Jamila G. Eatman
Jamila Eatman is a rising senior enrolled in the Environmental Science program at Spelman College. Before entering Spelman, her investment into environmental monitoring and advancement took form in middle school as she began participating in city-wide science fairs. From acid rain experiments to understanding emerging “green” technologies, she has developed a greater understanding of how science and engineering can meet to protect the environment.
Jamila has conducted research with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on legionnaires disease, the International Institute of Nanotechnology at Northwestern University on synthesis and catalysis of Metal-Organic Framework research, and most recently with the Boeing Company as a summer intern. At Northwestern, she was honored to be a co-author of a peer-review study published in the American Chemical Society Applied Materials and Interfaces journal. As she continues in academia, Jamila seeks to be a humanitarian engineer. One who creates positive change to protect the environment and advance water decontamination systems for communities who lack clean drinking water. She looks forward to earning her terminal degree within environmental chemistry geared towards nanotechnology application for water filtration and fate/transport of emerging materials on water resources.
Jamila deeply understands the need for young women of color in the field of environmental sciences and nanotechnology. Additionally, her commitment to public service and community engagement is at the forefront of her mission within this field. Her immersion in science was sparked by mentors who believed in her curiosity, and she hopes she can inspire young people in the same way.
Jamila was a participant in Dr. Mark Dugo's 2020 virtual summer program, “Sustainability within the Ecosystem Services Framework and an Introduction to Citizen Science Engagement". She is continuing with year-round research funded by the National Science Foundation in collaboration with Dr. Dugo, and is currently working on a proposal to conduct a watershed characterization study focusing on the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin which drains portions of Georgia and Alabama before discharging into the Gulf of Mexico along the Florida Panhandle. Jamila's work will be an important contribution to illuminating the necessity of a scientific paradigm to better inform decision making as related to maintaining the sustainable balance between society and the environment. The STEM College at JCSU is enthusiastic for Jamila's inclusion in CRES activities, and we look forward to her synergistic engagement with JCSU students.