Lunch and Learn with Sara Beck

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Building W20: Stratton Student Center, W20-306
84 MASSACHUSETTS AVE, Cambridge, MA 02139

Come hear from Sara Beck: female scientist, engineer and amateur cyclist who rode the Tour de France to highlight cycling's gender disparity

Lunch will be served. Please RSVP with any dietary restrictions and bring your reusable utensils and plates to be more sustainable!


Dr. Sara Beck finished her undergraduate degrees at the University of Colorado Boulder, double majoring in aerospace engineering and studio art. She launched her first career at Johnson Space Center where she worked as a NASA flight controller, supporting the Space Shuttle program and contributing to assembling the International Space Station (ISS).

There, she became passionate about water issues and cofounded a chapter of Engineers without Borders- USA to manage water projects for communities in low-income countries. Learning about water reuse on the space station inspired Sara to study potential water reuse applications in other resource-limited environments on Earth. She took night classes for a Master’s at Georgia Tech and returned to CU Boulder for her PhD in Environmental Engineering.

Sara’s doctoral research focused on the effects of ultraviolet (UV) light on bacteria and viruses for understanding and improving water disinfection. She continued her work as a Fulbright Fellow at the Asian Institute of Technology near Bangkok Thailand followed by the Swiss Federal Institute of Science and Technology (Eawag) near Zurich, Switzerland. Her research groups study water disinfection and water reuse.

Dr. Beck is a passionate advocate of equality in science and in sports. This year, she joined the InternationElles, a team of 10 female cyclists from three continents who rode the Tour de France to highlight the fact that women are not allowed to compete.

Dr Beck enjoys working with people from around the world to solve complex problems.

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