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Pathways: Environmental Fields

Pathways: Environmental Fields

On Wednesday, February 23, Northwood will offer its third Pathways presentation of the year. The panel of four graduates to be interviewed by Luke Daniels ’14; all work in environmental fields. 

Before assuming his present position at Atlas High Purity Water, Hunter Smith ’08 worked at Nalco maintaining customers’ industrial heating and cooling systems to improve efficiency, reduce water consumption and improve asset protection. At Atlas, he manages the design and installation of high-purity water systems for labs and biotech facilities. He is currently working on the Moderna expansion project, which will increase the production of their Covid-19 vaccine. He studied bioprocess engineering at SUNY-ESF. 

Alex Harden, ’04, received a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University in writing and rhetoric and has since studied atmospheric and ocean science at the University of Colorado. She earned an M.A. in climate and society at Columbia and is currently working on her doctorate at the University of Connecticut. She studies the ways the concept of climate is constructed historically, physically, and culturally and how these ideas and narratives manifest in climate change adaption programs given politics of place and knowledge hierarchies.  

Dr. Jaime Goode ‘98 is a Geomorphologist with diverse experience in river systems science, assessment, and restoration. She has collaborated on international multidisciplinary investigations in the areas of climate change effects on stream morphology and aquatic habitat, instream wood dynamics, sediment transport responses to wildfire, hydraulics, sediment transport, and erosional processes in bedrock streams. She was an assistant professor of geosciences at the College of Idaho for six years. She earned her undergraduate degree at Connecticut College and her Master’s and Ph.D. at Colorado State University. 

Diego Gagnon ’14 started a position at AIM Recycling as a general laborer while studying at the University of Ottawa. As the youngest employee, he began covering for employees with seniority during their vacation hours, allowing him to learn all aspects of the recycling business. After his third year, AIM made him assistant manager of their two Miami locations, overseeing seventy employees. He learned about budgets, trading, hedging, forecasting, and, most importantly – people. Diego currently oversees nine locations and 289 employees in California and was instrumental in the acquisition of Ecology Recycling Services.