Lynée Turek-Hankins

Lynee Turek-Hankins

Lynée Turek-Hankins is a doctoral student at the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy at the University of Miami. She studies how soft and hard infrastructure can promote resilience and equity under a changing climate. Her research interests include: (1) adapting the built environment to the triple threat of extreme heat, urbanization, and population growth/migration, (2) preparing for and understanding cascading risks and sociotechnical systems, and (3) using transdisciplinary research methods.

Turek-Hankins received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, focusing her courses on the thermal sciences and her capstone on the development of an automated thermal battery. Her previous work experiences are diverse and multidisciplinary. She used mixed methods such as citizen science, interviews, etc. with a community-based NGO, Relevando Peligros, to study electrical safety policy in Córdoba, Argentina. As a research assistant with Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Energy and Transportation Division, Turek-Hankins coauthored a study that developed a novel method to accurately and easily quantify transient heat transfer for an entire building. Her other interests include activism, art, and a mélange of outdoor activities.