Abigail Watrous was the 2012-2013 AMS-UCAR Congressional Science fellow. During her fellowship year, Abby worked for Congresswoman Betty McCollum, advising on issues of global health and food security. She is currently a teaching fellow and provost fellow at University College London’s department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy.
Abby is a global engineer working at the intersection of environment, health, and policy systems. Trained as a biomedical, civil, and environmental engineer, she spent several years living in Beijing, China researching the impacts of energy use on rural and migrant populations. While living in Colorado, she taught engineering outreach for three years and is passionate about training the next generation of scientists and engineers to tackle global challenges.
At UCL, Abby is continuing her work on energy issues in China with a focus on how the grand engineering challenges China is facing impact the daily lives of its citizens. She is also the coordinator of the 'How to Change the World' Summer Solution Studio, which enables second-year engineering students to design creative engineering solutions for real-world clients.
She received Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and a B.S. in Bioengineering from Rice University. She was a Fulbright fellow to China.