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Student & Alumni Stories

The Master of Environmental Studies program has taken our students and alumni all around the world and into myriad industries and roles. Read on to learn more about how they have leveraged their experience in the program to help preserve, protect, work with and study the natural world.

Richa Desai, MES '17

Sustainability Manager, Uponor

Discover more about tailoring your curriculum in the MES program and explore Richa’s global corporate sustainability project with UNICEF. 

Akudo Ejelonu, MPH ’17/MES ’18/MA '19
Akudo Ejelonu, MPH ’17/MES ’18/MA '19

Public health researcher and environmental science advocate

Learn about the dual degree program that provided Akudo opportunities to make connections between fields, professions, countries, and identities.

Alison Fetterman, MES '16

Bird Conservation Associate, Willistown Conservation Trust

Hear more about field studies, program flexibility and peer connections from Alison, a passionate ornithologist.

David Groff, MES '16

Research Specialist/Lab Manager, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Learn how David’s MES experience took him to thrilling field locations, including Puerto Rico, for his concentration in environmental biology.

Greg Kelder, MES '10

Vice President of Claims, Brandywine Group of Insurance and Reinsurance Companies

Explore global opportunities through Greg, who traveled to Jordan, Stockholm and Antarctica during his time in the MES program.

Kristen King, MES/MEng/MS ’17
Kristen King, MES/MEng/MS ’17

Corporate Social Responsibility Data Manager, Walgreens

Explore how our multi-master’s program allowed Kristen to draw on every element of her interdisciplinary education in China, France, and the US.

John Miller, MES '18

US Senate fellow and career engineer

Get a front row seat to environmental policy-making with John, who worked with the US Senate and Congress during two different presidential administrations.

Gee Paeger
Gee Paeger, MES ’18

Energy Efficiency Program Analyst, Philadelphia Gas Works

Read how by charting his course of study, Gee discovered new passions and an opportunity to unite them in a fulfilling professional role.

Sam Royer, MES ’19
Sam Royer, MES ’19

Penn Park Supervisor, University of Pennsylvania 

Read how Sam enhanced his landscaping experience with environmental science, giving him a new perspective on Penn’s urban landscape. 

Sam Scott, MES '15

Doctor of Law student, Penn Law

Hear how the interdisciplinary nature of the MES program helped Sam discover his career calling in environmental law and policy.

Octavia Sun, MES ’18
Octavia Sun, MES ’18

CSR Analyst Associate, Bank of the West

Discover how Octavia is turning her sustainability research into a platform to discuss environmentally conscious practices in the apparel industry. 

Xuantong (Tony) Wang, MES ‘16

PhD student in geography, University of Denver

Get a global perspective on the MES program from Tony Wang, whose Resource Management concentration research focused on water scarcity solutions.

Frederik Wouda Kuipers, MES ’18
Frederik Wouda Kuipers, MES ’18

Junior Analyst, BidEnergy

See how Frederik's program internships allowed him to research sustainable strategies for electric vehicles and municipal energy use.

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Penn has many policies and projects in place to better the environment.

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