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Previous Interns

Dianna Hook is a senior at Rutgers University, studying Environmental Planning. Dianna volunteers for local environmental conservation projects as well as educates the community's youth on the importance of protecting our natural world. As an intern on the Middlesex County Parks Master Plan project, she has produced and analyzed datasets of current municipality recreation and open space sites. She has also interpreted municipality master plans and identified potential recreational spaces and conservation areas throughout Middlesex County. Dianna has utilized the skills she has learned in her Intermediate GIS class to produce data and spatially analyze the county.

Jess Thorning is pursuing her graduate degree in Landscape Architecture at Rutgers University. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture with a minor in Plant Science at Rutgers University before entering the MLA program. Her interests include exploring the role of making, fabrication, and digital design and modeling within landscape architectural education as tools for creativity and research.

As an intern on the Drumthwacket project, Jess worked on researching Northeastern historical barns and modeling barn placement options within the site, as well as producing rendered drawings and grading detail plans.

Will Magnanini is an undergraduate at Rutgers University. He is pursuing a degree in Landscape Architecture and a minor in both Spanish and History. Will is an outdoorsman and a traveler. He hopes to translate his cultural and historical knowledge into design inspiration. Additionally, he wishes to foster more resilient and enjoyable cityscapes by making built form more reflective of organic form.

As a CUES intern, Will is currently working on the Middlesex County Open Space Update. Up to this point in time, he has worked on inventorying the open space facilities for various municipalities in Middlesex County, as well as updating their associated GIS datasets. Also, he has synthesized important information in the Open Space Master Plan elements of these same municipalities, in order to geospatially reference their proposed open space acquisitions.

Julia Burmistrova is in the undergraduate five-year Bioenvironmental Engineering program at Rutgers University, and is studying natural and engineered solutions that will increase public open space and help mitigate flooding in Perth Amboy.

Her project is made possible through the Center for Urban Environmental Sustainability and the Aresty Research Center. For the project, the City of Perth Amboy wants to redevelop and connect multiple properties (public and private) along a 1.5-mile stretch of coastline. Under the leadership of Dr. Beth Ravit and Dr. Wolfram Hoefer, the City has asked Julia and Eden Cohen, a Landscape Architecture student, to work collaboratively to develop a plan for shoreline redevelopment, while improving coastal resiliency. To understand existing conditions, Julia studied various attributes of the study site, such as the soil quality, previous flooding events, and the number of CSOs whose discharges could affect the properties. The next phase is to add natural and engineering features to the project design and analyze various design elements using software such as HydroCAD to determine which approaches might be most effective in reducing flooding.

Giovanni Caputo is double majoring in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning & Design with a minor in green technologies at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University. Giovanni will be starting a Master's program in Landscape Architecture beginning in Spring 2020 at Rutgers University. His interests are about finding ways to create a sustainable and resilient environmental design as a response to climate change and sea level rise in the New York Harbor. As an intern on the Urban Coastal Protection for Eastern Bayonne project, Giovanni conducted vegetation transects fieldwork, sourced and analyzed a variety of data about the site and coastal protection strategies, helped develop three island conceptual designs, prepared illustrative graphics, and assisted in final report preparation.

Brady Smith is a rising 3rd year graduate in the Landscape Architecture Program at Rutgers University. His interests in the program include local, sustainable food systems, water resource management, ecological restoration and coastal resiliency. His overall interest is in adaptive planning and design as it relates to cities, primarily those that are located on and near coastlines.

Brady has enjoyed living in a variety of locations, ranging little villages in rural Iowa and Illinois to sprawling urban cities such as New York City, Houston, and Jacksonville. His love for coastal systems eventually led him to Jacksonville Beach, FL where he lived along the shore and obtained his undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Marine Science. Before pursuing Landscape Architecture, Brady enjoyed other professions, ranging from sales and service to environmental consulting and water resource management. His mantra is, "being interested in being interested" as he envisions a lifetime of learning and understanding the world we live in.

As an intern on the Urban Coastal Protection for Eastern Bayonne project, Brady researched and prepared an report analyzing progress and potential of the Hudson Raritan Estuary Comprehensive Restoration Plan, conducted vegetation transects fieldwork, sourced and analyzed a variety of data about the site's natural systems, researched and developed adaptive management recommendations for a proposed island, and assisted in final report preparation.

Federico Liu Yang is a Rutgers Bioenvironmental Engineering student in the Class of 2020. As an intern on the Urban Coastal Protection for Eastern Bayonne project, he sourced and analyzed data about the project site to inform design development, conducted fieldwork, as well as reviewed the engineering aspects of proposed island construction and protection strategies. He also analyzed hydrologic data provided by engineering colleagues at the Stevens Institute of Technology and calculated a variety of metrics related to three island designs options, communicating findings to the design team so hat appropriate design decisions could be made.

Aleeza Langert is an undergraduate student at Rutgers University pursuing a double major in Environmental Planning & Design and Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, with a minor in Landscape Design and a certificate in Geomatics. Aleeza is passionate about the intersection of ecology and urbanism, and the importance of green spaces in cities. She has previously been a Rutgers Aresty research assistant working on dune restoration for coastal resiliency and has participated in research on urban agriculture in Bangalore, India.

As a CUES intern on the Urban Coastal Protection for Eastern Bayonne project, Aleeza conducted vegetation transects fieldwork, provided extensive ecological literature review to inform design development, and assisted in writing and preparing the final report.

Mouli Luo is a graduate student in Landscape Architecture Program at Rutgers University. She earned her Bachelor of Urban Planning (2014) in China, and a Master of City and Urban Plan from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy (2016). She worked as a planner in New York State before coming to MLA program. Her academic interests are urban public space design, urban design, and Asian traditional garden. Her overall interest is landscape and urban sketch.

As a CUES intern on the Urban Coastal Protection for Eastern Bayonne project, Mouli conducted field data collection, sourced site data and developed site analysis maps, and prepared design perspective renderings and additional illustrative graphics.

Zoe Orlino is an undergraduate at Rutgers University in pursuing a degree in Landscape Architecture with a minor in Green Technologies as well as a Masters in Landscape Architecture through the dual degree program. Zoe is passionate about the connection between art, culture, and sustainable living and is interested in finding ways to reflect those aspects in landscape design.

The Urban Coastal Protection for Eastern Bayonne project is Zoe’s second CUES internship. She was responsible for design development, rendering conceptual design plans and preparing additional illustrative graphics. Zoe was previously part of the CUES team that collaborated with the Trust for Public Land on the Feaster and Pittman Parks Re-Design project.