Maya Elizabeth Carrasquillo is an Environmental Engineering PhD Candidate at the University of South Florida conducting research at the convergence of environmental justice, sustainable and equitable development, and critical water infrastructure. Her dissertation research aims to characterize the relationship between stormwater management best practices, mainly urban green infrastructure, and environmental injustice in U.S. cities to develop a bottom-up framework that supports meaningful community engagement towards improved equitable development and management of stormwater infrastructure.
She plans to pursue a career at the intersection of culture and identity, social justice and engineering through policy, social entrepreneurship, and science outreach and communication, emphasizing the importance of community engagement in her research to develop just and sustainable solutions.
Maya has previously served on the EPA National Environmental Justice Advisory Council Youth Perspectives on Climate Justice Work Group, as National Pre-College Initiative Chair of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and a co-advisor to the Middleton High School Chapter of NSBE, and currently serves as the Planning and Evaluation Subcommittee Chair for the East Tampa Community Revitalization Partnership.
Maya is also a certified Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) and has founded SowlySustainable Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in community engagement and sustainable infrastructure management in southeastern U.S. communities.
ArcGIS and GIS Mapping
Systems Thinking and Modeling
ENVISION Sustainability Assessment
Environmental Systems Design
Qualitative Research (Interviews)
Written and Verbal Communication
Diversity and Inclusion Leadership
PhD Candidate in Environmental Engineering
2015 - present
Analyzing policies and procedures of green infrastructure programs throughout major U.S. cities.
GIS techniques used to evaluate relationship between green infrastructure and environmental justice in cities, by race and median-income.
Creating ing community-based framework for equitable development of stormwater infrastructure.
Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and External Alliances Graduate Technical Intern
June 2016 - August 2016
Conducted research and data analysis around tbe progress and current success of Intel's Pipeline Program with the Oakland Unified School District to capture key stakeholder feedback (students, teachers, parents, district administrators and community members) about program experiences for continuous improvement and student exposure and engagement to STEM curriculum and careers.
Data methodology and analysis included conducting 35 semi-structured interviews with stakeholders and survey distribution for both qualitative and quantitative feedback.
Environmental Engineering Graduate Intern
May 2015 - August 2015
Conducted 12 full scale experimental design to optimize the concentrated metal waste treatment system at Intel Corporation, focusing on minimizing the copper waste effluent and solid waste to help with Intel's goal of net-zero waste. Experimentation included fine tuning system ingredients to optimize the neutralization, and coagulation stages of the treatment process.
University of South Florida
2015 - present
PhD in Environmental Engineering
National GEM Consortium Fellow
Alfred P. Sloan Minority Doctoral Scholarship
Florida Education Fund McKnight Doctoral Fellowship
National Society of Black Engineers, National Pre-College Initiative Chair
EPA National Environmental Justice Advisory Council Youth Perspectives on Climate Justice Work Group
Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors
Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S. EnvE
2010 - 2015
B.S. in Environmental Engineering, and Minor in History
Honors Program Student
Undergraduate Research and presenting at various conferences.
Actively involved in K-12 outreach through the National Society of Black Engineers, Near Peer Mentoring, and Women in Engineering Ambassadors.
Represented College of Engineering in various student panels, and award ceremonies for distinguished alumni.