Ufuoma Ovienmhada chosen for Agents of Change in Environmental Justice Program


Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

PhD candidate Ufuoma Ovienmhada was chosen as one of 2024's cohort of the Agents of Change in Environmental Justice program. Ufuoma (oo-fwo-ma) Ovienmhada is an engineer by education, and remote sensing scientist by training, harnessing community-based research methods to advance the design and application of satellite remote sensing technology for environmental justice. She is a PhD candidate in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT and a member of the Space Enabled research group at the MIT Media Lab, where members apply and re-design space technologies to serve sustainability and social justice outcomes. In her PhD research, she collaborates with the Campaign to Fight Toxic Prisons (FTP) to develop satellite-derived datasets and geospatial tools to support the pursuit of environmental justice in prison landscapes across the US. Before arriving at MIT, she completed a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University (2018).

The Agents of Change in Environmental Justice program, a partnership between Environmental Health News and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, has a mission to empower emerging leaders from historically excluded backgrounds in science and academia to reimagine solutions for a just and healthy planet. 

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