Liz Bell

Hello, my name is Liz Bell. I hold a M.S. with thesis in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) under the guidance of Tzahi Cath. My research interests focus on forward osmosis membrane biofouling in membrane bioreactors. In 2011, I received a B.S. in Environmental Systems Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. Upon graduation, I worked at one of IBM’s semiconductor facilities, where I was the lead environmental engineer for the biological wastewater treatment plant. In my free time, I enjoy reading, trail running, and skiing and I am always ready for an outdoor adventure, which the state of Colorado abundantly provides.

Ella Walker 

Hello, my name is Ella Walker and I received my M.S. with thesis in Environmental Engineering from Colorado School of Mines in May of 2016. I moved back to my home state of Oklahoma where I am working as a Water Resources Engineer for the Oklahoma Geological Survey at the University of Oklahoma. My duties include characterizing the Arbuckle Formation using hydrologic concepts in order to understand waste injection-induced seismicity. I also work on contaminants of emerging concern in water bodies that will potentially be a source of drinking water. The WE2ST Center prepared me for my dream job by providing me with a large range of communication, technical and social skills, which stood out in my interview process with companies in Oklahoma. 

Skylar Zilliox 

Bio to come

Cynthia Kanno

Hello, my name is Cynthia Kanno and I am a ConocoPhillips Center for a Sustainable WE2ST graduate student alumna.  I received an M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering Science from the Colorado School of Mines under the guidance of my advisor, Dr. John McCray. My M.S. thesis research focused on numerical modeling of surface spills related to oil and gas activity and assessing the potential risks to groundwater quality. Before coming to Mines, I received a B.A. in Geosciences from Princeton University and spent a year working as a research associate studying enhanced recovery of coalbed methane and shale gas systems. Now that I have completed my M.S. degree, I will start working at an environmental-hydrogeology consulting firm in New Jersey. In my spare time, I enjoy playing tennis, cooking, and seeing musicals. 


Kevin Chan 

Hello, my name is Kevin Chan. I received an M.S. thesis degree in Environmental Engineering Science from Colorado School of Mines (CSM) under the guidance of Dr. John Spear. Prior to conducting research, I received a M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a B.S. in Environmental Engineering, both from CSM. My graduate thesis research focused on the microbial ecology of key biological communities involved in novel oil and gas produced water treatment systems. Following my academic career, I will be pursuing a career in environmental consulting and assisting with microbial research at CSM. In my free time, I enjoy rock climbing, training for marathons, skiing, and playing hockey.


Kathryn Newhart

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Austin Roberts 

Greetings!  My name is Austin Roberts and I graduated from Mines in the spring of 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical & biochemical engineering and a minor in computational & applied mathematics.  I have industry experience in mining as well as oil & gas, starting in summer 2013 as a metallurgical technician with Kinross Gold Corporation.  I moved into oil & gas during summers 2014 and 2015, working for BHP Billiton Petroleum as a field intern and surface engineering intern, respectively.  In the fall of 2015 I accepted a full-time position as a graduate process engineer at BHP Billiton which will commence in August of 2016.  As an undergraduate scholar, I was able to connect my experience in the operations side of unconventional oil & gas to environmental stewardship and community engagement.  My research and industry experience culminated in a pilot multidisciplinary senior design project with alumni scholars Kate Newhart and Austin Shaffer creating a field development plan for ConocoPhillips’ Niobrara operations east of Aurora, CO.  While attending Mines I was a member of the CSM club ice hockey team as well as the Colorado Alpha chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society.  I will carry the valuable skills and knowledge acquired as a WE2ST scholar with me as I move from academia to industry, allowing me to make informed engineering decisions that incorporate consideration for water usage, treatment, and discharge, as well as impacts on local communities where oil and gas operations are built.  In the future, I hope that I can share what I have learned with other professionals and students so that awareness of the water-energy nexus is widespread.  

Austin Shaffer

Salutations!  My name is Austin Shaffer and I am a ConocoPhillips Center for a Sustainable WE2ST undergraduate student alumna.  I graduated from Mines in the spring of 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering.  My WE2ST research focused on community acceptance, communication, and Corporate Social Responsibility in context with unconventional energy production. My work with Skylar Zilliox and Jessica M. Smith described the impacts of Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) on nearby Colorado towns involved with oil and gas development.  I have had oil and gas industry experience since the summer of 2013 as a Field Engineer for BHP Billiton and continued working my summers for BHP Billiton as a Reservoir Engineering Intern.  Currently, I work a full-time position for BHP Billiton as a Reservoir Engineer for both conventional and unconventional assets.  My four years at mines, industry experience and research experience lead up to a multidisciplinary senior design project with alumni scholars Austin Roberts and Kate Newhart.  While attending Mines I was a 400M runner on the CSM Varsity Track Team as well as a member of many communities such as: Tau Beta Pi, Society of Petroleum Engineers, Resident Hall Association, Mines Men’s Leadership Community, and Phi Gamma Delta.  With my spare time, I enjoyed hiking, dancing and playing board games.  I am grateful to have received the training and experience from the WE2ST Program and hope to share my knowledge as I venture into the working world of Oil and Gas.


Micaela Pedrazas

Carley Lauer

Holly Poldona 

Luis Servin 

Kylie Ford 

Taylor Poynor

Michelle Pedrazas


Kaylie Haynes

Seth Suydam


  Kaylie Haynes

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