Name: Andrea Fernandez
Hometown: Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
Major: M.S. Environmental Engineering, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, B.S. Mathematics
Andrea graduated with a B.S. in mechanical engineering from SMU-Lyle in Spring 2010, and went on to complete a master’s degree in pastoral ministry at the University of Dallas. During that time, she interned at a Catholic Campus Ministry leading social justice volunteer events and retreats for college students. She was invited to come back to SMU to do research with Dr. Andrew Quicksall in water quality, and is now working towards completing a master’s in environmental engineering and doing her thesis on electrochemical drinking water treatment.
As an undergraduate, she was very involved with the Environmental Society, serving as president for a few years, with SMU Catholic Campus Ministry (leading a few retreats and serving on mission trips), and with the SMU Opera performances, including being assistant stage manager for The Tenderland. She had the wonderful opportunity of designing and building a collapsible wheelchair trailer, which she and her team then delivered to a 12-year old wheelchair basketball participant as a senior design project. For her graduate research, she is developing an affordable iron remediation process for refugee camp drinking water wells in Uganda. This is part of a bigger project in the lab group where other graduate students are investigating lead, vanadium, fluoride, and uranium remediation. As a graduate student, she has been a Teacher’s Assistant and was involved with Engineering and Humanity week, though most of her time is spent in the 3rd floor Embrey laboratory in a white lab coat and latex gloves!
Andrea is a proud Mustang and hopes that everyone at SMU strives to work hard and learn as much as they can during their time here. She definitely recommends doing study abroad (she went to Brazil for six months and is now fluent in Portuguese!) and getting involved with organizations that make them passionate.
She will defend her master’s thesis in May 2014.