Rachel Pearson is a doctoral student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Prior to her doctoral studies, Rachel received her B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Virginia and worked as a civil engineer for a land development firm. Her research centers on equitable and resilient water and renewable energy infrastructure systems. Rachel is passionate about understanding climate change’s impacts on vulnerable communities and finding infrastructure solutions to these complex challenges. Her research project uses HOMER software to integrate renewable energy systems into water treatment technology in rural Alaskan communities.