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.…