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Behind door #3

A software engineer ventures into the unknown and finds her passion

A few years ago, Nidhi Krishen (Master of Environmental Studies ’15) found herself contemplating three options. Three doors. Three paths to three different lives.

A successful software engineer, Nidhi had completed her master’s degree in computer science, learned from the best at a big software company and an internet startup, and founded her own tech consulting company. At the end of another “massive project,” she says, she should have had a sense of fulfillment.

The Penn Professional Staff Assembly (PPSA) and the Penn Weekly-Paid Professional Staff Assembly (WPPSA), in partnership with the offices of the Executive Vice President and the Department of Human Resources, are co-sponsoring an Employee Resource and Volunteer Fair on Thursday, October 8, 2015 from noon-2:00 p.m. in Bodek Lounge and the Reading Room, Houston Hall. The purpose of the fair is to provide information to employees regarding the vast and varied campus resources and services available to them as well as volunteer opportunities.

Phil Dahlin is Director of Sustainability for Johnson & Johnson and is responsible for the operation of the pharmaceutical sector’s (Janssen) Global Citizenship & Sustainability Council. The Council is responsible for ensuring progress towards J&J’s HealthyFuture sustainability goals, as well as addressing pharmaceutical-specific stakeholder issues and needs (e.g., access to medicines).

Bob Forbes has been an employee of FMC Corporation for 30 years and is currently the Director for EHS Remediation/Governance. Before joining FMC Bob was the Environmental Engineering Manager for the Clinton Corn Processing Company, a former division of Nabisco Brands, Inc. and Archer Daniels Midland (ADM). He also worked as an Environmental Engineer with the State of Hawaii, Department of Health and two consulting engineering firms. Bob is a licensed Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and Hawaii.

Sarah Low works for the USDA Forest Service as Coordinator of the Philadelphia Field Station. She focuses on bridging the gaps between policy, planning and science, specifically as it relates to the interaction of people and nature. In her role at the Philadelphia Field Station, Sarah leads a group of researchers and practitioners who focus on the role trees, forests and natural resources play in making cities more livable.

Robert Reich is the Manager of Global Environmental Stewardship for DuPont and a DuPont Engineering Fellow. He has been with DuPont for over 38 years. In his current role Robert is responsible for driving strategies within DuPont businesses to reduce operational environmental footprint, such as energy, greenhouse gases, air carcinogens and water consumption; to track and report on these reductions; and to manage the company’s environmental regulatory compliance guidance system.

Peggy Rosenblatt is a Senior Vice President at AKRF, Inc. an environmental, planning and engineering firm where she serves as head of the Marketing, Facilities and Human Resources groups. Peggy has more than 40 years of professional experience in urban planning and the environmental services industry. At AKRF, she leads the firm's marketing initiatives and public relations efforts and is also responsible for recruiting, benefits, employee relations and facilities planning.

Christina Simeone is the Director of Policy and External Affairs at the Kleinman Energy Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to this post, Christina served as the Director of the PennFuture Energy Center for Enterprise and the Environment, where she focused on energy and climate issues that impact Pennsylvania.

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