Portrait of Sydney Eiss
BS Student
Environmental Engineering

Sydney Eiss is an undergraduate student studying environmental engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder with a passion for global development and climate change work. During her degree, she assisted civil engineering doctoral student Shaye Palagi as a DLA on her research in decision making processes during post disaster relocation. During this time, she wrote a paper, “Measuring Exposure for a Better Tomorrow: An Analysis of Hazard Mapping and Survey Data as Methods to Measure Risk” that won the Natural Hazards Center Student Paper Competition in 2018. She now works as an Undergraduate Research Assistant Intern at the Natural Hazards Center. She is an active member of Engineers Without Borders Nepal and has co-led a design team to create a menstrual hygiene management friendly latrine to help girls feel more comfortable at school. When not studying, Sydney loves to spend time in the mountains hiking or in coffee shops writing novels.


  • BS in Environmental Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder, intended graduation 2019 

Minor: Electrical Renewable Energy Systems


  • Discovery Learning Apprenticeship (DLA), 2017

  • Undergraduate Student Paper Competition Winner, Natural Hazards Workshop 2018