Christina Najm

Environmental Engineering, Class of 2021

Porter Ranch, California

Hi, welcome to my page! I’m a junior studying Environmental Engineering from Porter Ranch, California, just an hour north of USC. On campus, I serve as Vice President of Student Affairs for the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), President of the engineering and science sorority Alpha Omega Epsilon (AΩE), and Logistics Chair of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES). I am also involved in research with the Smith Research Group, studying emerging wastewater treatment technology. This past summer, I was an engineering intern at the Environmental Engineering firm, Brown and Caldwell, working on water treatment systems and projects in southern California. In my (very rare but exciting when it happens) free time, I love to go to musicals and concerts, visit the California Science Center and other museums, and explore Los Angeles!

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science is not to conquer nature, but to live in it.

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My Involvements

  • I am an undergraduate researcher in the Smith Research Lab, studying emerging water treatment technology! I’ve worked on so many cool projects, and even presented a research poster at the USC Undergraduate Symposium on a type of membranes I helped test!

  • I am a member of the social and professional sorority for women in STEM, Alpha Omega Epsilon! I have been the chair of several committees, Membership Educator, and currently am serving my second term as Vice President. I have met so many amazing women in STEM through this organization, and even got to travel to D.C. for our annual convention!

  • I am a member of the Society of Women Engineers at USC. This organization creates a community that supports women in STEM professionally and academically, as well as provides opportunities for community outreach. As Vice President of Student Affairs, I work with a lovely committee of undergraduate women in STEM to plan SWE’s fun mentorship program and social events, from study nights to hikes to paint nights!

  • As an environmental engineer, the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists has been a great way to get to know people in my field and the opportunities that are offered professionally and academically, both in college and after graduation. It has been an amazing way to get to know my peers better!

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 My Favorite USC Tradition

  • My favorite part of USC is the Trojan Family Spirit (and how saying “fight on!” can connect any Trojan, anywhere). Whether someone graduated from USC last year or five decades ago, the Trojan Family is something that connects us to each other and gives us something to talk about, from football to campus life! The Trojan Family Spirit is one of USC’s strongest and oldest traditions, and with each new class, it gets stronger and stronger.

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My Major: Environmental Engineering

     Why Environmental?

I have always had a passion for environmental causes and sustainability, and a love for problem-solving, math and natural sciences, and engineering. Environmental engineering connects all these interests into a major that has the potential to make significant social and environmental change, and have a great impact on the world around us!

Passion in my Field


  • Los Angeles is home to the largest wastewater treatment plant west of the Mississippi–Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant. The facility treats 275 million gallons of wastewater on a dry day!

  • Algalife has developed clothing material made entirely from algae! These items are created with zero waste, reduced water, biodegradable material, and renewable energy. The company highlights the national attention given towards sustainability!

  • Echo Park has a beautiful lake in downtown Los Angeles, as well as an incredible stormwater capture system for the city of Los Angeles!

  • Renewable energy is way of the future… but how can we use solar and wind energy on a calm night? LA Department of Water and Power is hoping to use Hoover Dam as a Pumped Water Storage Facility, transforming the whole system into a giant, water powered battery!

Passion in the Classroom 

My Favorite Courses
This environmental engineering course examines energy systems and their impact on the environment. Along with learning about energy fundamentals, our energy sources, and energy production, the course looks at how energy production has changed over time and how our dependence on energy has impacted the environment around us. The class facilitates engaging and interesting discussions about our dependence on fossil fuels and transition to renewable energy, and the implications of each. ENE 215 is an amazing way to learn about the energy sector and our impact on it!