Andrea N. Fraser

Community. Engineering. Public Health.


Andrea Fraser is a passionate researcher and public speaker with experience in public, private, and non-profit sectors at many degrees. Andrea trained as a civil, environmental and infrastructure engineer at George Mason University while transitioning into work at U.S. Geological Survey on projects relating microbiology, hydraulic fracturing, and public health. She has continued on to Johns Hopkins University to study Environmental Engineering and Public Health. Andrea is currently a PhD student in the Department of Geography of Environmental Engineering while also pursuing a certificate in Community Based Public Health from the Bloomberg School. Andrea is currently involved in research projects involving stormwater reuse and management, specifically understanding the role of microbial communities in engineered infiltration systems, a stormwater Best Management Practice. Her work has implications towards community development around green infrastructure and the health impacts of decisions around stormwater management. Andrea looks forward to outreach around the City of Baltimore and participating in a practicum with a local non-profit through the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Thanks for stopping by her page!

Research Interests

urban microbiomes, public health, community development, urban infrastructure, environmental health, civil engineering, science communication, crisis and risk communication, infrastructure and sociology, urban design, low impact development, storm water management, bioremediation, experimental methods, culture independent microbiology techniques, metagenomics

Professional Experiences

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
PhD, Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, Began Fall 2015

  • Walter L. Robb Fellow (2015-2016) for students who the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering consider to have exceptional promise. Honored by the Whiting School of Engineering.
  • Environmental microbiology research on microbial community analysis and engineered infiltration systems
  • Community Based Public Health Certificate Program-Department of Mental Health- Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Community outreach with elementary and middle school children through SABES Program and personal initiative

Urban League of Essex County– Newark, NJ
Textile Recycling Program Development and ThriftWorks Intern- March 2015-August 2015

U.S. Geological Survey, Reston Microbiology Lab- Reston, VA
Student Contractor- May 2014-February 2015
Projects related to the biodegradation of produced water from hydraulic fracturing as well as implementing microbiology techniques on various ecosystems

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation– George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
Mentor- Fall 2012-Summer 2014

George Mason Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering– Fairfax, VA
Teaching Assistant- Spring 2014

Balfour Beatty Construction Management– Washington, DC
14th & Ust – Jobsite Intern- Summer 2012

Ironbound Community Corporation, Environmental Justice Team – Newark, NJ
AmeriCorps Volunteer – Summer 2011

  • Completed Quarter Term of service
  • Assisted in planning and maintaining community garden
  • Worked to combat food deserts in the inner city by publicizing organizations Farmers Market
  • Assisted in addressing environmental issues in the area through education and involvement in the community

City of Newark, Housing and Economic Development Division– Newark, NJ
Intern – January 2011

MZM Construction & Management– Newark, NJ
Intern – Summer 2010

SYSTRA USA– Little Falls, NJ
Intern – Summer 2009

Activities and Awards

  • Maryland Science Olympiad volunteer (2016)
  • Science outreach and education at John Ruhrah Elementary and Henderson Hopkins Elementary School (2016)
  • NSF Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship program: Water, Climate and Health (2016-2018)
  • Walter L. Robb Fellow- Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering (2015-2016)
  • Hydraulic Fracturing Water Cycle briefing with nonprofit Food and Water Watch canvassing unit (October 2015)
  • Chinese Student Scholars Association Intermural Soccer Team (Fall 2015)
  • Community Service- Urban League of Essex County Volunteer (Summer 2015)
  • Best Presenter Award- Civil Engineering Undergraduate Senior Design Presentation (December 2014)
  • International Scholar Laureate Program: Student Delegate on Engineering Studies in China (Summer 2013)
  • Office of Diversity: Vision Award recognition for Leadership and Academic Excellence (2012-2014)
  • George Mason Civil Engineering Undergraduate Advisory Council Member (2010-2011)
  • AmeriCorps Service on Environmental Justice Projects (Summer 2011)
  • Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program, Member and Peer Adviser (2010-2014)

Certifications and Technical Skills

  • FE/EIT Certification
  • PRISM Graphing Software
  • Technical Presentations
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Project
  • AutoCAD: Civil 3D
  • Google Sketchup
  • Visual Basic programming for Excel
  • Matlab
  • Bluebeam Revu
  • EPANet
  • HY-8 Culvert Analysis
  • Bentley Flowmaster
  • Microbiology Techniques
  • Permaculture Design Certification


Fraser, A. 2016 “Hydraulic Fracturing and Natural Gas Extraction” Johns Hopkins University IGERT. Powerpoint.

Fraser, A. 2015 “Examining the United States Infrastructure Crisis through Communication Models” Johns Hopkins University. Powerpoint.

Fraser, A. 2014 “Degradation of Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Additives by Stream Microbial Communities” U.S. Geological Survey. Powerpoint.

Fraser, A. 2014 “Message Efficacy around the US Infrastructure Crisis: Crisis Communication Models Applied to the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Infrastructure Report Card” Crisis Communication, George Mason University. Powerpoint

Fraser, A. 2014 “Engineering Bacteria to Form a Biofilm and Induce Clumping in Caenorhabditis elegans: Analysis and Applications” Environmental Engineering Microbiology, George Mason University. Powerpoint.

Fraser, A., Butt, M., Khan, D., 2012 “Transportation and Air Pollution Mitigation in Johannesburg, South Africa” Applied Ecology, George Mason University. Poster.

Photos from the Job

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Image Descriptions (in order): Storm Drain Community Artwork- N. Charles St, Baltimore, MD. Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Outflow and Study Site- Stony Run, Baltimore, MD. Career Fair Display- Henderson Hopkins Elementary School, Baltimore, MD.

More photos and info coming soon! Thanks for stopping by!


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