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Student Mixer:

When:     Tuesday, May 20th, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Where:    Pacific Coast Brewery, located at 906 Washington St. (at 9th St.), which is walking distance from conference hotel.

Details:   An informal time for students to meet, hang-out, and interact with one another. Please bring cash with you to purchase food and drinks. Individual tabs will not be available.

Structuring Critique: A workshop on how to effectively review a journal article:

When:    Monday, May 19th: 10:00 AM – 12 noon.

Where:   Room 212

Details:  This session will offer students an opportunity to learn how to effectively and professionally peer-review a journal article.  If you plan on participating, please come to the session having already read the following manuscript posted on ResearchGate: You will first need to log in or create a ResearchGate account to access and download the manuscript. Alternatively, you can download the manuscript for review by clicking on the link below. After the workshop, final student reviews will be posted on ResearchGate to help the authors develop an improved manuscript!

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Here’s the workshop itinerary:

10:00 -10:30 AM:  Dr. Tim Gutowski, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, speaks  with students about the peer-review process, followed by a Q & A session.

10:30 – 11:00 AM:  Drs. Susan Clark and Cassie Thiel will lead the discussion on how to effectively write a review.

11:00 – 11:30 AM:  Group work time on writing/editing reviews

11:30 – 12:00 AM: Group discussion on lessons learned, challenges, tips, suggestions, and closing remarks.


Please let us know if you plan to attend either event by filling out a quick registration form.

Also, visit the ISSST Student Group on Facebook and LinkedIn!

Student Group Committee:

Jose Alfaro,  President


Jose has just finished his PhD at the Center for Sustainable Systems in the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment. He is a former National Science Foundation Graduate Student Fellow.   He was a Research and Development Engineer for a multi-national chemical company before returning to academia and earning a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Clemson University (2011).   He also has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Tennessee (2003).   He will start as Assistant Professor of Environmental Practice at the School of Natural Resources and Environment this May.

Andrea Hicks, Director of Social Media


Andrea is a PhD candidate in Civil and Materials Engineering and a research assistant at the Institute for Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Clemson University (2010) and a B.S.
from Michigan Technological University in Environmental Engineering (2009). Previously she has spent time as an ORISE research associate at the US EPA’s Region 5 office.

Cassandra Thiel, Events Coordinator

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Cassandra Thiel is a postdoctoral associate at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) where she conducts research on the environmental impacts of green, high-performance buildings and teaches a service-learning course for freshman engineers.  Dr. Thiel obtained her BS in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University in 2009 and completed her PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Pitt (2013) where she was an NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Fellow at Pitt’s Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation.

Susan Spierre Clark, Faculty Adviser


Susan Clark is a postdoctoral scholar in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University where she conducts research in the area of climate change and human development as well as the sustainability or urban systems. She also teaches two sections of Sustainable World 110 and co-teaches Sustainability iProjects 498 in the School of Sustainability. Dr. Clark completed her BS in Atmospheric Science from The University of Albany in 2006, obtained her MS in Earth Science from the University of New Hampshire in 2008, and recently graduated from ASU with her PhD in Sustainability in May, 2013.


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