A PDF of my CV can be found here and my résumé can be found here.


University of Washington (UW), Seattle, WA
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Environmental Fluid Mechanics Group

GPA: 3.58/4.0

Louisiana State University (LSU), Baton Rouge, LA, May 2016
College Honors, LSU Ogden Honors College
LSU Distinguished Communicator
GPA: 3.64/4.0
Bachelor of Science, Coastal Environmental Science
Concentration: Environmental Science Research
Minor: Mathematics



Graduate Research Fellow: Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Washington: 2016-present
Research Advisors: Dr. Alison Macdonald, Dr. Irina Rypina
- "Observed vs. modeled internal tidal variability in the Santa Maria Basin"
- Modeled circulation and internal waves off the coast of Point Sal, CA using the numerical ocean model ROMS
- Presented talk at the 2018 Eastern Pacific Ocean Conference in Mt. Hood, OR
- Presented poster at 2018 Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference-Americas in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
- Presented poster at the 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Portland, OR

Summer Student Fellowship: Physical Oceanography, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: Summer 2015
Research Advisors: Dr. Alison Macdonald, Dr. Irina Rypina
- "Drifter-based analysis of the spread of surface contamination from a hypothetical accident at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station near Plymouth, Massachusetts"
- Employs a method developed for studying the spread of radiation after the Fukushima nuclear disaster that can be utilized for the study of any surface contamination at any given site given the availability of drifter data
- Presented poster at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco, CA
- Presented poster at the Scientific Computing Around Louisiana (SCALA) Workshop in Baton Rouge, LA
- Presented poster at the Ocean Sciences Meeting in New Orleans, LA

College Honors Thesis Research: College of the Coast and Environment, LSU: 2014-2015
Research Advisor: Dr. Dubravko Justić
"Assessing the impacts of nutrient load reduction scenarios on the extent and severity of hypoxia in the northern Gulf of Mexico"
- Funded by Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship supporting thesis research
- Presenter at LSU Ogden Honors Undergraduate Research Colloquium IX
- Presented poster detailing research at LSU Discover Day 2015
- Successfully defended March 30, 2015.



I. Rypina, D. Fertitta, A. Macdonald, S. Yoshida, and S. Jayne, 0: Multi-iteration approach to studying tracer spreading using drifter dataJ. Phys. Oceanogr., 0, doi: 10.1175/JPO-D-16-0165.1.


D. Fertitta, S. Suanda, J. McSweeney, J. Lerczak, C.A. Edwards, K. Haas, E. Di Lorenzo, A. Miller, N. Kumar, September 2018. Modeled and Observed Internal Tidal Variability in the Santa Maria Basin. Eastern Pacific Ocean Conference, Mt. Hood, OR. Talk.



LSU College of the Coast and Environment, (May 2016 - July 2016) Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Undergraduate advisor for the coastal environmental science program working with current, incoming, and potential students

LSU College of the Coast and Environment, (October 2014 – May 2016) Math Tutor
Tutored fellow undergraduate coastal environmental science students in MATH 1552 (Analytic Geometry & Calculus II), MATH 1550 (Analytic Geometry & Calculus I), and MATH 1021 (College Algebra)

Coastal Studies Institute, WAVCIS, (August 2013 – November 2013) Student Worker
Worked with instrumentation used in collecting data for coastal current monitoring

LSU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (May 2013 – August 2013) Student Worker
Assisted in maintaining algae and water quality lab

LSU College of Science Student Services Center (February 2012 – May 2013) Student Worker
Assisted with current and incoming students of the College of Science and the upkeep of student records

Navigator Credit Union (May - August 2012, December 2012 – January 2013) Member Service Representative
Performed financial transactions for members and responded to problems with their accounts



National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2018-present)
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (2018; offered)
Udall Scholar Honorable Mention (2015)
- 1 of 49 Honorable Mentions selected throughout the United States by the Udall Foundation in 2015
Top Scholar Award - Egtvedt Fellowship (2016-2017)
LSU Discover Scholar (2014)
- 1 of 12 scholars across campus recognized for undergraduate research
- Chosen to represent the College of the Coast & Environment
LSU Discover Student Travel Stipend (2015)
Andrew "Drew" Wilbert Memorial Scholarship Award (2015)
Tiger Athletic Foundation Student Scholarship Award (2015)
Tiger Athletic Foundation Student Scholarship Award (2014)
Tiger Athletic Foundation (TAF) Honors College Thesis Research Award (2014)
Bert Turner Memorial Scholarship Award (2014)
Academic Scholars Nonresident Award (2011-2015)
Chancellor’s Aide (2011-2015)
Chancellor’s Honor Roll (Fall 2014/Spring 2014, 2015)
Dean’s List (Fall 2013/Spring 2012)
National Society of Collegiate Scholars



ONR Innershelf DRI (September 13-20, 2017) Point Sal, CA
Ocean sampling cruises and remote sensing
R/V Tioga (July 2017 - present) Buzzards Bay, MA
Ocean sampling cruise.


American Geophysical Union (July 2015 - present)
The Oceanography Society (October 2018 - present)


PADI Open Water Diver (July 2015 - present)
American Heart Association First Aid/CPR (December 2015 - present)



Rotaract, Club Service Chair (2012-2015)- As a member of the executive board of the Rotaract LSU, I have been heavily involved with the organization, including its largest service project raising funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Currently I serve as the club treasurer, and as a member of the organization, I have been involved with several service events including Habitat for Humanity, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, and BREC (East Baton Rouge Parish's Parks and Recreation Department).

LSU EnvironMentors (2014-2015) I volunteered as a mentor with the LSU chapter of EnvironMentors. Mentors in the LSU chapter mentor students from Scotlandville Magnet High School to conduct a research project related to the environment with the goal of promoting and strengthening interest in environmental research.

LSU Student Government, College of the Coast and Environment (2013-May 2016)- From November 2013-August 2014, I was a senator representing the College of the Coast and Environment. As a member of the Student Government Senate, I sat on the Campus Affairs and Sustainability Committee, which aimed to increase sustainability efforts on campus. In addition to my role in senate, I was a member of College of the Coast and Environment College Council which served the students of my senior college. When I left my position as Senator for the College of the Coast and Environment, I rejoined the College of the Coast and Environment College Council as a member where I currently serve as the Outreach Coordinator.

CES Student Representative at DOCS/ENVS Departmental Program Review, Feb 2014- I was an undergraduate representative at the department review for reaccreditation for the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences and the Department of Environmental Sciences.



Rotaract’s Kiss the Pig (2012-2015) Help organize, promote, and run LSU Rotaract’s annual philanthropy event which raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) Reading Program (2013)- Met weekly with a third grade student at an elementary school in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System to help improve the student's reading abilities.
Honors College Fall Service Project (2013)- Planted a variety of different trees and grasses on a marsh island located just off Port Fourchon, Louisiana with the Barataria-Terrebone National Estuary Program (BTNEP) for help with coastal restoration efforts
Engineering Discovery Days, University of Washington (2018)
Polar Science Weekend, Pacific Science Center (2017, 2018)
Discover Science Weekend, Seattle Aquarium (2016)
Geaux BIG Baton Rouge (2015, 2016)

LSU Spring Greening Day (2014, 2015)
LSU Space Day (2014)

Student Government Bike Sale and Auction (2014)
Boo at the Zoo, BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo (2013)