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Hazel Vaquero

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Hazel holds a BEng in Environmental Engineering from the City College of New York (CCNY), with an emphasis on wastewater management. As an undergraduate, her initial career goals were centered on remaining in the wastewater industry. As part of this initiative, she pursued internships at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and in the CCNY wastewater laboratory. 

During this time, Hazel also had an internship with the National Science Foundation, where she researched the social impacts of droughts in continental United States. She also learned about the impacts which severe natural disasters have on human health. This research sparked an interest in utilizing data science to solve these issues. 

To better understand how to do so, she decided to pursue a master’s degree at UC Santa Barbara in Environmental Data Science at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. Her goal is to utilize data science as a tool to further analyze the impacts environmental pollution, natural disasters, and severe weather events have on human health.

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