Jacob L. Chapa, Student Intern, joined the Office for Sustainability in January 2014 as a graphic designer. He is in charge of creating the graphics (brochures, posters, flyers) for several of our workshops and events that we host throughout the year. Jacob is currently working on his B.A. in Graphic Design and plans to graduate May 2015.

Jacob L Chapa

(956) 665-3030

Mohammad Mehedi Hassan joined the Office for Sustainability as a Graduate Research Assistant in November 2014. His duties consist of coordinating data collection for external and internal research and assessment report based on STARS. He also assists in conducting research and survey database, including data entry and data retrieval. Mehedi is currently pursuing his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree and is expected to graduate by August 2015. He consider his employment as a very good opportunity to work with sustainability in the future. Mehedi believes his involvement with sustainability assessment will give him experiences with working on the environment.

Mohammad Mehedi Hassan

(956) 665-3030

Paul D. Renaud joined the Office for Sustainability in November 2014. He is a PhD Student in Marketing and captures data to measure the University’s sustainability performance. The data will be compiled and reported via The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS), a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities. His research interests include social media’s influence on national cultures, social policy and its impact on healthcare consumer’s behavior, and consumer engagement with in interactive technology. His passion for animals and human well-being keeps him active with local non-profit community organizations.

Paul Renaud

(956) 665-3030

Denisse Salcedo joined the Office for Sustainability in September 2014 where she is a research assistant and academic assessor for the STARS program. Denisse has a B.A. in Anthropology and will continue on to get her M.A. in Medical Anthropology where she plans to apply sustainability concepts to her studies and career. Her hobbies include watching old school horror movies, reading good books, and writing short stories.

Denisse Salcedo

(956) 665-3732

Janette Vazquez, Student Intern, has been part of the Office for Sustainability since March 2013. She helps with the development and maintenance of the OFS website, keeps the green pledge information up to date, and helps with the production of the presentations. She is currently pursuing her graduate degree and hopes to graduate by Spring 2015. Being at the Office for Sustainability has helped her realize how important sustainability is to us and our future and how important even the smallest change in our everyday habits can make.

Janette Vazquez

(956) 665-3030

Jayaram Yellapu, graduate research assistant for the Office for Sustainability, began working with the office in November 2014. As a graduate research assistant, he collects data for engagement and operations that will be part of the STARS report. He is pursuing his Masters degree in Electrical Engineering at UTPA and is expected to graduate in May 2016. After graduation he plans to work in an organization where he can utilize his skills and knowledge effectively for organizational goals.

Jayaram Yellapu

(956) 665-3030

If you are interested in an internship opportunity with the Office for Sustainability or would like to know more about our intern program, please contact the OFS at or call Naomi Keith at (956) 665-3030.

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