I pursued a master's degree while working at an engineering consulting firm, and Penn State Harrisburg offered flexibility to me while my career path changed. The diversity of environmental class offerings enabled me to pivot from a stormwater focus to soils contamination and plume migration for my thesis. University flexibility was also offered in terms of the day/night/online class scheduling, which paired well with my flexible, but daytime work schedule. My professional experience enhanced my ability to directly apply my studies and understand why my professional tools work rather than assume that computer outputs are always correct. Penn State Harrisburg staff remind students to think about the problem and why the answers are correct rather than simply rushing through problem sets to get the right answer. This prepared me for the Engineer in Training exam and eventually Professional Engineer licensure. Relationships that I developed while a student have carried over into my professional career, which gives me an edge when delivering services to my clients. I highly recommend that engineering students place Penn State Harrisburg high on their application list, especially if they value flexibility and high quality professors and facilities.
Graduation Year: 2011
Name of Employer :Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc
Penn State Harrisburg's Environmental Engineering program is ideal for those interested in water and wastewater treatment, pollution control, and environmental remediation. The course material is thorough, and the faculty are experts in their respective fields of study. For me, this program led to a fulfilling career in the Water and Wastewater Industry, and prepared me to take and pass both the F.E. and P.E. exams.
Water and wastewater treatment and engineering is a growing industry that will always be in demand, yet Environmental Engineering and other related fields of study are often overlooked. I would recommend the Environmental Engineering program for problem-solvers with a technical mindset, an aptitude for Chemistry and Biology, and a desire to work in a growing industry with a variety of career opportunities.
Graduation Year: 2017
Name of Employer : Envirep, Inc.
Earning a master's degree in environmental engineering at Penn State Harrisburg helped open doors to a wider range of job prospects. Currently I'm in Africa working with aquaculture.
Graduation Year: 2003
Name of Employer : U.S. Peace Corps