Tessa Keeney awarded the Dr. Tiruvarur R. Lakshmanan and Dr. Lata Chatterjee Environmental Analysis & Policy Prize!

The Dr. T R Lakshmanan and Dr. Lata Chatterjee Environmental Analysis & Policy Prize is named in honor of Earth & Environment Emeritus Professors T.R. Lakshmanan and Lata Chatterjee. Lata and “Laksh,” as he liked to be called, were a married team who made significant contributions through their academic scholarship and global service. Lata and Laksh’s impact has been felt through institutions such as the World Bank, United Nations, US AID, and the Clinton White House. Laksh was an eminent scholar with a larger-than-life personality. He is sorely missed by the academic community. This prize is dedicated in Laksh’s memory and to the remarkable impact that both academics have had at BU and beyond.

This year’s winner is Tessa Keeney! Tessa is a BA/MS student graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Analysis and Policy and a Master of Science in Energy and Environment.

On campus, she has been the Professional Chair for Boston University’s environmental fraternity Epsilon Eta, a member of the Environmental Student Organization, a writer for the environmental newspaper the Emerald Review, and a Center for Career Development Career Intern who assists up to 22 graduates, undergraduates, and alumni per week. Tessa also worked on a project for the IGS Campus Climate Lab to analyze the feasibility of implementing rain gardens on Cummington Mall. In addition to being an incredibly engaged member of the BU community, Tessa excels academically in all of her classes. Her professors have described her as astute, highly-engaged, and willing to work hard and go above and beyond what is required. Tessa is deeply committed to both the community and the environment.

Congratulations, Tessa Keeney!