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ACE 2021 Student Virtual Events
Student Platform Presentations and Poster Competition
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 2021 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 during the Student Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, June 16.

The Student Poster Session will take place on Tuesday, June 15 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET.
Environmental Challenge International (ECi) Competition 
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 Check out this year's ECi problem and protocol.

Join this year's ECi teams as they present their posters on Tuesday, June 15 at 3:40 pm ET. Then, tune in when the teams present their solutions to this year's problem on Wednesday, June 16 at 2:00 pm ET, followed by the virtual Student Awards Ceremony.
Student Keynote Address: “Creating a Resilient and Equitable Orlando”
Wednesday, June 16, 10:00 am – 11:00 am ET 

Presented by Brittany Sellers, Assistant Director, Office of Sustainability & Resilience, City of Orlando 

Brittany Sellers has worked in the City of Orlando's Green Works Office of Sustainability and Resilience for the last five years. In her previous role as a Sustainability Project Manager, she focused on the development and implementation of policies and programs related to clean energy, green buildings, water, and transportation. As the recently-appointed Assistant Director of Sustainability and Resilience, she is advancing and supporting work across all pillars of climate and sustainability and creating the City's first resilience plan. She completed her bachelor's degree in psychology at Flagler College and earned her master's and Ph.D. in human factors psychology from the University of Central Florida, where her research focused on influencing sustainable behaviors through a combined approach of motivation and design.

Moderator: Haofei Yu, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, University of Central Florida

Dr. Haofei Yu is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering at the University of Central Florida. He worked as a post-doc at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Yu’s research focuses on air quality modeling, exposure and health impact assessment, and low-cost air pollution sensors.
Career Panel: Tips on Finding an Environmental Job and Advancing Your Career in Industry, Government, and Academia
Wednesday, June 16, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET 

Get the inside scoop from distinguished young professionals working in different areas of the environmental industry as they share their career experiences and advice on the job search process, how to prepare, and how to succeed. Panelists will be available online after the presentations to answer questions from students and young professionals interested in pursuing jobs in the environmental industry.

Presenters include:

Cesunica E. Ivey, Assistant Professor, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Riverside

Dr. Cesunica Ivey is an assistant professor in the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of California, Riverside. She will join the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at UC Berkeley in July of 2021. She earned her Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Georgia Tech in 2016. She was a postdoc in the Department of Physics at the University of Nevada Reno through 2017 and was also visiting scientist at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in the spring of 2018. Her research centers on atmospheric modeling, source apportionment, data assimilation, exposure monitoring, and environmental justice applications.

Jiannan (Nick) Chen, Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering, University of Central Florida

Dr. Chen is an assistant professor in the department of CECE at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Chen’s research focuses on solid waste management, including fate and transport of emerging contaminants in the waste containment system, polymer-based geosynthetics, and machine learning in engineering design. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin in 2015 and worked as a postdoc researcher at the University of Virginia before joining UCF.

Veronica Figueroa, Senior Engineer, Air Permitting & Compliance, Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC

Mrs. Veronica Figueroa is a senior engineer for Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC. She has extensive fertilizer process knowledge and regulatory compliance and serves as a lead subject matter expert for ongoing Title V work across Mosaic’s North American operations. Mosaic is the largest crop nutrient manufacturer in the U.S., providing about 74% of the concentrated phosphates used in the country. Achieving this involves the continuous compliance review and responsible emission management from production and material handling systems. Mrs. Figueroa works closely with facilities to identify opportunities and assist with the execution of initiatives to improve and standardize air compliance programs.

Pawan Kumar Subramaniam, Engineering Specialist, Florida Department of Environmental Protection 

Pawan has worked for Florida DEP as an engineering specialist over six years and is currently responsible for air permitting across several industrial sectors, including power plants, portland cement plants, and municipal solid waste landfills. Prior to FDEP, Pawan was a research associate with Florida State University where he also received his master’s degree and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Moderator: Upasna Rai, Environmental Engineer, Koogler & Associates, Inc.

Upasna Rai is an environmental engineer at Koogler & Associates, Inc. In this role, she works in air permitting, related environmental consulting and air dispersion modeling for facilities across the State of Florida. She completed her bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from India and her master's degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida. As the Education Director of the A&WMA Florida section, she has been actively involved with the student program and hopes to aid in bridging the current professionals with the future.

Student Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, June 16, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm ET 

The Student Awards Ceremony will honor exceptional students who have received scholarships, poster awards, thesis and dissertation awards, and ECi awards.