Ms. Ashley Neptune
Academic Department: Computer Science
Academic Department: Engineering
Academic Department: Mathematics
Graduation Year: 2013
Ashley Neptune was an Environmental Engineering major with a Mathematics minor. Entering SFU as a quiet freshman, Ashley really found her voice through environmental engineering. Ashley was part of the inaugural environmental engineering service-learning-research trip to Bolivia in 2011 where she helped build and monitor the performance of a water treatment system designed to help poor rural farmers. She was also involved outside of the department as writing tutor at the University Writing Center for three years and an intern with Natural Biodiversity through SFU’s Center for Watershed Research & Service. Ashley’s undergraduate research culminated in her research presentation at the American Society of Mining and Reclamation (ASMR) National Conference in Tupelo, MS. At the conference, she presented her research from Bolivia, and even received an award for her outstanding poster. Currently, Ashley is serving as a Graduate Research Assistant for the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership at Villanova University where her Masters thesis work concerns constructed stormwater wetlands, a sustainable approach for protecting water quality.
I am proud to say that Saint Francis University’s Environmental Engineering Department has provided me with numerous opportunities; researching abroad in Bolivia, presenting my research findings at a national conference in Mississippi, and interning at Natural Biodiversity helping improve our regional environment. In fact, my four years in the Environmental Engineering program inspired me to learn more and specialize in yet further in the field. My rich experience at SFU led to me receiving two offers for full funding (all expenses covered with a stipend on top of that!) to go to graduate school. Now I’m attending Villanova University Graduate School, excited about my research and where my career will head next!