Enviromental Studies

Beyond HWS

Environmental Studies graduates have chosen to work for public interest groups and other non-governmental organizations, some teach, some work for environmental consultant companies, and others find careers in recycling education. Our graduates have gone on to work for the following companies:

Many of our graduates go on to graduate school in Environmental Science, Policy Studies or Economics, while others go on to earn a medical or law degree. Below is a sampling of some of the graduate schools HWS Environmental Studies majors have attended:

University of Vermont
Vermont Law School
Texas A&M
North Carolina State University
Tufts University
University of Michigan
Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Roger Williams University of Law



Alum Profile

Austin Kana
Austin Kana '09
Environmental Studies and Public Policy double major
Math minor
Energy Policy
During the summer between my junior and senior years, I interned with the EPA New England’s office in Boston, Mass. While I was there, I worked with eight local communities developing conservation plans and making energy efficient improvements. As part of the Community Energy Challenge, the participating communities agreed to reduce their overall energy usage by 10 percent.
While at HWS, I earned the EPA Greater Research Opportunities Undergraduate Fellowship, which helped pay for two years of tuition, a stipend, and an internship with the EPA. In 2013, I was awarded the Dow Sustainability Fellowship, given to University of Michigan graduate students for work in sustainability.
Graduate School
I am currently in a PhD program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. I was accepted into the master’s program in 2011 and into the PhD program in 2013.
I’m currently researching a marine renewable energy technology, named Vortex Induced Vibrations for Aquatic Clean Energy, which was invented and patented by my advisor and the University of Michigan. Specifically, I’m working on optimizing the hydrodynamics of this device using a combination of computer simulations and physical experiments in hopes to increase the total power generated and reduce the necessary inflow water speeds necessary to generate power.

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