Daisy Benitez is a Master in Green Technologies candidate at the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering. Through this graduate program she plans to enhance her knowledge of the natural environment by working to understand the complex relationship between energy production and the environment. Her ultimate goal is to support the development of technologies for safe, sustainable, and reliable energy generation while minimizing negative impacts on marginalized communities. Daisy has conducted research on the use of unit process treatment wetlands for wastewater treatment at UC Berkeley through the Reinventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt) program. She has also interned at Ramboll Environ, an environmental consulting firm, where she focused on air quality permitting regulation in the city of Los Angeles. This summer Daisy was selected to participate in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program at Los Alamos National Laboratory where she will be studying the risks and feasibility of long-term geologic CO2 storage (GCS). Aside from her professional endeavors, Daisy is an active leader in the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) where she is dedicated to increasing the number of Latinx professionals in STEM fields. As a first-generation college student, Daisy feels an obligation to give back to her community by providing them with the resources necessary to not only be admitted into a four-year university but to also excel academically and professionally once admitted. This past year she served as the Chapter President for the SHPE USC student chapter, and will serve as the Regional Graduate Student Representative for the entire Southern California region this year. Daisy is originally from Dallas, TX and is a recent graduate from USC with a B.S. in Environmental Engineering.
Fellow at a Glance
Engineering, Chemistry, Toxicology