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Thushara De Silva

John Nay Ph.D. Candidate, Environmental Engineering


Thushara De Silva is a doctoral student in Environment Engineering at Vanderbilt University. Thushara completed Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Electrical engineering at University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. She also completed MBA in management of technology in the same university. She won Asian Development Bank scholarship and president’s scholarship for her post-graduate studies. She involved in power generation planning considering multiple aspects associated, during her work at Ceylon Electricity Board, power utility of Sri Lanka. She represented power sector in multi-purpose water resource planning and climate change mitigation committee during her work. She received trainings on energy system analysis, hydropower and other power technologies at international institute such as IEA, IAEA, International center for theoretical physics and International center for hydropower at Norway.  Her current research is on developing decision supporting models for water resources and energy infrastructure planning & management of Sri Lanka.


Ke "Jack" Ding

Jack Ding Ph.D. Candidate, Environmental Engineering

Ke Ding (Jack) is a Ph.D. Student in Environmental Engineering at Vanderbilt University School of Engineering (VUSE). He received his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering and Consulting Engineering certification from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. His research interests mainly concentrated on studying the inter-relationships of the Water-Energy-Food nexus, and providing sustainable solutions to the WEF issues globally.  He currently works on an analysis of WEF nexus for Sub-Saharan African countries. He is also a BOLD Fellow, which he primarily collaborates with faculties at Vanderbilt to develop an online module for the undergraduate course: Intro to Environmental Engineering taught at the VUSE. He currently serves as the president of American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (VU chapter), and the vice president of the CEE graduate student council.

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