PhD Student Profiles
The following is a list of students in the doctoral program at the Bloustein School
D’Aversa, Margaret M.
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Gonzalez-Toro, Antonio C.
Good, Ryan M.
Grady, Bryan P.
Mend, Stefan G.
Teresa, Benjamin F.
Tulach, Nicholas K
Jui Agrawal – MPP
Jui Agrawal is pursuing a Master in Public Policy degree. She currently works at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development on campus assisting with research related to disability employment. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware double majoring in political science and history. Since receiving her undergraduate degree, Jui has spent time working in Washington, DC both at the Pew Charitable Trusts and a boutique government relations firm focusing on environmental, tax, and health policy issues. Most recently, she worked with the Arc of California researching and advocating for disability rights. Jui was elected as the Vice President of Public Policy for the Rutgers Association of Planning and Policy Students (RAPPS).
Kelley Mason – MCRP
Kelley Mason is currently a second year MCRP student at the Bloustein School. She works for the school’s Environmental Analysis and Communications Group assisting with research related to climate change and potential impacts on the built and natural environment. As an Environmental Planning concentrator, Kelley is passionate about public green spaces and climate change resilience. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and majored in Environmental Studies. For her senior thesis Kelley worked with land owners in Costa Rica to determine if a recent government initiative based on the extension of conservation areas would harm this vulnerable population. Recently, Kelley was able to use her GIS skills as a summer GIS intern for the transportation consulting company Nelson Nygaard in New York City.
Angie Oberg – PhD
Angie Oberg is a full-time doctoral student at the Edward J. Bloustein School. Her doctoral research focuses on the socio-political aspects of water and sanitation infrastructure development with emphasis in South Asia. She is particularly interested in how relations at all levels of a project affect development outcomes at the local scale and the aggregated effects of those outcomes on a regional or watershed scale. Angie holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, California and a Bachelor of Arts from Austin College. She has worked as an environmental planner in California, Texas, and Pennsylvania on projects in the United States, Italy, United Arab Emirates, and Africa. She is currently a teaching assistant for the Department of Human Ecology at Rutgers University.
Jacob is a third year undergraduate in the Health Administration program at the Bloustein School. He was one of the first students enrolled in this new program, and is thrilled to get to learn from the administrators of major central Jersey healthcare organizations. Jacob has interests in Operations and Information Technology, and spent this past summer as a consultant on an Electronic Medical Records Implementation project in upstate New York.Outside of the classroom, Jacob is the Vice President of the Future Healthcare Administrators, the professional organization of the healthcare administration program, and is also the Treasurer of Demarest Hall, the Special Interest Housing Program at Rutgers, and an active member of the technical crew of the Livingston Theatre Company.
Nezar is a senior at the Bloustein School majoring in Health Administration. He is currently the President of the Future Healthcare Administrators; a student-led organization dedicated to developing future healthcare leaders by promoting networking, academics, and community involvement to the students at Rutgers University. Nezar has long been interested in the field of healthcare and had plans of attending medical school but fell in love with the business and operational aspects of healthcare and decided to switch things up. Also minoring in Labor Studies, he will use his management and leadership experience to pursue an entry-level healthcare operations or management position after graduation within a healthcare facility or clinic.
Planning and Public Policy
Abby Thompson is a sophomore double majoring in Planning and Public Policy at the Bloustein School and Communication with a specialization in Public Relations and minor in Economics. She is especially interested in environmental policy and community development. This summer she is interning at City Green, a non-profit in Clifton, NJ. The company’s vision involves creating livable, green, sustainable farms and gardens in urban communities through engaging youth and adults in a variety of programs. She will be involved with creating a video series about their Growing Strong Program, a summer camp for school children. She plans on getting her Masters of Public Affairs after receiving her undergraduate degree from Rutgers. Abby hopes to pursue a career that will combine her passion for public relations with public policy.
Alef Tadese is passionately studying for a Planning and Public Policy degree in and outside the classroom. He is one of early recruits to join the Edward J. Bloustein School undergraduate program, and he has gone beyond expectations. He has been enhancing his degree by studying Geography and acquiring a certificate in Geographic Information System & Cartography. Also, Alef is working on two more certificates in Urban Planning and Community Sustainability as part of his degree program. He has shown exemplary academic standing and community involvement since his freshman year. He has been actively involved in leadership roles surrounding grassroots activism efforts by coordinating voter registration drives, facilitating environmental campaigns, and increasing political consciousness across the campus. His educational background and skills have led him to intern as a planning aide with the Hudson Square Improvement District in Lower Manhattan during his summer. He is now working as a planning intern in the Middlesex County Planning Board to update the Open Space & Recreation Element of the Master Plan during his school year. However, Alef is soon to graduate in May 2016, and he awaiting to work in areas of community development, transportation, and the environment in a large metropolitan city and later abroad, specifically in Ethiopia.
Kyle is a Public Policy major with a minor in Political Science. He has been awarded the PNC top performer for student athletes for the past two semesters. This spring, he was accepted to the five year combined Bachelor of Science and Masters in Public Policy program.
His campus involvement includes participation in the Rutgers University Student Assembly, Board of Trustees for the Daily Targum, SCREAM Theater and Scream Athletes (stands for students challenging realities and educating against myths; student run improv group to educate and prevent interpersonal violence), the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (executive board), and a scholarship athlete for the division one Men’s Track and Field Team (400 hurdler). His community service involvement includes Embrace Kids Foundation, New Brunswick Good Neighbor Welcome, Special Olympics NJ, Read Across America, Dancing with the Deans, and Franklin High School Spanish club tutor/mentor.
Kyle interned in his home district congressional office (Rodney P. Frelinghuysen) and expects to get more involved in government and politics as his career progresses. After Rutgers he hopes to work with legislators and influence policy in the field of education and/or social justice.
One of Danielle’s favorite quotes is “It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it ”- Lou Holtz. Danielle is a Daughter, Sister, Aunt, Niece, Friend, Veteran, Data Collector, Assistant College Basketball Coach, Peer Educator and so much more. With the three jobs she maintains and the many hats she wears, she believes being a student always comes first no matter what. Danielle said “Education is giving me the knowledge I need to one day help influence change in the world, which is why I choose Public Health as my major”. After she Graduates in 2017, she aspires to own a non-profit organization which will be focused on improving the health and overall wellness for underprivileged families. She knows that Rutgers will provide the educational tools she needs to reach her goals.
Cora is a rising senior with a major in Public Health. Her two main interests within the field are epidemiology, and environmental health, specifically relating to water pollution. She interned with the Middlesex County Environmental Health Division, where she was responsible for water sampling tests and data analysis. Cora is also a student in the five-year BS/MPH program, where she will further her public health studies and interests at the Rutgers School of Public Health.