Cheeta designs "green" building projects - those that lessen the impact of humans on the environment. Much of her work focuses on protecting and recycling water resources. For example, she figures out how to reuse rainwater to save on tap water usage, and how to treat and filter rainwater naturally, by using different types of soil and native plants.
"I worked on the National Palace Museum in Chiayi, Taiwan. The region has huge amounts of rainfall during the summer monsoon and drought the rest of the year. Our design included two artificial lakes. We had to manage rainfall to prevent flooding during the rainy season and to avoid having the lakes dry up during the rest of the year."
What got her interested:
Cheeta liked math, science, and learning about the environment, but she didn't know what engineering was until she entered college. Her sister thought she would love the field because engineers get to tackle practical problems.
Engineering and travel:
Her work has also taken her to numerous states, including Hawaii. And, on her own, she has backpacked throughout Asia and Southeast Asia.
Where she's from:
Cheeta grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
B.A.Sc. in civil engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada; M.S. in civil engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.
She loves softball, volleyball, golf, and ice hockey, and she enjoys baking for friends and family.
- I am willing to serve as science fair judge or other temporary volunteer at a local school.