Alumni & Outcomes

In 2024, we celebrate our 13th cohort of Sustainability Science graduates. Since the founding of the program, more than 180 students have graduated from UMass with a Master of Science in Sustainability Science degree, commonly referred to as "MS3". Our alumni network is strong and continues to enrich the program and offer valuable connections for current students. Our graduates pursue rewarding careers with a wide range of organizations including AECOM, Trinity Solar, JLL, Ernst & Young, Marriott International, Enel Green Power, Generac, Kestrel Land Trust, World Bank Group, VHB, Franklin Land Trust, Farm to Institution New England, Better Earth, Palmetto, Solect Energy, Nexamp, MassDOT, Xodus, City of Cambridge, Mass DCR, Mass Water Resources Authority, UMass Amherst, US EPA, and the City of Northampton. 

Prospective students often ask what kind of careers each degree concentration can lead to. Here is a small sample of positions that graduates pursued. Below the table we feature a few of our many successful graduates.

Concentration

Job Title

Employer

Renewable Energy & Efficient Design

Climate Change & Sustainability Consultant

Ernst & Young

Renewable Energy & Efficient Design

Solar Analyst

Eversource

Renewable Energy & Efficient Design

Sustainability Manager

Marriott International

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems

Director of Strategic Impact

Farm to Institution New England

Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems


Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems

Sustainability Manager

 

Food Systems Analyst & Research Lead

UMass Amherst Dining/Auxiliary Enterprises

New Venture Advisors

Urban Sustainability

Sustainability Planner

City of Cambridge

Urban Sustainability

Senior PV Designer & Engineer

Better Earth

Urban Sustainability

Assistant Campus Sustainability Manager

UMass Amherst

Water Sustainability & Climate Change

Wetland Ecologist

NES Ecological Services

Water Sustainability & Climate Change

Environmental Policy Analyst

US Environmental Protection Agency

Water Sustainability & Climate Change

Environmental Quality

Water Quality Program Manager

 

Environmental Scientist

Connecticut River Conservancy

 

VHB

Environmental Quality

GIS Service Forester

Mass DCR

Environmental Quality

Senior Director of Business Development

Palmetto

Dual Degree with Regional Planning

Senior Project Manager, Sustainability

JLL

Dual Degree with Regional Planning

Dual Degree with Regional Planning

Transportation Planner

Project Developer

AECOM

Renewable Properties

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a sample of MS3 alumni, including where they undertook their practicum and where they are working now.  

Morgan Bowler
Cohort 12
Current Job Title: Leading by Example Clean Energy and Sustainability Coordinator
Company: Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER)
Practicum: Intern, Leading by Example Division, DOER
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Beatriz Olivieri
Cohort 12
Current Job Title: ESG Business Analyst
Company: Travel + Leisure
Practicum: UNH Sustainability Fellowship Program, Green Wave Electric Vehicles
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Roisin Kirby
Cohort 12
Current Job Title: Assistant Director & Garden Educator 
Company: Hampshire College Farm and Garden Camp & South Church Amherst
Practicum: Assistant Director, Farm and Garden Camp
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Walter Poulsen
Cohort 12
Current Job Title: Ph.D. Candidate, Geography
Company: Clark University
Practicum: UMass Clean Energy Extension, UMass Amherst
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Cheyenne Ellis
Cohort 11
Current Job Title: Information Officer 
Company: NEIWPCC
Practicum: NEIWPCC
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Jennifer Nelson
Cohort 11
Current Job Title: Urban Planner 
Company: VHB
Practicum: Southwest Regional Planning Commission
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Kevin O'Brien
Cohort 11
Current Job Title: Financial & Energy Coach 
Company: Southeastern Vermont Community Action
Practicum: Rich Earth Institute
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Simon Pereira
Cohort 11
Current Job Title: Development Analyst 
Company: Agilitas Energy
Practicum: Department of Energy Resources
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Eric Sirkovich
Cohort 11
Current Job Title: Environmental Scientist 
Company: VHB
Practicum: Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
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Paula Uribe
Cohort 11
Current Job Title: GIS Service Forester 
Company: Mass DCR
Practicum: City of Northampton
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Monica Guzik
Cohort 10
Current Job Title: Sustainability Manager   
Company: UMass Dining/Auxiliary Enterprises, UMass Amherst
Practicum: CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture)
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Erica Light
Cohort 10
Current Job Title: PhD Student, Education 
Company: UMass Amherst
Practicum: iCons, UMass Amherst
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Liam Cregan
Cohort 9
Current Job Title: Land Conservation Specialist 
Company: Franklin Land Trust
Practicum: Pilot Farm Study Investigator, Franklin Land Trust & Baseline Documentation Report Author, East Quabbin Land Trust
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Lee Halasz
Cohort 9
Current Job Title: Land Conservation Manager 
Company: Kestrel Land Trust
Practicum: Research Assistant, Dept of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, UMass Amherst
 

