PARC/I-CARES CERTIFICATE IN RENEWABLE ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT ALUMNI
Hannah Behar/Bachelor's degree in Environmental Earth Sciences and Anthropology: Global Health and Environment (Class of 2016)
Hannah combined courses in Earth and Planetary Sciences, Biology, Anthropology and Environmental Studies with an internship with the Missouri Coalition for the Environment and serving as a compost station volunteer to complete her certificate. Her post-graduation plans have not been finalized, but she plans to apply for jobs in environmental policy or environmental nonprofits in the Boston area.
Sasha Berger/Bachelor's degree in Anthropology: Global Health and Environment (Class of 2016)
Sasha earned her certificate by taking four courses on environment, attending several events on campus, and participating the in the Interdisciplinary Environmental Law Clinic in 2015. She has accepted a position with Wigdor, LLP, an employment discrimination law firm in New York City.
Harry Bolson/Bachelor's degree in Finance & Entrepreneurship (Class of 2014)
As part of the requirements for the certificate program, Harry developed a learning module entitled "Activities for Engaging High School Students in Energy Studies, which is available on the PARC website. He also helped to found and served as President of Washington University's chapter of Net IMpact. Harry is now employed as a Procurement Agent for Boeing Phantom Works Ventures.
Brandon Chang/Bachelor's degree in Chemistry (Class of 2015)
In addition to completing four relevant courses, Brandon attended two PARC seminars and conducted research in the laboratory of PARC Director Robert Blankenship for a summer to earn his certificate. He will be enrolling in medical school after graduation.
Maya DeHart/Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering (Class of 2016)
Maya’s certificate points come from an extensive interdisciplinary load of environmental courses, attending a green careers seminar, and volunteering for V.E.R.D.E. through the Washington University Campus Y. She is in the process of applying for jobs to begin her post-graduate career.
Michael Gidding/Bachelor's degree in Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering (Class of 2013)
On his way to earning the certificate, Michael completed four courses and attended nine seminars related to energy and environment topics. He also completed an undergraduate research project under the guidance of PARC PI and Theme 1 Leader Himadri Pakrasi. As of December 2013, Michael was the TechBridge Fellow at Fraunhofer USA-Center for Sustainable Energy Systems.
Lucas Harrington/Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry (Class of 2013)
Lucas' involvement with PARC during his undergraduate career extended well beyond his completion of the certificate. As well as the requisite courses and seminars, Lucas spent many hours conducting research in the laboratory of PARC Director and PI Robert Blankenship and attended the two-day 2012 PARC All Hands Meeting. His research has contributed to at least one PARC paper published by the Blankenship group. At last check, Lucas was searching for an internship and gearing up to apply to graduate school.
Allison Karp/Bachelor's degree in Ecology (Class of 2015)
Along with coursework, Allison attended numerous energy and environment lectures, volunteered to man a composting station at Thurtene Carnival, served as a Green Ambassador for the 2014 fall semester, and conducted a research project under Dr. Alex Bradley to complete her certificate. Her research project involved using leaf wax biomarkers to constrain land-use changes associated with Mississippian settlements. She is currently earning her PhD in Geosciences at The Pennsylvania State University.
Esther Koh/Bachelor's degree in Finance and Healthcare Management (Class of 2015)
Esther earned her points through six courses, assisting with a PARC-sponsored Hot Topics in Renewable Energy workshop for local science teachers, and conducting a renewable energy funding study with Professor Joseph Cullen. In the summer of 2015, she will be doing research on technology adoption by hospitals for a St. Louis-area biotech company, Mayflower Bioscience at Helix Center.
Kelly Leung/Bachelor’s degree in Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering (Class of 2012)
In addition to completing five courses related to energy and the environment, she worked on PARC research projects in the lab of Dr. Cynthia Lo in 2010 and 2011, as part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. She also volunteered for Outreach events, from helping students at the KIPP Academy to tutoring high school students on campus at WU. She currently works as a Product Technologist for SABIC Innovative Plastics in Indiana.
Brittany Luntz/Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering (Class of 2016)
Brittany earned her certificate by submitting three internships and three courses for credit. She has been hired as an energy efficiency consultant with Energy Solutions in Orange, California.
Claire Mai/Bachelor’s degree in International & Area Studies/Development (Class of 2016)An internship with the Missouri Coalition for the Environment coupled with courses featuring environmental science, law and policy helped Claire to earn her certificate. After graduation, she will be working as the Associate Project Director of the Amigos de las Américas program in Paraguay.
Megan McLean/Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies (Class of 2012)
Along with the required coursework and attendance at seminars, her passion is clearly environmental education for middle and high school students. She tutored with VERDE for 5 semesters (Volunteers for Environmental Restoration, Development, and Education). She led the group for three semesters, bringing environmental science and sustainability lessons to Brittany Woods Middle School. Megan coordinated the student visits, created lesson plans for WU volunteers and taught six lessons each semester herself on topics including: greenhouse effect, solar energy, wind power, invasive species, recycling, food webs and resource conservation. She currently serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Lupus Foundation of America in St. Louis.
Benjamin Perlman/Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Earth Sciences
To earn the certificate, Ben enrolled in a series of courses focused on environment and environmental policy, and also participated in Washington University’s 2013 delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties 19 in Warsaw, Poland. He is still in the process of finalizing his post-graduation plans.
Peter Rosenquist/Major in Environmental Earth Policy (Class of 2018)
Peter earned his certificate by way of an interdisciplinary course regimen that included anthropology, history, ethics, policy, and science, as well as his participation in the Interdisciplinary Environmental Law Clinic. This summer, he will intern with the Missouri Coalition for the Environment in St. Louis, researching the classification of waters in Missouri under the Clean Water Act and studying how a water quality trading market could be implanted in Missouri. He will return to Washington University in the fall and is on pace to complete his degree in 2018.
Talia Rubnitz/Bachelor’s degree in International & Area Studies/Sustainable Development (Class of 2016)
Talia combined several courses in Anthropology, Political Science, Earth and Planetary Sciences, and Environmental Studies to complete the course requirement for the certificate. She combined this with two internships (Sierra Club internship and Federal Reserve Bank sustainability internship) and her participation in the United Nations Conference on Climate Change 21 to fulfill the remaining requirements. She is applying to environmental think tanks and research institutions, mostly in the Washington DC area.
Bruce Wittmann/Bachelor's degree in Chemistry (Class of 2015)
Bruce earned his certificate through a combination of courses and an extensive five-semester research project conducted under the guidance of PARC Director Robert Blankenship. Bruce plans to work for a year after graduation and then enroll in graduate school to earn a PhD in bioengineering/metabolic engineering with a focus on biofuels and other natural products synthesis.
Michael Yue/Bachelor's degree in Environmental Earth Science (Class of 2013)
To earn his certificate, Michael completed four approved courses, assisted with composting at Thurtene Carnival, participated in a Hot Topics Workshop sponsored by PARC, and attended seven talks. Michael is currently a medical student at the University of Maryland.