Student Feature – Kaitlin Mattos

Kaitlin MattosKaity Mattos

M.S. Environmental Engineering

Expected EDC Certificate Completion: May 2017

Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis, B.S. Environmental Science, Biology/Ecology

What are your hobbies outside of academic life?

On- and off-road triathlons, mountain biking, swimming, hiking, singing, jam sessions, traveling.

How did you become interested in global development?

I have spent the last six years working in the US Pacific Island territories doing natural resource and environmental management. There are so many needs that are unmet in those areas!

Why did you join the EDC program?

I liked the idea of combining engineering with specific considerations for undeveloped areas. As an environmental scientist, I wanted more of the technical engineering background and this was the only program I could find that teaches social considerations for developing areas along with its engineering program.

What has been the most valuable thing you’ve learned from the EDC program?

So far, learning about “systems approaches” to solving development and environmental problems. I always thought this was important, now I know the name for it and what the current theories and processes are for employing it.

Where do you hope to complete your practicum?

I would love to work on wastewater and/or stormwater issues in fragile ecosystem areas where using the right engineering solutions can help reduce human impact on the environment and help communities thrive.

What do you hope to do after completing your EDC certificate?

Move back home and use my new degree to implement lasting and sustainable environmental solutions in Micronesia and the Pacific region.

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