Prathibha Juturu

Johns Hopkins Univeristy, Masters of Science in Geography and Environmental Engineering

Prathibha Juturu immigrated to the USA from India at the age of two and spent the majority of her childhood in Plano, Texas. Always having a passion to help developing communities, she chose to study Environmental Engineering and minor in Arabic at Duke University, where she had various international experiences that shaped her interest in international environmental issues. She participated in Duke in the Arab World, a summer study abroad program in Morocco, where she studied the Moroccan Dialect. Afterwards, she received funding for a summer internship with the International Union for Conservation of Nature in Amman, Jordan to work for the Regional Office of West Asia in the Gender, Livelihoods, and Drylands Program. During her last year at Duke University, she researched on an interdisciplinary team to understand the environmental and health effects of used motor oil pollution in an auto mechanic village in Kumasi, Ghana.

This past year, she took a break from academics to participate in the Critical Language Scholarship Program in Ibri, Oman and worked as a program assistant for CARE International in the Food Security and Livelihoods Program for South Syria based in Amman, Jordan. Her experience with CARE opened her eyes to the crucial humanitarian and resilience efforts in Syria and the need for environmental sustainability to maintain long term resilience of these efforts.

Prathibha is excited to begin her career in creating sustainable solutions to environmental and development issues, and will be studying Environmental Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. Along with her language skills in Arabic, Prathibha can speak Telugu and is thrilled to learn more languages while working as a Foreign Service Officer. In her spare time, she loves to play touch rugby, watch Duke basketball, hike outdoors, and watch Telugu and Arabic movies.