Current Students*

Graduate Students:

Tasnuva PicTasnuva Mahjabin, Working in conjunction with Dr. Grady and Dr. Alfonso Mejia
Tasnuva is a PhD student in the Water Resources Engineering Program at Penn State. She received her MS in Civil Engineering from Florida International University and BS in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. Her MS thesis focused on analyzing long-term trends in extreme rainfall events in Florida. Before coming to the USA, she worked as a lecturer in Civil Engineering department at University of Asia Pacific, Bangladesh. Her current research focuses on the area of Water-Food-Energy Nexus and complex system analysis of cities and urbanization. She likes to travel, read books and watch movies in her free time.

Lauren Trepanier Photo

Lauren Trepanier
Lauren is a PhD student in the Water Resources Engineering Program at Penn State. She received her BS in Agricultural & Biological Engineering and her and MSE in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Purdue University. At Purdue her interests included environmental natural resources and water treatment. Having a long-standing passion for clean drinking water, she worked from 2015 to 2018 with a Kenyan-led nonprofit organization leading the development of a household water treatment initiative with  communities in Southwestern Kenya. Motivated to understand the processes of international development, Lauren is pursuing her PhD in Civil Engineering in Water Resources at Penn State. Her research focuses on household water treatment in and the ethics of international development.

Paniz Mohamadpour
Paniz is a PhD student in the Water Resources Engineering Program at Penn State. She received her MS in Civil Engineering (Water Resources Engineering and Management) from University of Tehran and BS in Civil Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology. Her MS thesis focused on measuring the sustainability between water supply and demand by developing a Hybrid Sustainability Index for a river basin in Iran. During her MS studies, she was also engaged in a research project to create a comprehensive plan for reducing the water pollution in Iran. Her research interests are in the areas of regional sustainability of water supply and demand, sustainable development, and water quality management. She enjoys playing basketball, traveling and watching movies.

 Undergraduate Students:



Jack Iffert

Jack is a senior studying Civil Engineering (B.S.) and Philosophy (UMNR) writing his Honors Thesis on the disparities of flood insurance risk map adoption in the U.S. context. He is from from Valley Forge, PA and is currently president of his THON organization Apollo.


Abby PhotoAbby Cowser

Abby is currently a Civil Engineering (B.S.) junior with an interest in writing her Honors Thesis on water quality from improved sources in developing countries. She is involved with Penn State’s Chapter of Engineers in Action as the Project Manager where she will be leading a bridge building trip to Bolivia.



Engineering, Technology, and Ethics (ETE) Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Dr. Grady is currently co-managing the ETE Undergraduate Research Fellowship funded by the Leonhard Center and the Rock Ethics Institute. This year’s project explores interdependent critical infrastructure systems, both physical and cyber. The project will also focus on ethical issues arising from vulnerabilities in these systems. Co-managing faculty include Dr. Sarah Rajtmajer and Dr. Daniel Susser.

2018-2019 Fellows:

  • Vidur Mishra; Junior, Information Science and Technology and Philosophy (Fall, Spring)
  • Christopher Thomas; Junior, Computer Science (Fall, Spring)
  • Nicholas Wanner; Sophomore, Computer Science and German (Fall, Spring)
  • Jack Iffert; Senior, Civil Engineering and Philosophy (Fall)
  • Ryan Jacobs; Junior, Mechanical Engineering and Entrepreneurship for Technology (Fall)

About Dr. Grady, Principle Investigator

Dr. Grady is an Assistant Professor The Pennsylvania State University. She also holds a duel appointment in the College of Engineering Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and in the College of Liberal Arts Rock Ethics Institute. In 2018, Dr. Grady was named the inaugural Faculty Fellow for the Center for Security Research and Education. Dr. Grady also holds a courtesy appointment in the School of International Affairs.

Prior to joining PSU, Dr. Grady worked in various environmental policy roles for the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the U.S. Department of State. In these roles, she worked on a myriad of issues including water & energy, agriculture, air quality,  budget & appropriations, international development, and diplomatic engagement. Most recently, Dr. Grady spent two years on the U.S. State Department negotiating team for the Montreal Protocol Treaty and it’s recently adopted Kigali Amendment.

Education: Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Purdue University; Masters in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Purdue University, Bachelors in Science and Technology Studies (Humanities, Science, and the Environment Major, Environmental Policy and Planning Minor), Virginia Tech.

Student Awards

  • Jack Iffert – Ralph Dorn Hetzel Memorial Award, Spring 2019
  • Jack Iffert – Engineering Technology and Ethics Fellowship, Fall 2018
  • Tasnuva Mahjabin – Penn State College of Engineering Travel Grant to attend the AGU fall conference
  • Tasnuva Mahjabin – Acceptance and travel award to attend the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center Graduate Student Workshop on Socio-Environmental Synthesis, Fall 2018
  • Lauren Trepanier – Penn State University Graduate Fellowship, 2018-2019
  • Andrew Pannone – College of Engineering Research Initiative (CERI) Scholarship, Spring 2018
  • Andrew Pannone – College of Engineering Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Summer Fellowship, Summer 2018

Previous Students

2017-2018 Jose Fernandez; Masters of Engineering, Graduated Spring 2018 | Penn State Civil Engineering, Water Resources |
2017-2018 Andrew Pannone; Undergraduate Student, Sophomore | Penn State  Engineering |


*Current and prospective undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to contact Dr. Grady to inquire about available positions. To work with Dr. Grady for your graduate degree program, please submit your application to the Civil Engineering – Water Resources program at Penn State.