MaryRose Sheldon is a 2017 graduate of the University of Maryland-College Park with a degree in Environmental Science and Policy, concentrating in Marine and Coastal Management. MaryRose worked with I-DROP during her internship with Dr. Karelyn Cruz at USDA NIFA (Summer 2017) to help explain and visualize the complexities of conservation practice adoption across the Mississippi River Basin as a part of our Walton Family Foundation project. She brings to the group experience with statistical analysis of environmental data as well as with GIS and remote sensing. She was born and raised in Frederick, Maryland, and she takes water quality and natural resources seriously since her favorite outdoor activities are being at the beach and hiking.
Shiyang Li was a visiting scholar studying advanced denitrifying bioreactor designs for I-DROP with both lab- and field-scale studies. He’s particularly interested in improving nitrate removal by incorporating a heating component into bioreactor designs and also in pairing phosphorus removal structures with bioreactors. He has a Ph.D. and a M.S. from Harbin Institute of Technology (Harbin, China), and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Illinois since 2012. Shiyang has since moved on to a faculty position in China.
S. Bianca Bailey is a Ph.D. student in the Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) department and a Dewson Fellow at the University of Illinois. She continues to be advised by Dr. Richard Cooke in ABE. She has a passion for teaching and water purification which has led to her pursuit of a doctoral degree. She is creating a sustainable water filter system to clean phosphorus from tile drainage water. She received her M.S. in Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Howard University in Washington, DC. In 2011, Ms. Bailey was awarded the White House “Champion of Change Award for Women & Girls in Science Technology Engineering & Math (STEM)” for her work in implementing water filters in Kenya and work in Sudan.