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.
Joseph WasswaPhD, Civil & Environmental Engineering
Joseph Wasswa is a Ugandan and a twin. He is also a first-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering working with Dr. Teng Zeng. Joseph earned a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from San Diego State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. Before moving to the U.S., he worked as Graduate Research Assistant in the School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bioengineering at Makerere University Kampala, Uganda. Joseph also interned at the Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations in Uganda. Currently, his research focuses on water quality and environmental chemistry and, as a trainee, he is interested in learning more about business and management. In his spare time, Joseph enjoys reading (particularly in the field of environmental engineering), going to church, singing gospel, watching movies, and visiting friends.