Andrea L. Hicks
Graduate Research Assistant
Institute for Environmental Science and Policy
University of Illinois at Chicago
2121 West Taylor Street
527 SPHW, MC 673
M.S. Environmental Engineering, Clemson University, 2010
B.S. Environmental Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 2009
Andrea Hicks is a Graduate Research Assistant at IESP and a graduate student pursuing PhD in the Department of Civil and Materials Engineering.
Andrea received her B.S. in environmental engineering from Michigan Technological University in 2009. While working on her B.S. she spent summers interning in the automotive and the cement manufacturing industry. She received her M.S. from Clemson University, with her graduate research focusing on the modeling of greenhouse gas emissions from conventional small scale wastewater treatment plants. While at Clemson, she was a teaching assistant in the Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Science, for undergraduate and graduate courses such as, introduction to environmental engineering, drinking and wastewater treatment and design, and pollution prevention.
From January through August 2011, Andrea worked as an ORISE Research Associate, through Oak Ridge National Labs, at the Region 5 EPA Office in the Superfund Division. During her time at the EPA, she performed site mapping to support Superfund remediation and review activities, spatial modeling of groundwater data, and worked to implement the interface to the GEOS (groundwater evaluation optimization system) database.
Andrea is excited to be joining IESP and to begin working with Dr. Tom Theis. Her research interests focus on utilizing environmental systems analysis to reduce anthropogenic impacts on the natural world. Her proposed research at UIC will likely focus on the impact nanomaterials in conventional building materials. Andrea’s goal is to utilize environmental systems analysis is the academic, governmental, or corporate setting to minimize impacts on the natural world.