Megan L.


Megan is a PhD student at the University of Iowa studying Environmental Engineering. Her research focuses on developing low cost solutions for accessing safe drinking water, in resource constrained settings. Most recently, her work has been focused on a partnership with a non-profit in Nicaragua and Honduras, where she is using low cost water quality sensors to put water safety information into the hands of those who need it the most. Before graduate school, Megan studied Environmental Science at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. While an undergraduate student, she traveled to Uganda over 5 times to develop a drinking water safety research program in partnership with a small rural community. She also lived in Panama for 6 months working for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, where she studied microbial communities in streams while learning how to play soccer (extremely mediocre-ly). 

In addition to her own studies, Megan is passionate about tutoring and engaging with elementary and middle school students. She has spent time in a number of 5th grade classrooms, both in person and via Zoom, to lead sustainability and recycling clubs, and was a Letters to a Pre-Scientist pen pal. She received honorable mention status for her 3MT, focused on communicating her own research simply and effectively, and has received a number of awards for poster and verbal presentations at local and international conferences.  She hopes to extend this passion for sharing information, data, and knowledge about the world around us!

In her spare time, Megan enjoys cooking, particularly learning to cook food from many different parts of the world, playing with her dog August (and *sometimes* letting him sample the food she’s cooked), reading, and starting DIY projects she occasionally actually finishes.


Education & Qualifications
  • University of Iowa, PhD Candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Sustainable Water Development 
  • Drake University, BS in Environmental Science 
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Software