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E&EM Students Land Top Jobs in Environmental and Energy Management Organizations

During the fall 2007 semester, many Environmental and Energy program students and alumni continued a long term track record of success by landing important jobs in a variety of organizations dealing with E&EM matters. Here are a few examples to illustrate this continuing trend:

Mike Helwig (Doctor of Science in EEM, 2006) recently took a new job working at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. Mike’s dissertation focused on improving federal agency compliance with the Energy Policy Act of 1992 and Executive Order 13149 -- legislation requiring federal agencies to acquire alternative fuel vehicles and use alternative fuel. Mike’s current job at NREL as a Senior Analyst involves working with and analyzing federal and state vehicle fleet data, and assisting fleets in their efforts to comply with recent legislation requiring increased alternative fuel use.

In November 2007, current E&EM master's student Gana Bold, accepted a position at the HNTB Corporation. Gana’s new full-time job, which he will be starting on the first of the new year, follows upon a successful internship he held with HNTB during his Masters degree program.

Garrett Kephart (M.S. in E&EM, May 2007) followed up an internship he held at the Cadmus Group, Inc. by gaining a new position and the Strategy and Operations Division of Deloitte Consulting, LLP, been where he started in September 2007. At Deloitte, Garrett is working on a project dealing with renewable energy. Deloitte recently began work on the Energy Star Program, on which Garrett is working. Garrett says that his new job is “very timely and cutting edge in many ways.” He attributes his career success to date directly to the E&EM program, saying “had I not gotten the job at Cadmus - which literally was due to the Water Quality Management course - I would not be where I am today at Deloitte.”

Recent E&EM master's student Katherine Leskin decided this past August to accept a position with the Fluor Corporation in Sugar Land, Texas, where she began work in September. Katherine intends to continue her education, possibly in environmental engineering at the University of Houston, which like GW seems to offer programs geared for part-time students.

Recent E&EM master's graduate Norvic Chicchon reports that, after finishing his studies in the E&EM program, he returned to his home country of Peru and accepted a position working on Kyoto Protocol matters as Clean Development Mechanism project manager for a non-profit Swiss NGO in Lima. Norvic’s position was funded by SECO - the Swiss USAID. Norvic recently moved to Grana & Montero Petroleum, a Peruvian oil and gas company where the CEO also is a GW graduate. Norvic currently is working as Project Analyst dealing with new project development tasks, especially natural gas projects.

Emily Wasley began a new job with Booz Allen Hamilton on December 10, 2007. Emily’s new position is a Senior Consultant in Booz Allen’s Environmental and Safety Compliance Division in the McLean office. Her main clients will include the Environmental Protection Agency and the Architect of the Capitol. Emily reports that she will be working on reviewing and revising NEPA documents, including EIS's. In addition, she will be working with green buildings, smart growth, brownfields and Superfund sites. She also hopes to get involved in emissions trading schemes as they become more prevalent in the industries and corporations around the United States. Emily reports that “so far, it's all very exciting!!”

2007 E&EM master’s graduate Dana Friedman began work with the Environmental Protection Agency at the Office of Pesticide Programs in early August 2007. Dana, who was named a Presidential Management Intern during her graduate studies at GW, now is a Chemical Review Manager in the Special Review and Reregistration Division at the Crystal City headquarters office. The position deals with risk and mitigation, and reports that the “(E&EM) courses I took have been very helpful to me in this new position.”


Jonathan P. Deason, Ph.D., Lead Professor

The George Washington University
Engineering Management & Systems Engineering Department (EMSE)
Environmental & Energy Management Program (E&EM)
Fall 2007 (Volume 8, Number 2)