Laura Roldán-Hernández, originally from Carolina, Puerto Rico, is pursuing a PhD in civil and environmental engineering at Stanford School of Engineering. She graduated from Universidad Politécnica de Puerto Rico with a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering. Laura aspires to work toward the conservation and protection of natural resources in Puerto Rico by creating policies and regulations that protect the island’s natural resources. From a very young age, Laura has been an active volunteer of the San Juan Bay Estuary Program. Through this organization, she demonstrated a strong commitment towards the conservation of the environment by engaging with communities to address local water issues. She received the Keepers of the San Juan Bay Estuary Award for her significant collaboration to implement the Estuary’s Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan. She was a water engineer at Jacobs, working on water compliance and assessment projects in Puerto Rico, and raised money to provide water filters and solar lanterns around the island after Hurricane Maria.