Director

Marina Vance

Marina Vance

Assistant Professor • McLagan Family Faculty Fellow
Mechanical Engineering
Education: PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech MS, Environmental Engineering, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina BS, Sanitation and Environmental Engineering, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina. About: Nina was born and raised in Florianópolis, an island in southern Brazil. She received her bachelor's in Sanitation and Environmental Engineering from the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, located in her hometown. Then she spent 3 years working as an environmental engineering consultant,...

Graduate Students

Avery Hatch

Avery Hatch

PhD Student
Environmental Engineering
Education: BS, Biochemistry, Elon University, 2020 About: Avery’s research is focused on exploring how wildfire particulate matter enters homes and evaluating reasonable home interventions to protect residential environments. When not in the lab she enjoys baking, listening to podcasts on her porch, and exploring Colorado’s vast outdoor landscapes.
Austin Hayes

Austin Hayes

PhD Student
Education: BS/MS, Mechanical Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2018. About: At RIT, his research focused on metal additive manufacturing to create micro and macrostructures for pool boiling enhancement. At CU Boulder, he is interested in applying additive manufacturing to the renewable energy sector. He has studied the influence of additive manufacturing on air quality with emphasis on powder-binder jetting and commercial machines. He came to CU, not only for the...
Andrew Martin

Andrew Martin

Researcher
Environmental Engineering
Education: BS, Environmental Engineering, Minor: Energy Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder. About: Drew worked as a Discovery Learning Apprenticeship project on filtration and aerosol conditioning (2020 - 2021) and as a researcher after his bachelor's graduation. In his free time, Drew enjoys rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking 14ers, and playing guitar.
Brittany Nixon

Brittany Nixon

PhD Student
Mechanical Engineering
Education: BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, 2020. A.A. Engineering, Howard Community College, 2018. About: Brittany is working on predicting particulate matter soiling of photovoltaic modules using air quality sensor data. She likes getting outside, reading, art, cooking and enjoying food with people. Brittany is co-advised by Prof. Mike Hannigan in Mechanical Engineering.
Sumit Sankhyan

Sumit Sankhyan

PhD Student
Mechanical Engineering
Education: BS, Mechanical Engineering, Vellore Institute of Technology, 2017 About: Sumit's research is focused on investigating emissions of black and brown carbon indoors. His hobbies and interests include hiking and reading in addition to exploring bike routes in Boulder.
Sofie Schwink

Sofie Schwink

PhD Student
Environmental Engineering
Education: BS, Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2021 About: Sofie is researching how physical properties of particulate matter change when transported between indoor and outdoor environments. She enjoys backpacking, cycling, knitting, and spending time with her pets.

Undergraduate Students

Steven Coyan

Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) student, CU Boulder, Summer 2021
Mechanical Engineering
Ashley Fowler

Ashley Fowler

Discovery Learning Apprenticeship (DLA), 2020-2021.
Environmental Engineering
Education: BS Student, Environmental Engineering, CU Boulder. About: Ashley is working on a Discovery Learning Apprenticeship project measuring the size distributions and light absorption properties of particulate matter. In her free time, Ashley enjoys doing yoga and exploring various genres of literature and music.