Maddie Woods, Mishawaka, IN asked Sharon Kenny, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

AddedWednesday, October 31, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Classes you took
Hello! I am researching a career in Enviornmental Engineering, and I was wondering if you could answer a couple questions about college education for me. Thank you very much!
1. What are three courses you took that are closely related to your current career?
2. What were the two most challenging courses that you took in college?
3. What methods and/or resources did you use to suceed in college?
  • Sharon Kenny , US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    Answered Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Hello Maddie, 

    Thank you for reaching out to me. I will be very honored to contribute to your research. 

    1. The three courses I took that are closely related to my career:

    Hazardous and Industrial Waste Management - Class provided an understanding of remedial design and clean-up technologies for contaminated land
    Environmental Toxicology - Learned to analyze exposure data and toxicity data of chemicals in order to assess human health risks and potential ecological damage
    Groundwater Modeling -  Studied mathematical and numerical techniques to develop computer models that solve water flow and chemical transport problems in groundwater engineering (e.g., aquifer remediation design)

    2. The most challenging courses I took:

    Uncertainty and Risk Analysis - Learned the approach towards probability, statistics, and stochastic models under the discipline of engineering. Course very dependent on programming, so I had difficulties due to the lack of experience with Maple, a technical computing software

    Environmental Microbiology - Course provided a comprehensive study of the biochemical physiology of microbes, including microbial ecology and bioenergetics. Usually, engineering students do not take biology courses, so my previous exposure to this topic was very limited. To catch up, I spent numerous hours studying basic biology as it relates to the growth, metabolism, physiology, and genetics of bacteria and viruses. The time invested in the additional study payed off, as I was able to fully comprehend the role of bacteria in engineering applications such as bioremediation, disinfection processes, bioaerosol characterization, inactivation of airborne pathogens, and microbially-induced corrosion.

    3. Methods used to succeed in college:

    A rigid adhesion to time management; i.e., being punctual and never procrastinating, handing projects on time, following a daily schedule, and doing self evaluations

    Intentional inclusion in extracurricular activities (e.g., sports, volunteering as a STEM mentor)

    If you have additional questions, feel free to send me an email or give me a call.

    Best Regards,