Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Starting in July 2020: Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Center Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University
Sarah is a postdoc at MIT CEE and incoming Assistant Professor at Stanford CEE studying water resources, food, infrastructure systems, risk, and climate change adaptation. She holds a PhD in Engineering Systems from MIT's Institute for Data, Systems, and Society. Her recent research focuses on planning under uncertainty in water resource systems. In particular, her work investigates the potential for Bayesian learning to enable adaptive planning and policymaking, targeting scarce resources more equitably and efficiently across vulnerable populations. She is currently using remote sensing analysis to assess the vulnerability of food systems in sub-Saharan Africa and guide climate change adaptation.
Before starting her PhD, Sarah worked as a researcher and consultant on issues at the intersection of water, energy, and environment at IHS CERA. She was formerly the Director of Product Development at the startup Sourcewater, where she led the development of the first online marketplace for water and wastewater for energy companies. Sarah has an S.M. in Technology and Policy from MIT and a B.A. in Physics and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
In her free time, Sarah enjoys rock climbing, playing the violin, baking bread, and reading novels. She is originally from Baltimore, MD.
Sarah is affiliated with the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, the MIT Strategic Engineering Research Group, and the Center for Complex Engineering Systems at KACST and MIT. She was previously a fellow with the MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design and the MIT Energy Initiative.