Melissa Estep

Melissa Estep graduated with the MS degree in Civil Engineering, with an emphasis on Hydrology, Water Resources, and Environmental Fluid Mechanics, in Spring 2019. Her research focused on the impacts of water markets and improved forecasting for the Elqui River Basin in Chile, collaborating with Prof. Paul Block and Dr. Justin Delorit from the University of Wisconsin. Melissa graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California, where she performed research on implementing sustainable water and sanitation systems in developing countries. Prior to joining the group, Melissa served as an intern at the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C., a Manufacturing Engineering Supervisor, and a Water Program Specialist at an environmental consulting company preparing NEPA documentation. She spent the summer of 2016 at INSTAAR working on the AirWaterGas “Mobile Methane” project, helping to develop an in situ process for collecting data on methane concentrations in water wells adjacent to oil and gas development. In her spare time she enjoys mountaineering, trail running, photography and playing guitar.

Read an interview with Melissa from the CEAE department!