Laura C. Gray

Graduate Research Assistant
Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Laura Gray is a M.S. student in the Energy-Water-Environment Sustainability program in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her research is centered on connections in the energy-water nexus. She has a particular focus on the hydrologic effects of low-impact development and green infrastructure, in addition to a focus on how these technologies impact the urban heat island (UHI) effect and energy transfer in cities.

Laura completed her B.S. in Biological Engineering at the University of Arkansas in 2019 with minors in Sustainability and Mathematics. As an undergraduate researcher, she studied several topics within biological engineering and sustainability, such as the sizing and implementation of hydroponic agriculture systems on the local level, the antimicrobial properties of several medicinal fungal species, and the imaging of leukocyte cells utilizing MATLAB software. Laura loves traveling when she can, and can be frequently found haunting the local coffee shops.

Research Topics

  • Green infrastructure
  • Urban heat island
  • Low impact development


  • B.S. in Biological Engineering, Sustainability and Mathematics minors, University of Arkansas, 2019


  • Grainger Engineering SURGE Fellow
  • Razorback Classic, University of Arkansas
  • Outstanding Senior, Arkansas ASABE

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