UCOWR is pleased to announce the 2017 Ph.D. Dissertation Award recipients:
Dr. Madeline Gotkowitz, University of Wisconsin
Madeline Gotkowitz has been a Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Wisconsin - Extension and the Wisconsin Geological Survey since 1999. She received a B.A. (Environmental Science, 1991) from Smith College and an M.S. (Hydrology, 1993) from New Mexico Tech. Madeline, a self-proclaimed late-bloomer, recently completed a Ph.D. in Environmental Science at University of Wisconsin - Madison with a dissertation titled, “Evaluating Remedies for Pathogen Contamination of Urban Groundwater.” Research interests span the fields of physical hydrogeology and fate and transport of groundwater contaminants, and she has studied the geologic sources of naturally occurring contaminants, including arsenic, chromium, and radium, to Wisconsin’s aquifers, as well as surface water-groundwater interactions, flow across aquitards, and groundwater flooding. Her current projects address the spatial and temporal distribution of wastewater constituents in groundwater, including the transport of enteric viruses, artificial sweeteners, and personal care products. Madeline was appointed to the City of Madison, Wisconsin’s Water Utility Board in 2009 and has served as President since 2011.
Dr. Marwa Salem, North Carolina State University
Marwa Salem is a Senior Economist at RTI International in Durham, North Carolina. She holds a B.A. in economics at Cairo University in Egypt where she later earned her M.A. in financial economics. In 2016, Marwa completed the Ph.D. program at North Carolina State University, specializing in water economics. Her dissertation was comprised of three essays, two of which were methodological, the third, empirical. Along with Dr. Roger von Haefen, Marwa developed a latent-class, discrete continuous choice model of water demand and addressed water demand management policies in her dissertation. Marwa’s research interests include environmental economics, applied econometrics, economics of technology, data science, and machine learning. Her work at RTI involves conducting econometric analyses in topics related to climate change, migration, water pricing, acreage response, renewable energy policy, and technology transfer. Marwa also enjoys developing web-based data analysis and visualization tools as well as interactive reports and presentations.