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Marilyn S

- Research Program Mentor

MSE candidate at Syracuse University


Chemical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Leadership, Graduate school application, interview and career fair prep, Engineering


My name is Marilyn Smith and I am a current graduate student at Syracuse University where I am earning my master's degree in Environmental Engineering. I am a recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma from which I obtained my bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. During my time at the University of Oklahoma, I was involved in working on the use of biomass-derived activated carbon for the removal of polyfluoroalkyl substances from water. I truly enjoyed this work and the contributions I was able to give to this research. My current research project involves looking at the impacts of Hurricane Ida on the Gulf Coast and New York City through using satellite imagery and GIS software to depict disruptions to water distribution systems and oil leaks in the Gulf of Mexico. When I am not doing research I have also had the opportunity to intern at various engineering companies as a chemical and environmental engineer. In my free time, I enjoy any opportunity that I can to be outside and enjoy some good weather, read a good book, and spend time with the ones I love the most. I also really enjoy giving back to my community in any way that I can. A fun fact about me is that my cure to any bad day is a bowl of cookies and cream ice cream!

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Using the engineering design process to solve a problem

Water contamination is a growing problem in our water sources. The main pollutants found at these sites are either organic material, inorganic material, macroscopic, microbial, or thermal. Some of these can be removed from water through physical processes with things that can be found in your home. This project would work to go through the engineering design process to design a water filtration system. Identifying the problem and potential solution.

Water Information Systems

There are so many things that can be learned through data systems, especially about our water resources. This project would involve processing large amounts of rainfall data and programing it in order to analyze the trends and make future predictions for compromised infrustrucre and agriculture.

Coding skills

VBA, C++, Python, R

Languages I know


Teaching experience

I have worked as a mentor and teaching assistant at each institution that I have attended and I have been able to grow as a mentor and help many students during my journey.


Work experience

Upstate Freshwater Institute (2021 - 2021)
Laboratory Analyst
CVR Energy (2020 - 2020)
Process Engineering Intern
Halliburton (2019 - 2019)
Sperry Drilling/ Production Enhancement Intern
University of Oklahoma (2020 - 2021)
Teaching Assistant


University of Oklahoma
BSE Bachelor of Science in Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Syracuse University
MSE Master of Science in Engineering candidate
Environmental Engineering

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