Led by Charley Driscoll, EMPOWER is a team of over 50 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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Nicholas Zaremba

PhD, Earth Sciences

Nick is a PhD student in the Department of Earth Sciences. Before coming to Syracuse, he worked at the USGS in St. Petersburg Florida. He completed a M.S. in Geology from East Carolina University where he studied the stratigraphic architecture and paleoenvironmental change of Pamlico Sound, North Carolina. Nick’s research at Syracuse will focus on studying lake records to better understand how climate has changed in the past.…

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Teng Zeng

Assistant Professsor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Zeng’s research interests include the occurrence and fate of organic contaminants, formation and control of disinfection byproducts, public health implications of water reuse and environmental impacts of energy production. Zeng’s group combines controlled laboratory experiments with field work to study chemical processes occurring across diverse natural and engineered aquatic environments. His most recent work focuses on: (1) assessing transformation processes of organic contaminants and their interactions with dissolved and particulate constituents in natural waters and (2) characterizing sources of harmful byproducts to minimize their formation during drinking water purification and wastewater recycling to promote water sustainability while protecting public health.…

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Mengyi Zhang

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Mengyi Zhang joined Syracuse University in 2017 as an M.S. student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department. She is working with Dr. Svetoslava Todorova to build a low-cost, off-the-shelf monitor to predict harmful algal bloom in Skaneateles Lake. She is originally from China and received her B.S. degree in Qingdao Technological University in Shandong province.…

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Chenwei “David” Zheng

PhD, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

David is a PhD student in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering working with Dr. Akih. His research focuses on computational analysis of combustion and equation of state modeling. David uses Monte Carlo Molecular Simulation to analyze the quantities of different ensembles. He is working on the computation of thermodynamic behaviors based on molecular forces in micro-state.…