BS Physics, North Park University
Rachel Torres is a first-year PhD student interested in hydrology, climate change, and how different natural processes affect urban environments. Rachel graduated summa cum laude from North Park University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Physics. As an undergraduate, she spent a summer researching coastal physical oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, where she first became interested in numerical modeling of the natural environment. She also spent time as an intern at Argonne National Laboratory, where she assisted in alternative fueled vehicle research and learned about the intersection of economics, policy, and science through the issues facing electric vehicles. At the Bren School, Rachel plans on shaping her research around informatics and computer modeling using the Regional Hydro-Ecologic Simulation System (RHESSys) model, and she hopes to combine her work with new data visualization techniques to improve scientific communication.
Environmental modeling, hydrology, climate change