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Thomas is interested in Indo-European comparative philology and historical linguistics, IE cultural reconstruction, comparative mythology/folklore and ancient history. He also has a strong fondness for medieval Germanic history, linguistics and literature, e.g., Beowulf and the Icelandic sagas.

Kevin’s senior thesis examined multiple Etruscan urban sites and contrasted their layouts with modern theories of urban planning to build a comprehensive theory of Etruscan urbanism. His primary interests lie in urban farm and town planning in the classical Mediterranean and ancient Near Eastern worlds, with a special focus on the Etruscans.

“After receiving my degree at Penn I feel that I have an advantage over other graduates in my field. The knowledge of art-making combined with art history provides me with all the tools necessary to excel in fine arts.”

“The Penn BA program has been a rich and full experience for me. Going part time for four years, I have been able to experiment with different areas of study and devote myself completely to my selected classes in any given semester. While I embarked on an academic career that I believed would concentrate fully on art, through my elective choices I picked up a geology minor, which is now guiding my future as an artist. Now I have prospects not only as an independent artist, but also as a paleo artist doing scientific illustration.

“I’ve been employed as a geologist for a midsized environmental consulting firm for the past eight years. The MSAG program’s flexible schedule is geared toward practicing professionals and allowed me the opportunity to pursue my master’s degree while continuing working full-time. With students and faculty employed in a variety of fields by both private and public entities, the program provided a healthy environment for networking, and idea sharing.

“Ten years out of college, I found an opportunity to realize a long-time desire of pursuing graduate studies in the earth and environmental sciences. Penn’s MSAG program and courses are all practically useful to someone who intends to build a professional career in the geosciences as they are fundamental to those like myself who want to pursue a Ph.D. after graduation.”

Tony Sauder is a registered professional engineer and geologist with more than 30 years of experience in water resources, hydrogeology and environmental engineering. His hydrology experience has ranged from evaluating water harvesting in semi-arid regions of Africa to testing a high capacity public water supply well in New Jersey to determining protective discharge limits based on low flows in a Pennsylvania stream.

Carl Mastropaolo has a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from St. Joseph's University and a Master of Environmental Science degree from Drexel University. He has been employed in the environmental consulting field for 16 years, the last 12 as a self-employed environmental scientist. Prior to his employment in the Applied Geosciences graduate program at Penn, he was an adjunct assistant professor in the Engineering Geology graduate program at Drexel University from 1991 through 2002.

Tim Bechtel, PhD, PG grew up on the Rockdale Run Formation, with a sinkhole in the backyard of his boyhood home. He has a Bachelor of Science from Haverford College (where he majored in geology at Bryn Mawr College), and an Master of Science in Rock Mechanics and a PhD in Geophysics (focusing on gravity) from Brown University. The Fortran code Tim developed for calculating lithospheric loading and strength from the coherence of gravity and topography data was later developed by Dr.

Maria holds a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry from Rutgers University and a Master of Science in engineering geology from Drexel University. Maria's professional experience in the environmental field ranges from applications of analytical soil and water chemistry to multiple facets of environmental consulting. Her focus of interest has been the behavior and interaction of inorganic and organic pollutants in the environment. Maria has been teaching at Penn since 2002 and is currently the Associate Director for Undergraduate Programs in Earth & Environmental Science.

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