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ACE 2020 Student Virtual Events 
Student platform paper presentations will be held throughout the technical program. See your fellow students present their research as platform presentations.

The Student Poster Presentations and Competition will be conducted in the ACE 2020 Virtual Platform.  Students will upload their posters and presentations and judges will review online.  The competition recognizes student posters to be the best among those considered in the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral categories. Awards for exceptional posters will be recognized with the A&WMA Honors & Awards. 
 
Environmental Challenge International (ECi) Competition (now virtual!) 
Student teams participate in a competition where they devise an environmental solution to a real-world problem and gain experience with proposing effective solutions taking into consideration site conditions, multiple parties' needs, and external events.

Get your team together now and start planning your strategy! Register your team by emailing PSullivan@SCSEngineers.com. Check out this year's ECi problem and protocol.
 
Student Keynote Presentation — "Working in Air Quality Science in Consulting and Government: The First Five Years" 
Presented by Annie Seagram, Air Quality Engineer, Bay Area Air Quality Management District

Ms. Seagram is a key part of the Assessment, Inventory and Modeling Division at BAAQMD, which focuses on compiling and evaluating emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases, conducting modeling-based studies to estimate air pollution exposures and impacts, and supporting the development of prioritized mitigation measures. She recently undertook a large modeling effort in support of BAAQMD’s first project under California Assembly Bill 617, a collaborative initiative where local air districts work with communities most impacted by air pollution to develop and employ proven and innovative strategies to improve community health by reducing exposure to air pollutants. Ms. Seagram holds an M.S. in Atmospheric Science from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver).

Career Panel
Students and young professionals are invited to listen to a panel of distinguished professionals from different parts of the environmental field, who will provide invaluable insight into the highlights of their careers.

Presented by: Melissa Ezzell-Maddy, Environmental Engineer, Lockheed Martin; Kraig Kurucz, Senior Staff Environmental Safety and Health Engineer, Lockheed Martin Space; Anthony Luong, Environmental Safety and Health Engineer, Lockheed Martin.

Melissa Ezzell-Maddy has worked for Lockheed Martin for two and a half years as an Environmental Engineer, specializing in Air Quality. She matriculated from the University of Maryland with a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Regis University. Prior to (and during) that, Melissa worked as a security guard for Allied, worked with disabled adults as a State of Colorado Human Services Licensed Psychological Technician, as a manager at GameStop, and as an Intelligence Analyst in the United States Army. She was stationed in South Korea, Ft. Campbell, and Ft. Huachuca.

Kraig Kurucz is a Senior Staff Environmental Safety and Health Engineer at Lockheed Martin Space in Sunnyvale, California and serves as a Director of the Bay Area Clean Air Foundation. He holds Master of Science degrees in Environmental Engineering and Civil Engineering from the University of Southern California and a BS in Chemical Engineering from California State University, Long Beach. Prior to returning to Lockheed Martin, Kraig managed Environmental Safety and Health for Intel Corporation at Technology Development and Manufacturing centers in California and Washington and Environmental Compliance for the Americas region. He managed Air Quality and Water Quality programs for McDonnell Douglas and Lockheed. Prior to that he consulted in air quality with Parsons Engineering and performed pilot scale and utility scale combustion research with Energy and Environmental Research. He also served 15 years on the Advisory Council to BAAQMD.

Anthony Luong graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering. His first job after graduating was with the Santa Barbara Air Pollution Control District as an Air Quality Engineer, where his responsibilities included writing air permits, attending inspections, and witnessing source testing for various industries (oil, mining, water treatment, and space). Anthony moved to San Jose and worked at Republic Services Newby Island Landfill as an Environmental Specialist, where he managed environmental issues with the landfill, recycling facility, and composting operation. His responsibilities included storm water, hazardous waste, and air quality management, and he also provided environmental input for capital projects such as new gas well installation, liquefaction mitigation, and upgrades to the composting operations. Anthony is currently at Lockheed Martin Space in Sunnyvale as an Environmental Safety and Health Engineer. He manages the air quality, confined space, machine guarding, and radiation safety program, and provides support to Lockheed Martin’s FBM and THAAD program.

Student Awards 
Student Awards will honor exceptional students who have received scholarships, poster awards, thesis and dissertation awards, and ECi awards in a virtual format in conjunction with the Association's Honors & Awards.