Catherine Anna Nikiel

Graduate Student

I joined the Eltahir group in September 2016 to work on modeling heat waves in North America using the MIT Regional Climate Model. In my research, I will investigate how changes in land use and GHG emissions have influenced the evolution of the climate of this region over the 20th century, and how heat wave intensity, frequency, and duration have changed over the past century and may change in future climate scenarios.

Prior to joining the group, I graduated from Rice University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (hydrology and water resources focus) and a minor in Energy and Water Sustainability. As an undergraduate, I was advised by Dr. Philip B. Bedient, Herman Brown Professor of Engineering in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and Director of the SSPEED Center, and I worked in his research group on projects centered around hurricane damage mitigation and urban stormwater management.