Emma Stine
PhD Student
Civil Systems

Emma is a 1st year Ph.D. student advised by Dr. Amy Javernick-Will. She is passionate about food and water security, the improvement of life through infrastructure and technology, and the strong inter-cultural ties that can come from well-executed development. Her interest in sustainable development complexity was fueled by being a part of Engineers Without Borders in her undergrad and working on a few income expansion projects in Kumponda, Malawi.

Why I choose to pursue a PhD

My educational and project experiences have cemented in me the importance of studying the intricacy of global engineering and properly executed aid.  Too many well-intentioned projects are never implemented, never used, break with no maintenance plan, or are too expensive because the community's needs and limits were never understood. By pursuing a Ph. D. at UC Boulder, I can learn the necessary skills to research various complexities of this field, including how to objectively and ethically work in this field.


BS in Mechanical Engineering, California Polytechnic University, 2019

MS in Agriculture and Water Engineering, California Polytechnic University, 2020


Critical Language Scholarship, Urdu 2018