Colleen C. Naughton
Doctoral Candidate
Peace Corps Master's International Program
University of South Florida
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Mali RPCV, 2009-2012
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Ms. Colleen Naughton is a doctoral student at the University of South Florida in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She is advised by Dr. James R. Mihelcic. Ms. Naughton was part of the Peace Corps Master’s International Program where she served and conducted research in Mali, West Africa for three years as a Water and Sanitation Engineer. Her master's thesis research was focused on “Assessing Appropriate Technology Handwashing Stations.” Ms. Naughton's dissertation research involves a human and embodied material energy analysis of the shea butter process; mapping the shea butter belt using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to estimate the production potential and carbon dioxide emissions; and an ethnographic study on the importance of shea butter to sub-Saharan women and their families.

Master's of Science in Civil Engineering, University of South Florida (Tampa, FL)
Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering, Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN)

Selected Awards and Honors
American Association of University Women American Dissertation Fellow
African Sky “Solomon’s List” Leadership Award
Department of Education GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) Fellow at the Water-Energy-Materials-Human-Nexus
Indeevar and Srinath Memorial Scholarship
University of Florida NSF S-STEM Scholar
Most Supportive Volunteer in Peace Corps-Mali Award
Passed FE Examination, earned EIT.
Outstanding Civil Engineering Undergraduate Award at Purdue University
Purdue Senior Design Contests Winner
Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honors Society