Camila Llerena-Olivera, GS, CEE

Professional Development Associate 2023-24

Camila is a Ph.D. candidate in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at Princeton University. Her current research focuses on emerging wastewater treatment technology. Outside of the lab, she is involved in various diversity initiatives and student organizations. Before coming to Princeton, she obtained her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Environmental and Ecological Engineering at Purdue University.

My advice for graduate students at Princeton is to take advantage of the university's extensive resources and network. There are many offices on campus, such as GradFUTURES, that are dedicated to developing students' academic, professional, and personal development skills. The knowledge that you gain from their programs can clarify and complement your intended career path.

GradFUTURES has helped me build confidence in my soft skills, learn about various career paths, and connect me to some amazing individuals. As a professional development associate, I get to enhance GradFUTURES-affiliated programs that I have participated in such as the business skills learning cohort and ReMatch+ mentorship program. With this position, I can also provide ideas for new programs.