Recent Graduates

Our former graduates are working in a variety of different careers related to the environment.

Diane Ditzel (2008, Geography with a Concentration in Environmental Studies) Marketing Specialist at VHB:  VHB is a civil engineering firm that provides integrated planning, transportation, land development, and environmental services at sites throughout the U.S. East Coast.  Diane manages marketing, business development, and proposal efforts in VHB's Raleigh and Charlotte offices and the Mid-Atlantic Region, working directly with transportation engineers and environmental scientists to prepare proposals and presentations for client interviews.

Nicholas Corsetti (2009, Political Science with a Concentration in Environmental Studies) Senior Program Manager, Smart Energy Solutions at National Grid:  Nicholas is the lead coordinator for the customer-related aspects of Smart Energy Solutions, a new and innovative smart grid pilot program for distributing energy to electric customers in Worcester, MA.  In 2012, Nick graduated from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University with a Masters degree. 

Janelle Jesikiewicz (2010, Environmental Studies and Geography) Graduate Student pursuing a Master of Science in Applied Geosciences at The University of Pennsylvania: After graduation from Villanova, Janelle worked for three years in mainly the natural gas industry in northeastern Pennsylvania as an Environmental Scientist where she was responsible for multimedia sampling, project coordination, and client relations. At the University of Pennsylvania Janelle’s focus of study is hydrogeology.

Neil Mehta (2011, Environmental Science) Environmental Compliance Specialist at AECOM: Neil is responsible for hazardous and non-hazardous waste management, environmental compliance, subcontractor oversight, health and safety, and managing and evaluating environmental data for a variety of clients.  Neil is also pursuing a Masters in Environmental Engineering & Water Resource Management at Villanova University and expects to graduate in 2016. 

Craig Diziki (2012, Environmental Science) Staff Scientist at YU & Associates: Craig works on due diligence, environmental remediation, site surveys, and monitoring of hazardous sites throughout New York and New Jersey. His work mostly focuses on reducing harmful exposure to citizens, workers, and the environment.

Andrew Gordon (2012, Environmental Studies and Political Science) Strategy and Operations Consultant at Deloitte: Andrew is a management consultant for federal agencies, helping them solve a wide variety of business problems. His primary focus is working with health agencies, including Veterans Affairs, World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Eric Wagner (2012, Geography) Airborne Sensor Operator at Keystone Aerial Surveys: Eric works on spatial analyses, aerial surveys, and high-grade camera maintenance. His work focuses on photographing and mapping project areas from airplanes for engineering, health, government, and environmental purposes.

Andrew Bigelow (2013, Environmental Science) Health, Safety and Environmental Specialist I at Alcon Research, Ltd.:  Andrew works for a medical device manufacturing company, at a plant that produces devices for ophthalmic surgery. As a Health, Safety and Environmental Specialist, he is responsible for ensuring the health and safety of the associates and that the operations are performed in an environmentally sustainable manner. Andrew is also attending a Master of Science Program in the Safety Sciences at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Mollie Simon (2013, Math with a minor in Environmental Studies) Southwest Outreach Coordinator at the Clean Air Council: Mollie works as an environmental advocate to assist Pennsylvanians who are experiencing major sources of air pollution in their town or city. She helps impacted community members petition their local governments or decision maker to provide oversight and stronger regulations on sources of air pollution.  Mollie will soon begin a part-time Masters of Environmental Science with a focus on policy at the University of Pennsylvania in fall 2015.

Cynthia Troy (2013, Environmental Science) Law Student at University of Texas School of Law.  Cynthia is currently working towards a law degree, concentrating on intellectual property, transactional licensing, copyright, and trademark work.

Alyssa Watt (2013, Environmental Science) Environmental Project Engineer at Posillico Environmental, Inc.:  Alyssa works on remediation projects for contaminated sites, where she develops waste classification sampling plans, analyzes waste classification laboratory results, coordinates with disposal facilities, and writes technical project plans. At Columbia University, Alyssa is pursuing a Masters in Sustainability Management and plans to graduate in 2018.

Michelle Velez (2014, Environmental Science and Spanish with Honors) Associate Director at CCS: Michelle works at a consulting firm where she supports non-profit clients with their fundraising campaigns.  

Contact Information

Department of Geography and the Environment
Suite G67, Mendel Science Center
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Tel: (610) 519-3337
Fax: (610) 519-3338

Chair:
Dr. Francis A. Galgano

Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Lisa J. Rodrigues

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