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Linda M. Abriola


In addition to her role as the Director of TIE, Linda is a University Professor at Tufts University, where she holds appointments in the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chemical and Biological Engineering. She is a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union. From 2003 to 2015, she served as the Dean of the Tufts University School of Engineering.  Prior to joining Tufts, Dr. Abriola was the Horace Williams King Collegiate Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan.  An expert in the characterization, transport, fate, and recovery/destruction of contaminants in the subsurface, Professor Abriola is the author of more than 150 refereed publications and has been the recipient of many awards and honors, including her recent appointment as a US State Department Science Envoy. Among her numerous professional activities, she has served as a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board, the National Research Council Water Science and Technology Board, the NAE Governing Council, the National Science Foundation Engineering Directorate Advisory Committee, the National Academies Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy, and the National Research Council Division Committee on Engineering and Physical Sciences.

Dr. Abriola received her Ph.D. and Master’s degrees from Princeton University and a Bachelor’s degree from Drexel University, all in Civil Engineering.

Nitsan Shakked

Associate Director

Nitsan is the Associate Director of Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE), an institute dedicated to interdisciplinary environmental research and education. Her research and professional interests lie at the intersection of water, energy, conflict, policy and society. Nitsan is a hydrogeologist by training and specializes in renewable desalination solutions for small island developing states (SIDS) and off-grid locations. She holds an M.A. in Global Affairs from Yale University, where she focused on technology and innovation in development. In addition, Nitsan holds a M.S. in Applied Environmental Geoscience from Tübingen University, and a B.S. in Geology and Earth Sciences from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She continuously advises organizations such as USAID, the State Department, GIZ, the European Union, the World Bank and various foreign ministries on development projects as well as innovation in peace building and conflict resolution. 

Jill Parlee

Assistant Director for Programs

Jill joined TIE in December 2016 as Assistant Director for Programs. Jill works closely with the Associate Director to help design, establish, facilitate, and coordinate TIE's core programs.

Jill is a natural resource management professional with a firm background in a range of natural resource issues, including climate change, waste management and food security. Jill has nearly 10 years of experience in the Caribbean region working on environmental issues in small islands and championing various grant-funded projects and consultancies related to sustainable development. She has expertise in responsible business practices, green growth, community development, sustainable financing, and stakeholder engagement garnered through her work and education.

Jill has a Master of Science degree in Natural Resource Management and Climate Change from the University of the West Indies, Barbados and a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Social Context of Business from McGill University, Canada.

Christina Kaltcheva

Administrative Coordinator

Christina joined TIE in May 2018 as the Administrative Coordinator. In conjunction with the Assistant Director for Programs, Christina works to support the expansion of interdisciplinary academic initiatives that make up TIE's programs. She also coordinates meetings, programs, and special events for TIE and assists with the development of materials, in addition to performing general administrative duties for TIE. 

Christina is a recent graduate of Brandeis University, where she earned a Bachelors degree in Environmental Studies and International and Global Studies. During her time at Brandeis, she studied Sustainable Development in Copenhagen, Denmark, with a particular interest in biking infrastructure and sustainable design. 

Benny Kim

Tufts - Greentown Liaison

Benny joined TIE in October 2017 as the Tufts-Greentown Liaison. He serves as the link between Tufts University and Greentown Labs, the largest cleantech incubator in the U.S. In his role, he will be working to connect students, faculty, and staff of Tufts with the cleantech entrepreneurs and professionals of Greentown to help grown the cleantech industry locally and worldwide. 

Prior to joining Tufts, Benn worked in environmental consulting at the Cadmus Group with a focus on solar energy policy and program administration. He also was an electrical engineer at Tank Utility, a member company of Greentown, building IoT devices for the delivered fuels market.

Benny is a double Jumbo with a M.S. in Innovation and Management and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University. 

Nate Pacheco

Graduate Intern
TIE Programming

Nate is a graduate intern, working primarily on environmental programs, though his is focused on the Sustainable Water Management (SWM) Master's Degree program. He graduated from Tufts in Spring 2018 with a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Engineering and a minor in Engineering Management. He is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Environmental Engineering and Water Resources.

Justin McCollum

Undergraduate Intern
TIE Programming

Justin is a junior at Tufts University majoring in Economics and Sociology. With a focus on finance, he hopes to go into either the energy or clean technology sectors after graduation. At TIE, Justin works on UNFCCC COP and Tufts Energy Conference.

Taylor Parrish

Graduate Intern-SWM Coordination
TIE Programming

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of English

Taylor assists in administrative task management for the SWM Master's program. At TIE she has assisted with various programs, website maintenance and development, and news stories for TIE initiatives and events. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in English Literature and Professional/Technical Writing. At Tufts, she is focusing on Transatlantic Environmental Literature and Ecocriticism.

Tabinda Siddiqi

Graduate Intern
TIE Communications & Outreach

Graduate Student, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Tabinda is a Graduate Intern at TIE. She earned a Masters Degree from the University of Edinburgh in South Asia and International Development after which she worked in the development sector in Pakistan for three years. She is currently a graduate student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy focusing on International Communication and Technology Policy.

Yuanda Wang

Graduate Intern
WSSS Coordination

Masters Candidate, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Class of 2019

 Yuanda assists in task management for various TIE-coordinated programs and initiatives, particularly the WSSS program. He earned his bachelor's degree from the Beijing Foreign Studies University after which he worked in a think-tank on maritime and climate issues. He is currently a graduate student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy focusing on International Business and Climate & Energy finance.

Bijay Bagale

Graduate Intern
TIE Programming

Masters Candidate, Sustainable Water Management Program

Bijay is a Masters student in the Sustainable Water Management Program (SWM). Prior to coming to Tufts, he worked as a Climate Change Adaption and Disaster Risk Reduction Consultant in Nepal.