A resident of the small town of Holland, NY, Melissa Ruszczyk is excited to begin working towards her doctorate at Georgia Tech. In 2013, she began her undergraduate education at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. At Allegheny, Melissa worked on research projects in the fields of limnology, microbiology, and disease ecology. She also fostered her passion for music, gave two public clarinet recitals during her four years at Allegheny, and held the title of featured soloist and concert master for the Wind Symphony during her senior year. Upon the completion of her comprehensive senior research project, Serial Sonification of Chaoborus Behavior in Response to Daphnia Size: Intricacies of the Predator-Prey Relationship, Melissa graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Music.
Going forward, Melissa is looking forward to being part of the inaugural class of students in the Oceanic Science and Engineering program and considers it an honor to work with some of the greatest minds in marine science. It is wonderful how technology and biology are merging with the same goal of understanding and conserving our natural resources. It is through interdisciplinary work such as this, that people can come together and help solve some of the world’s problems. The greatest asset a researcher can have is an open mind, ready to look at problems in a different light. With the skills she will acquire while at Georgia Tech, Melissa hopes to change the world. No matter where she ends up, whether it be teaching, research, or government work, Melissa hopes that her passion and pride in her work will inspire other people to work hard and maybe take the day off to appreciate the water sources, which are often taken for granted on a daily basis.