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My name is Wainella Isaacs. I’m a USF alum (see pic below), and also a current student in the Environmental Engineering PhD program at USF. For Summer 2018 I’ll be conducting field work on the beautiful island of Barbados for a Water Sector Resilience Project. For 6 weeks I’ll be attached to the local water utility – the Barbados Water Authority (BWA), that is responsible for providing potable water and sanitation services for the approximately 285,000 island population.

Picture: Wainella Isaacs Graduating from USF in 2017 with Master’s in Engineering Science, conc. Environmental Engineering

Participation in this study abroad program, “Barbados Water Sector Resilience 2018” is generously supported by the Ellsworth G. Simmons Scholarship for International Leadership. As a self-funded International student, scholarships are an important source of financial support to help cover my research and professional development expenses. The Ellsworth G. Simmons Scholarship for International Leadership significantly reduces this financial burden and contributes towards the cost of my living expenses in Barbados.

Barbados is like my 4th home, after Tampa FL (3rd), Trinidad and Tobago (2nd) and Guyana (1st, my birth place in South America). Co-incidentally, to get to Barbados for the start of my program on July 1, last week I had to travel from Tampa to Guyana (intransit in Trinidad) to renew my passport. In general, your passport needs to be valid for 6 months for travel to most destinations, and I was due for a new one. Received my new passport today, and I’m now all ready to go to Barbados.

Picture: Leaving Tampa Florida to renew my passport in Guyana, South America

My work in Barbados builds on my master’s research which I conducted there, as well as a recently funded USD 27.6 Million project that USF, under the guidance of my PhD Advisor Dr Maya Trotz, collaborated with the BWA to submit to the Green Climate Fund. More details on this project in my next post.

My Education Abroad Program will fulfill one of my field work requirements towards the completion of my dissertation for my Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering. I’m excited to be able to complete this step in my #journeytothePhD and build my practical skillsets for effective field work execution.

Until next week, I say au revoir!



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