“UMBC has a wonderful campus out of the city, so you forget you are in the middle of the metropolitan area of DC-Baltimore. I love Baltimore because it has a lot of historical places and museums. Also, every weekend there are some sports events around the area.”
Hometown: Santiago de Veraguas, Panama
Degree Program/Post-Baccalaureate Certificate: Environmental Engineering (Ph.D.)
Expected year of graduation: 2023
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Lee Blaney
Thesis/research topic: Forensics tools to locate leaking sewers in urban streams: analysis of the dissolved organic matter, emerging contaminants, and toxicity.
Awards/Fellowship: Fulbright Scholarship – Foreign Student Program
2012, B.S. Industrial Chemistry, University of Panama
Previous Graduate Study:
2017, M.S. Technological and Environmental Chemistry, Federal University of Rio Grande, Brazil
Why did you decide to attend UMBC? And why did you choose your program in particular?
I decided to attend UMBC due to research area that my current adviser (Dr. Blaney) is focused on it. The fate, transport, and toxicity of emerging contaminants is a important topic to the environment and public health. Also, CBEE program has excellent faculty members who work in different areas which can interchange ideas to improve their work.
What are some of the benefits of being part of the graduate community at UMBC?
Graduate community at UMBC is diverse and supportive. I like the fact that UMBC has different student associations which allow you to learn about other cultures and countries.
What is your favorite thing about UMBC? Your favorite thing about Baltimore?
UMBC has a wonderful campus out of the city, so you forget you are in the middle of the metropolitan area of DC-Baltimore. I love Baltimore because it has a lot of historical places and museums. Also, every weekend there are some sports events around the area.
Have you worked on any specific research projects that you would like to highlight?
I have presented my research in conferences: -Batista-Andrade, J. A; Hain, E.; He, K.; Blaney, L. Determination of eight UV-filters in surface water samples using dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction with high performance liquid chromatography and UV detection. ACS Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting (Baltimore, MD), May 30, 2019. -Hain, E.; He, K.; Batista-Andrade, J. A.; Feerick, A.; Timm, A.; Tarnowski, M.; Blaney, L. Contaminants of emerging concern in Chesapeake Bay rivers fed by urban and agricultural areas. Spring 2019 ACS National Meeting (Orlando, FL), April 2, 2019.
What are your plans after graduation from UMBC?
After completing my Ph.D., I want to apply to a pos-doc position to improve my career. Then, I want to apply to a faculty position.
When you are not teaching/researching, what are your hobbies or interests?
Dancing, meeting new friends and playing volleyball.