Graduates » People

Led by Laura Lautz, EMPOWER is a team of over 40 people, including the leadership team, affiliated faculty, staff, graduate students, and external advisors. Browse our full directory below, which includes the leadership team and our graduate student trainees, or check out the information about our affiliated faculty and external advisors.

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Sara Alesi

MS, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Sara is from New Fairfield, CT and earned a B.S. in Environmental Science and a B.A. in Geography from Villanova University in 2014. After completing her undergraduate degrees, Sara worked in an environmental chemistry lab in Connecticut, where she analyzed soil and water samples for a variety of parameters. Wanting to see the bigger scope of her work, Sara joined the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at Syracuse University in August 2015 and began working with Dr.…

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Kyle Blaha

MS, Chemistry

Kyle earned his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Hiram College in 2015. While there he did research on metal-ion concentrations in local water/soil sources, such as the Penguin exhibit of the nearby zoo. He also spent time researching the steric effects of aldimine synthesis, a project he did his undergraduate capstone on. Kyle joined the Kahan group in 2015.…

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Megan Daley

PhD, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Megan is from Syracuse originally and received a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from SU in 2011. She spent three years at the engineering firm Arcadis after graduation before coming back to the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering to work with Drs. David Chandler and Steve Shaw (SUNY ESF) in 2014. Her research interests are in low-flow stream recession and groundwater hydrology in small watersheds in the northeast.…