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Graduate Student of the Week: Katie Balaze


Canton, Michigan

What are your previous degrees?

B.S. of Biosystems Engineering at Michigan State University

Who is your adviser and what are you studying?

Dr. Hunt. I am researching the effects of a treatment train that combines a pervious gutter with a street tree along a road in Burlington, North Carolina.

What first made you interested in the field?

My interest in stormwater management was fostered during a BMP undergraduate course and through my previous career where I created industrial stormwater pollution prevention plans.

What do you like most about BAE, the department, Weaver labs?

I appreciate that the research here is applied and that there is an emphasis on professional development.

What is a little known fact about you?

I enjoy woodworking and took night classes while working in my previous career.