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Tara Hackel

Program Manager, Southwest Environmental Finance Center
Civil Engineering
University of New Mexico

tshackel@unm.edu

Tara was employed with the Southwest Environmental Finance Center between September 2018 and May 2019. Tara has a BSE in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences from the University of Michigan and a MA in Educational Psychology from The University of New Mexico. Tara joined the Southwest Environmental Finance Center in 2018. Tara is an educator and a problem solver. Tara has experience with program development, program management, research, learning science, curriculum development, and pedagogy. Tara developed curriculum for and taught more than seven University-level courses and has presented hundreds of workshops. She is an active researcher in the areas of learning and educator efficacy, with multiple peer-reviewed publications and more than ten national conference presentations.


Francine Stefan

Program Specialist, Southwest Environmental Finance Center
Civil Engineering
University of New Mexico

Francine was employed with the Southwest Environmental Finance Center between November 2016 and September 2018. Francine has a B.A. in International Studies from North Carolina State University and an MPA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her experience includes program implementation, student engagement, business development, financial management, and organizational development.


Diane Stevenson

Program Coordinator, Southwest Environmental Finance Center
Civil Engineering
University of New Mexico

Diane was employed with the Southwest Environmental Finance Center between April and August 2018. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science, Biology Option from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and an A.S. in Agriculture, Horticulture Technology from Oklahoma State University.  Diane brings her environmental professional background with technical writing, coordination, and research skills to the team. Diane worked with federal, local, state, and tribal environmental professionals on Superfund (CERCLA) sites, facilitated environmental education, and hosted environmental conferences.  She understands the need for regulations to avoid creating big environmental messes costing billions and taking decades to centuries to re-mediate. In her free time, Diane enjoys promoting habitat preservation and restoration through volunteer work with the Albuquerque Chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico.


Derek Luna

Data Analyst, Southwest Environmental Finance Center
Civil Engineering
University of New Mexico

Derek was employed with the Southwest Environmental Finance Center for the summer of 2017.


Samrat Kunwar

Water Rates Analyst, Southwest Environmental Finance Center
Civil Engineering
University of New Mexico

Samrat is pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics with a focus on environmental and natural resource economics. His primary area of focus is in the area of non-market valuation methods, survey design, and climate change adaptation in the context of developing countries. For a list of his publications and a link to his CV, please click here.


Animesh Pradhan

Data Analyst, Southwest Environmental Finance Center
Civil Engineering
University of New Mexico

Animesh is pursuing an M.Eng in Civil Engineering with a focus in environmental engineering. He has experience in assessment and design of water supply projects, project management, and as a site engineer and consultant. At the SW EFC, Animesh assists with water loss audits, collects and manages water utility GIS data from as-built drawings, GIS map creation, and energy management data analysis.

Mohammad Rahman

Research Analyst, Southwest Environmental Finance Center
Civil Engineering
University of New Mexico

Mohammad joined the Southwest Environmental Finance Center in August 2018. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics with a focus on environmental and natural resource economics. His primary interest is in non-market valuation, survey design, and estimating the preference for a municipal waste management system based on developing countries. He has the experience of research in issues related to water pollution and health outcomes. At the SW EFC, Mohammad’s focus is on developing water affordability metrics.
 

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