Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute (KWRRI)

Interns: Steven Hoagland, Ellie White, Laura Norris, (on screen Dr. Lindell Ormsbee, Director) Christie Oliver:Communications Director, and Yabin Miao, (not pictured: Sarah Sams)

KWRRI Summer Interns 2014

Below is a short biography written by each of the students

.Steven: I am currently a senior at the University of Kentucky studying Water Resources and Hydraulic Engineering. After receiving a B.S. in Civil Engineering in December of 2014 I plan to graduate with a M.S. in Civil Engineering by December of 2015. I was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky and had the privilege of playing collegiate baseball for the University of Kentucky during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Outside of academics I enjoy almost all outdoor and recreational activities including golf, hunting, kayaking, etc.  During the spring and summer months of 2014 I have worked for the KWRRI on the Water Distribution System Security Projects which were funded by the National Institute of Hometown Security.

Ellie: I am Ellie White a senior majoring in Civil Engineering at UK.  I was born in Iran, but I have lived in England, Iran and Canada before coming to the United States and becoming a proud American citizen. My husband and I are both avid UK basketball fans have been cheering on the CATS before I even came to study here. In the past year, I have been working on the Floyds Fork Nutrient Management Model. You can also see some of my artwork on the UK SRC for RT presentations. I plan on getting a masters degree after graduating with my BSc in May 2015.

Laura: My name is Laura Norris, a senior at Eastern Kentucky University, working toward a B.S. in Geology, minoring in Environmental Sustainability and Stewardship, as well as being certified in GIS. Being from Somerset, KY I enjoy spending time by the lake, in addition to running, hiking, and learning new outdoor skills. I expect to graduate in December of 2015, with hopes of attending graduate school in focus of hydrology/hydrogeology. As a summer intern at the Kentucky Water Resources Research Institute, I have been able to sharpen and gain many new skills with the GIS software. Creating spatial layers and running data analysis within the Floyd's Fork Project has given me great insight as to what team work is all about and how to take pride in my job.

Sarah: My name is Sarah Sams, and I am from Winchester, KY. I am a junior at Vanderbilt University where I am majoring in Earth & Environmental Science and Sociology. This summer, I primarily worked on organizing the historical data for the Kentucky Watershed Watch. In my free time, I like hiking and running. I am currently attending Vanderbilt University with expectations of graduating 2016 in Sociology and Earth & Environmental Science. Also Co-President of Vanderbilt Solar Decathlon.

Yabin: I am Yabin Miao from China. I graduated from University of Kentucky with my bachelor degree in Civil Engineering in May, 2014. Now I am going to University of Washington (Seattle) to continue my master’s program.  During the summer I developed a computer model for managing nutrients in the Floyds Fork Watershed.