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Environmental Science graduates (left to right) Susannah Haines, Chris Marks, Jessica Crawford, Liz Lengyel and Victoria Challingsworth at 2014 Commencement.

With environmental concern awareness increasing, environmental scientists will be needed to study environmental quality and provide means to living less environmentally harmful lives.

Our graduates have been employed in a variety of settings ranging from private consulting firms to state and federal environmental agencies. Many have chosen additional graduate level training either directly upon graduation from Thiel or later in their careers.

Alumni Stories

Graduate Outcomes

Douglas Beal, P.G.

  • B.A., 1980, Geology and Environmental Studies, Thiel College
  • Licensed Professional Geologist
  • 1980-1981, Geologist for Century Geophysical Corporation
  • 1981-1983, Geologist for Atlas Energy, Inc.
  • 1983-1987, Geologist for Enterprise Energy and Derby Oil
  • 1987-1989, Senior Geologist for The Earth Technology Company
  • 1989-1992, Project Manager for Metcalf & Eddy
  • 1992-1998, Senior Project Manager for ABB Environmental
  • 1998-2006, Manager of Remediation Services for BEM Systems Inc.
  • 2006-2014, Senior Environmental Consultant for AIG
  • 2014-present, Eastern Region Environmental Manager for Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc.

Brett Bell

  • B.A., 2006, Environmental Science, Thiel College
  • 2006-2007, Staff Scientist at Environmental Geo-Services
  • 2007-2009, Natural Resource Specialist for Trumbull County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • 2009-2011, Assistant Environmental Scientist/Lab Technician at Wallace and Pancher
  • 2011-2014, Field Representative for Chesapeake Energy
  • 2014-present, Field and Land Representative-Ohio for Gulfport Energy Corporation

Victoria Challingsworth

  • B.S., 2014, Environmental Science, Thiel College
  • 2013, Study Abroad at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 2014, Chief of Council Intern for the PA Department of Environmental Protection
  • 2014-2015, Backcountry Stewart Intern for NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
  • 2016-present, Re-Light Technician/Service Line Specialist at Allegheny Contracting

Jessica Crawford

  • B.S., 2014, Environmental Science with Environmental Chemistry minor, Thiel College
  • M.S., 2016, Environmental Science, Youngstown State University
  • 2013, Intern at CCH Environmental Group
  • 2013, Summer help for the Columbiana County Water and Sewer Department
  • 2013-2014, Intern as the Greening Manager at Thiel College
  • 2014-2016, Cushwa Fellow at Youngstown State University
  • 2015, Intern at Wallace and Pancher
  • 2016-present, Lab Tech at Cardinal Environmental Laboratories

Shane Dillon

  • B.S., 2013, Environmental Science, Thiel College
  • 2011-2012, Sustainability/Public Services Intern for the Borough of Greenville
  • 2012, Student Greening Manager at Thiel College
  • 2012, Intern for Environment Arizona
  • 2014, Environmental Technician at Aurora Environmental, Inc.
  • 2014, Engineering Technician at ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC
  • 2015-2017, Geotechnical QC/QA at Draper Aden Associates
  • 2017-present, Field Project Manager at Draper Aden Associates

Keith M. Duval

  • B.A., 1996, Environmental Science, Thiel College
  • M.B.A, University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business
  • Certified Hazardous Material Manager (CHMM)
  • 1999-present, Environmental Manager at the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S)

Janet Frey

  • B.A., 1982, Geology and Environmental Science, Thiel College
  • Professional Geologist
  • Certified Floodplain Manager
  • 1988-present, Environmental Planning and Permitting Team Manager for AECOM's Sustainability and Environmental Management Group

Robert John

  • B.A., 1979, Environmental Studies and Geology, Thiel College
  • M.P.A., 1980, Penn State University
  • 1980-1987, Geologist in the US Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District, Geotechnical Branch
  • 1987-2013, Natural Resource Specialist in the US Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District, Natural Resources Management Branch
  • 2013-present, Retired from US Army Corps of Engineers after 33 years

