Andrea is originally from Syracuse, New York and received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts. She began at the University of Connecticut in August 2010 and is pursuing a PhD in Chemical Engineering. She works under Dr. Leslie Shor researching the applications of microfluidic devices in the field of soil ecohydrology to improve estimations in global climate modeling. In her spare time, she enjoys playing and listening to music, reading, cooking, and drawing. When the weather is nice and she’s not in lab, Andrea also enjoys bicycling, rock climbing, camping, and hiking with her dogs.