Ms. Kate Smith, an international PhD candidate of The School of Environment has been awarded Special Distinction in the Trophées Performance, an international competition sponsored by Veolia, one of the world’s biggest environmental services companies. Kate was awarded the prize in a ceremony held at Veolia headquarters in Paris on December 1, 2015 and attended by numerous Veolia directors, including Veolia’s CEO Antoine Frérot.
The Trophées Performance is held annually and awards innovative research conducted by final semester Master’s students on subjects related to energy, waste management and water. Kate was one of nine prize winners selected from a pool of international and French candidates, ascribing to her excellent thesis “Understanding energy consumption for urban water supply in China”, which was submitted in poster form and in full and also presented to a panel of Veolia employees via video conference.
Kate is from Australia. After graduating from the University of Melbourne in 2010, she has spent five years working and studying in Nanning, Taipei and Beijing. In 2013, she received Australia’s prestigious John Monash Scholarship to begin a Masters of Environmental Engineering at Tsinghua University and was awarded the university's Outstanding Master’s Thesis award this summer for her final dissertation. She is currently continuing her studies at Tsinghua University through a PhD in Environmental Engineering.
Kate supplements her studies at Tsinghua with experiences leading water filter projects in rural areas of northern China as President of the student-based environmental organization RISE.