Welcome SESE Alumni

Featured ESES Alumni
Stephanie Meyers: 2015

Throughout her undergraduate career, Stephanie had the opportunity to work alongside several PhD students, aiding them in their fieldwork and research, where she gained tremendous experience in problem solving and hands-on scientific research. She also spent a summer as an intern at Argonne National Laboratory where she studied the ecological impacts of renewable energy. Shortly after graduating in May of 2015, Stephanie landed in Dallas, Texas, working for the United States Environmental Protection Agency. She is the newest member of the NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) team for the region, where she reviews documents regarding future projects and provides suggestions on methods to minimize negative environmental impacts. She loves the flexibility of EPA and enjoys gaining experience within other teams as well. She also currently plays a role in conducting stormwater related inspections, allowing her to travel within the region, and is able to participate in research in order to solve environmental issues the region faces.

Emily Dombrowski: 2015

Emily graduated from SESE in May of 2015 and is now working as an Environmental Education Coordinator at the Kendall County Forest Preserve District in Yorkville, IL. As a child, Emily spent her summers attending various nature camps and became a camp counselor for the Kendall County Forest Preserve District as soon as she turned 16. Although everyday is different for Emily, some of her responsibilities include planning field trips, public and scout programs, and summer camps. She spends about half her time planning and half her time teaching.

Lynzie Plumley: 2015

After graduating in May of 2015, Lynzie accepted a job in Chicago as an Environmental Specialist at Carnow, Conibear & Assoc., Ltd. During her undergraduate studies, Lynzie was introduced to GIS, which she now uses on a regular basis for her position. A typical day on the job includes performing Phase I and II Environmental Assessments, contaminant sampling and testing, and erosion control inspection. Lynzie enjoys the dynamic work environment that comes with her job. Each week, her time is split between being in the office and going out in the field visiting job sites.

Mallory Hladik: 2014

Mallory graduated in May 2014 with experience in environmental advocacy. Soon after graduating, Mallory was hired at Goby, a sustainability consulting firm based in Chicago that hones in on sustainability within the Commercial Real Estate Industry. Mallory now works with a number of clients on managing their LEED certification projects. Since moving to the "real world", Mallory has been amazed by the high level of demand within the field of sustainability. She has been especially delighted to learn how sustainability is becoming more and more integrated into the corporate world.

Tyler Rotche: 2014

As a student, Tyler dedicated much of his time to grassroots campaign work. Tyler led the UIUC Beyond Coal campaign, advocating for the University’s divestment from the coal industry, and Students for Environmental Concerns (SECS), which serves as an umbrella organization for student-led environmental campaigns. He also initiated a start-up voter registration campaign focused on environmental issues and assisted with the development of the University YMCA Bike Share program. Tyler has been working with Prairie Rivers Network’s coal pollution program since 2013.

Jane Sullivan: 2013

Jane Sullivan graduated from SESE in May 2012. She participated in the Field Expedition Course to Costa Rica, which opened her eyes to the many ways in which environmental sustainability can impact the world. She loved the freedom that SESE allowed in selecting courses in Atmospheric Sciences, Geology, Geography, and other disciplines. After graduating, Jane began working for the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD). As the Grant Manager/Sustainability Planner she manages MTD’s state and federal grant funding and environmental sustainability efforts. Jane is currently pursuing her MBA part-time at the University of Illinois.