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First Female Native American Earns Ph.D. in Engineering at UB
June 12, 2012
On May 12, Shannon Seneca became the first female Native American to earn a doctoral degree from UB's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Seneca, who received her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, has research interests in environmental and water resources engineering. She worked with Alan Rabideau, Professor of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, on an effort to remove radioactive waste from a site in West Valley, located 30 miles south of Buffalo. Seneca helped develop a permeable wall that, when placed underground, filters and removes strontium-90 from the soil. The project was funded by NSF's Ecosystem Restoration through Interdisciplinary Exchange (ERIE), which helps train new environmental scientists in nontraditional ways to repair impaired environments.
"Shannon's contributions, from extensive lab testing to helping develop complex mathematical models, as well as her collegiality and commitment to interdisciplinary work, have been invaluable to the ERIE program and the Western New York community," Rabideau said.