Maya Trotz is an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Professor Trotz is an outstanding role model for developing and implementing K‐12 educational initiatives. What truly defines her activities as outstanding is that she engages university students and faculty with grand challenges of local and global importance that promote sustainability in under‐served communities in the U.S. and Caribbean through innovations that are accessible to teachers and students. She has sought out opportunities from the EPA P3 program, EPA National Research Center for Nutrient Management, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the Sagicor Visionaries Challenge to fulfill her vision. Moreover, she has stayed the course in all of the communities in which she has made an impact. Her emphasis on issues of local and global importance emphasize that engineers not only need to continue to transform how they design and manage infrastructure, but more importantly, need to change education and curriculum at every level that engages often neglected students, teachers, and communities.
AEESP Award for Outstanding Contribution to Environmental Engineering & Science Education
Maya Trotz, University of South Florida
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