emily lawson-bulten

weSTEM speaker co-coordinator


Emily Lawson-Bulten is a third year PhD student in the Agricultural & Biological Engineering Department. Her research grows out of Contextual Engineering and aims to provide engineers with guides to understanding and addressing unjust power dynamics when working with communities, especially in non-industrialized areas. She has worked on water systems in seven countries, promoting humility in engineering understanding to emphasize community decision-making. She graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering and International Development Studies from Calvin University in 2017. She then worked in industry and government as a Natural Resource Engineer before coming to UIUC for her PhD. She loves the outdoors, refurbishing old things, ceramics, and – of course - her pup.

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