Matthew Kichman

  • B.S., 1985, Environmental Science with Chemistry minor, Thiel College
  • 2009-2012, Director of Business Development at Alternative Environmental Solutions (AES)
  • 2012-present, Sales Manager at Elk Environmental Services

Liz Lengyel

  • B.S., 2014, Environmental Science with Environmental Chemistry minor, Thiel College
  • 2013, Environmental Intern at Duquesne Light Company
  • 2014-2015, Environmental Health & Safety Specialist at PPG

Ethan Ludwig

  • B.S., 2013, Environmental Science with Chemistry minor, Thiel College
  • 2013 intern at Thiel College as the Greening Initiative Recycling Manager
  • 2013-2014, radiation decontamination specialist for scheduled and non-scheduled outages at First Energy Nuclear Operating Company
  • 2014-present, Naval Flight Officer in the U.S. Navy

Darren McAninch

  • B.S., 2012, Environmental Science, Thiel College
  • 2012, interned at Shenango Lake US Army Corps of Engineers
  • 2012-2014, wastewater treatment facility operator at Castle Cheese
  • 2014-present, water treatment operator at Mercer City water treatment plant

Parker Meyers

  • B.S., 2015, Environmental Science, Thiel College
  • 2014, intern at Edkins Surveying Company
  • 2016, CAD Certificate
  • 2016-present, Technical Engineer in the U.S. Army

Bob Murphy

  • B.A., 1975, Geology and Environmental Science, Thiel College
  • 1980-present, Business Development Manager, Water at Sherwin-Williams
  • 2005-2009, Strategic Market Manager, Water & Wastewater at The Sherwin-Williams Company

Jacob Paviol

  • B.S., 2015, Environmental Science with Chemistry minor, Thiel College
  • 2015, Environmental Educator Intern at Pymatuning State Park
  • 2016-present, Assistant Engineer/Surveyor at Allied Engineering Associates

William Dakota Sanders

  • B.S., 2015, Environmental Science with Wildlife Biology minor, Thiel College
  • 2014, Environmental Counselor and Maintenance at Westmoreland County Parks & Rec.
  • 2015, Laborer at White Tail Excavating
  • 2015-2016, Contractor Lab Technician at PPG
  • 2015-2016, Lab Technician at Lab Support
  • 2016-present, Utility Forestry Consultant at ACRT, Inc.

Matthew Shields

  • B.A., 2013, Environmental Science, Thiel College
  • 2011-2014, Health & Safety Associate at AM Health & Safety, Inc.
  • 2014-present, EH&S Specialist at NOF Metal Coating Group

Deborah Ann Weible, PG

  • BA Geology 1984
  • 1984-1986 Graduate Studies in Geology, University of Pittsburgh
  • 1986-1988 IT Corporation, Staff Geologist
  • 1988 - John Mathes & Associates, Senior Field Geologist
  • 1989 - Mid-Eastern Geotech, Inc, Drilling Operations Manager
  • 1989-1991 - UEC Environmental Systems/USX Corporation - Senior Project Manager
  • 1991 to Present - Geo-Environmental Drilling Company, Inc. - Owner, President & General Manager
  • Licensed Professional Geologist in PA, TN, IN & KY
  • Licensed Well Driller - WV

Lea Woodard

  • B.A., 2008, Environmental Science with Chemistry minor, Thiel College
  • M.S., 2010, Applied Ecology, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • 2008-2010, interned at Integrated Pest Management Institute in Madison, WI and the Indiana University Office of Sustanability
  • 2010-2012, employed by Indiana University at their Garden & Nature Center
  • 2012-present, Coordinator of the Garden & Nature Center at Indiana University

Thiel alumni, please send your information to areinsel@thiel.edu to be included in this list.