Dakota Mascarenas

Dakota Mascarenas

Graduate Student | Civil & Environmental Engineering

I'm Dakota (she/her) and I'm now in my third year at UW. I did my bachelor's in Civil Engineering at Stanford. I took a few years off school to work in the construction industry in San Francisco, but went back to pursue my MS in Structural Engineering at UW to work on how our built environment interacts with the natural world. My master's thesis focuses on tsunami-driven debris fields and how they impact coastal structures - I'll be finishing that at the end of winter quarter 2022! I intend to stick around for my PhD within the environmental fluid mechanics realm...stay tuned for details!

When not a "grad student", I'm a seeker of fun experiences outside like hiking, skiing, camping, paddling, etc. I recently acquired a canoe and can't wait to get even more absorbed into this incredible place!

I acknowledge that we live and work on the ancestral, unceded homelands of the Coast Salish people, particularly the Duwamish, who have been the stewards of sustainability and reciprocal, respectful interactions with this land for time immemorial.

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