Cielo Sharkus is a Ph.D. candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research investigates the hazardous impacts of climate-related phenomenon (wildfire, drought, flooding) on human health and safety by exploring the impacts on drinking water quality, pollutant movement, and solute transport. Her work focuses on understanding how disenfranchised populations disproportionately experience environmental disasters and how to engineer physical and social resilience to these phenomena. Cielo is also the founder of H.O.P.E. (Humans for the opposition of pollution and emissions) a non-profit dedicated to participatory learning and engagement centered around hazard mitigation and environmental remediation in the Northeast.