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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.

Rachel G Brown 

Administrative Coordinator

Rachel joined TIE in July 2017 as the Administrative Coordinator. In conjunction with the Assistant Director for Programs, Rachel works to support the expansion of interdisciplinary academic initiatives that make up TIE's programs.

Rachel served as an environmental educator at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy by presenting at orientations, administrator meetings, and student organizations about recycling and sustainable practices. In addition, Rachel has significant experience implementing and managing projects and programs for environmental sustainability.

Rachel has a Masters degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Tufts University and a Bachelors degree in Environmental & Cultural Anthropology from the City University of NY, Lehman College with a focus on sustainable practices in Japan.

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. 

Molly Haragan

Graduate Intern
TIE Programming

Masters Candidate, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Class of 2018

Molly assists in administrative task management for various TIE-coordinated and supported programs and initiatives, including TIE Fellows, the TIE Environmental Film Club, and the Tufts Energy Conference. She earned a bachelors degree in Economics, French, and Spanish from Baldwin-Wallace College (Ohio). At the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, she is focusing on international environment and resource policy and development economics.

Iain Addleton

Graduate Intern
Sustainable Water Management Degree Program & TIE Programming

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

Iain is a graduate intern at TIE, working mainly for the Sustainable Water Management Master of Science degree program. He graduated from Davidson College in 2012 as a history and political science major before spending four years in the U.S. Air Force and working for the U.S. State Department in Belgium and Colombia. He is now pursuing a master's degree at the Fletcher School, focusing on environment and resource policy, science diplomacy, and maritime studies.

Taylor Parrish

Graduate Intern
TIE Programming

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of English

Taylor assists in administrative task management for various TIE-coordinated programs and website maintenance and periodically writes news stories for TIE's 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.

Julia Miller

Graduate Intern
WSSS Coordination & TIE Programming

Masters Candidate, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Class of 2018

Julia assists in administrative task management for various TIE-coordinated programs and initiatives, such as the WSSS program. She earned her Bachelor of Science from University of Rhode Island where she studied Marine Affairs, an interdisciplinary degree consisting of marine science, law and policy. At UEP, Julia is focused on water quality management and public health.

Carolyn Meklenburg

Graduate Intern
TIE Communications & Outreach

Masters Candidate, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Class of 2019

Carolyn manages TIE’s social media accounts, TIE’s newsletter and portions of the website. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Stonehill College in 2014, followed by a year of post-graduate volunteer service with AmeriCorps Cape Cod. Her most recent experience working for an urban land trust inspired her to pursue her masters at UEP.

Tabinda Siddiqi

Graduate Intern
TIE Communications & Outreach

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

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.

Peter Milliken

Graduate Intern
WSSS Cordination & TIE Programming

Masters Candidate, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Class of 2019

Peter assists assists in administrative task management for various TIE-coordinated programs and initiatives, particularly the WSSS certificate. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware in Ecology and Organismal Biology and worked as an Environmental Health Specialist prior to pursuing his masters degree at UEP. 

Amira Al-Subaey

Undergraduate Intern
TIE Administration and Data Management

Bachelors Candidate, International Relations, Class of 2019

Amira is​ a junior at Tufts University majoring in International Relations. She is Arab-American raised in Abu Dhabi, UAE. At TIE, she organizes logistics for TIE events, works on data management, and coordinates other administrative tasks. ​

Katie Parker

Undergraduate Intern
TIE Special Projects

Bachelors Candidate, Biology, Class of 2020

Katie is a sophomore undergraduate intern at TIE, working on varying projects. She is hoping to focus her academic studies on agriculture and the current system's environmental impact. She was drawn to TIE because of its focus on the intersection between different environmental factors, particularly water and food.

Caila Bowen

Undergraduate Intern
Graphic Design

Bachelors Candidate, Africana Studies, Class of 2019
Caila serves as a graphics design intern at TIE. While at Tufts, Caila enjoys working with the Caribbean Students Organization, Black Student Union and Center for the Study of Race and Democracy where she serves as director of events, co-president, and a research assistant respectively. She is from Georgia.