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Texas A&M Undergraduate Students

Kendahl Hejl is a senior at Texas A&M University, majoring in Honors Geographic Information Science and Technology. Kendahl currently serves as Vice President of Special Projects for the Geography Society on campus, and was an intern for the Office of Sustainability. She has worked with the Department of Atmospheric Sciences to build a GIS application for weather extremes and social applications, as well as with private companies analyzing remotely sensed images. Kendahl became interested in this project after taking a class on the global water crisis, and has been on the team for over a year.


Vanessa Rebentisch is a freshman at Texas A&M University hoping to major in civil or environmental engineering. She is very passionate about climate change and water security, especially because she is from Los Angeles, CA. She is involved with Engineers for a Sustainable World in order to participate in projects that will increase sustainability on campus. Within her major, Vanessa hopes to focus on water, especially in terms of adaptation to climate change.


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Texas A&M Graduate Students

Cindy Figueroa is a first-year Masters student in the Department of Geography at Texas A&M University. Cindy graduated from Texas A&M with a B.S. in Environmental Studies and a minor in Meteorology in 2019. Prior to attending graduate school, Cindy interned with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Water Policy Staff where she gained experience working with federal water policy and performed a benefit-cost analysis on improving impaired waters in Florida. Cindy now works as a graduate research assistant with the Pathways to Sustainable Urban Water Security project. Her current research will employ Q-methodology to examine perceptions and understandings of global water sector actors regarding how they envision their role and technologies in sustainability goals.


Lindsey Pressler is a second year Master of Public Service and Administration candidate (exp. 2022) at The Bush School of Government and Public Service, and graduated with a BS in Biological and Agricultural Engineering at Texas A&M University in 2020. She graduated Magna Cum Laude, with Engineering Honors, and as an Undergraduate Research Scholar. Her undergraduate thesis was on quantifying microplastic in soil and researching how they impacted soil health. Her thesis is published in OAKTrust. Furthermore, she also participated in a research project studying onsite wastewater treatment systems. Her engineering senior design project was a decentralized wastewater treatment plant in Ecuador. Lindsey has also been involved with ASPIRE, a freshmen seminar class, for three years in various leadership roles, including serving as the community service coordinator. Lindsey is passionate about protecting the environment and helping people have access to the natural resources they need.


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