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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Laura Markley

PhD, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Laura is a PhD student in the Civil & Environmental Engineering department working with Dr. Charles Driscoll. She earned her M.S. degree in Earth and Environmental Science from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA and her B.S. in Environmental Earth Science from Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, CT. Her previous research includes the sources and spatial distribution of arsenic in groundwater wells in Lebanon, CT and the application of the magnetic goethite/hematite (G/H) ratio to soils and paleosols in the mid-Atlantic region to determine paleoprecipitation.…

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Deanna McCay

Program Manager, EMPOWER

In her role as program manager, Deanna McCay oversees program communication, budget administration, and academic program administration for this interdisciplinary NSF-funded program. Prior to her current position, she was an acquisition editor at Syracuse University Press where she edited books in geography, Middle East studies, regional studies, and Native American studies. She earned a BA in biology from Binghamton University, an MS in ecology from The Pennsylvania State University, and a PhD in geography from The University of Georgia.…

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Geoffrey Millard

PhD, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Geoffrey is a fifth year graduate student in the Civil & Environmental Engineering Department at Syracuse University.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from St. Lawrence University in 2010 and his Master’s in Environmental Engineering Science and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Sustainable Enterprise from Syracuse University in 2016.  Before attending Syracuse University, Geoffrey was a Research Support Specialist at SUNY-ESF and the Syracuse Center of Excellence where his research focused on nutrient dynamics in a central Adirondack watershed and urban carbon, energy and water fluxes in the city of Syracuse.  …

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Yaskira Mota

MS, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Yaskira attended Syracuse University where she earned her degree in Environmental Engineering. Currently she is pursuing her Master’s in Environmental Engineering and working on data modeling to relate change in thermal stratification of Adirondack lakes with changes in Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC) .