David Pal

David is a 5th year PhD student studying Environmental Engineering and Water Resources in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University.  His dissertation research explores the connection between dissolved gases and the production of methane in wetlands. He performed fieldwork in Secaucus at the NJ Meadowlands, a few experiments in the greenhouse and the laboratory, and built a computer model to explain these process interactions. David’s plan is to finish my degree in January before traveling the world for about 5 months exploring new cultures and places. He received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers in New Brunswick, as a Biomedical Engineering and Public Health Double Major.

In addition to his research and class work, David keeps himself busy with volunteer work and working with the Keller Center. David volunteers for a few different organizations, but is most proud of his work with Marna’s Pals. David founded Marna’s Pals in 2012 as an organization that helps students whose families have been affected by cancer (www.marnaspals.com). Marna’s Pals has raised about $150,000 and has awarded about $30,000 in scholarships and plans to award about $15,000 per year moving forward. At the Keller Center, David was a TA for a design course called, “Creativity, Innovation, and Design.” David is also the Graduate Fellow for the Tiger Challenge program, an effort to bring Design Thinking and abductive reasoning to every students on campus.

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