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BAE graduate choreographs dance of thesis on streambank erosion

Layla El-Khoury in waders standing in stream next to bank holding a tall measuring stick.

Layla El-Khoury enjoys solving problems. She also enjoys dancing. An engineering student in the M.S in biological and agricultural engineering program, and undergraduate alumna of the BAE department, she found a way to merge her interests into a choreographed dance piece of her graduate thesis on streambank erosion. 

The dance piece, titled Force of Flows, demonstrates what some educators refer to as STEAM, an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. 

“Dance, or any of the arts, can be used as a way to communicate information that someone may not necessarily seek out or understand,” Layla says. Her intention with Force of Flows is to educate others on the topic of streambank erosion and its impact on North Carolina communities. 

Read the full post at the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering website.