Stephanie had the opportunity during the Summer of 2013 to apply her Hinkley funded research in China through a National Science Foundation bolyardFellowship. She worked at the Institute of Waste Treatment and Reclamation at Tongji University in Shanghai, China. During her visit she was also a guest lecturer at Tsinghua University in Beijing China.

Her research interests include the fate of nanomaterials in municipal solid waste landfills, waste stabilization, post closure care, and organics characterization. Stephanie received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Florida (2008) and master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Central Florida (2012). Her master’s thesis focused on studying the fate of nanomaterials in municipal solid waste landfills. She has also worked for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and as a consultant with Brown and Caldwell prior to starting her PhD.  While working in consulting she was involved in integrated solid waste management planning evaluations, residential recycling feasibility and waste characterization studies, landfill closure stabilization evaluations, stormwater pollution prevention plans, and preparing permit applications for solid waste management facilities.

Graduate Projects

Pump and Treat Aerobic Flushing Bioreactor Landfill

What I'm Doing Now

Stephanie is currently pursuing her PhD in environmental engineering at the University of Central Florida under Debra Reinhart and is an Environmental Research and Education Foundation doctoral scholar. Her PhD research is on the Pump and Treat Aerobic Flushing Bioreactor Landfill, which is funded by the Hinkley Center. The goal of this research is to provide sustainable landfilling by removing releasable carbon and ammonia-nitrogen at the end of a bioreactor landfill life.


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