Claire Hutchinson
Cohort 9
Current Job Title: Transportation Planner 
Company: LSC Transportation Consultants, Inc.
Practicum: Community Action Works
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Rachel Nadolny
Cohort 9
Current Job Title: Client Engagement Analyst
Company: Asset Impact
Practicum: UNH Sustainability Fellowship Program, Greenhouse Gas Inventory, Exeter, NH 
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Alexia Perides
Cohort 9
Current Job Title: Regulatory Policy Analyst
Company: Ampion, Inc.
Practicum: Ampion, Inc. 
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Kelsey Perry
Cohort 9
Current Job Title: Community Liaison Officer at SouthCoast Wind
Company: OW Ocean Winds
Practicum: MassCEC intern at Cape and Islands Self-Reliance
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Michael Persau
Cohort 9
Current Job Title: Climate Change & Sustainability Consultant 
Company: Ernst & Young
Practicum: Environmental Consulting Intern at Langan, CA
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Justin Taylor
Cohort 9
Current Job Title: Sustainability Manager, Global Design Strategies 
Company: Marriott International
Practicum: United States Geological Survey: Northeast Climate Adaptation Center
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Rachel Berggren
Cohort 8
Current Job Title: Executive Director
Company: Franklin County Community Meals Program
Practicum: UMass Dining Sustainability Department, Food Systems Project Associate, Amherst MA
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Mac Crispino
Cohort 8
Current Job Title: Senior Director of Business Development
Company: Palmetto
Practicum: Business Development/Communications Intern, Solar Energy Business Association of New England
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Courtney Crossgrove
Cohort 8
Current Job Title: Food and Agriculture Program Manager
Company: FocusMaine
Practicum: Research and Policy Assistant for Rhode Island Food Strategy
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Gabriella Fox
Cohort 8
Current Job Title: Project Manager, Distributed Generation 
Company: Eversource
Practicum: Energy Analyst Intern, Clean Energy Extension, UMass
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Chaitrali Ketkale
Cohort 8
Current Job Title: Sustainability Manager
Company: WAP Sustainability 
Practicum: EDF Climate Corps Fellow, Cushman and Wakefield, NY
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Ramcharan Khalsa
Cohort 8
Current Job Title: Research Microbiologist
Company: FDA
Practicum: Clean Energy Extension, UMass Amherst
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Charlie Misenti
Cohort 8
Current Job Title: Inside Sales Representative 
Company: Generac Clean Energy
Practicum: School of Earth and Sustainability Communications and Engagement Coordinator 
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Sophia Mitrokostas
Cohort 8
Current Job Title: Account Manager and Onboarding Specialist
Company: Freight Farms
Practicum: Marketing & Outreach Intern for Rescuing Leftover Cuisine
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Vaishnavi Nandi
Cohort 8
Current Job Title: Senior PV Designer and Engineer
Company: Better Earth 
Practicum: Clean Energy Extension, UMass Amherst
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Heather Polson
Cohort 8
Current Job Title: Graduate Education Recruitment Specialist 
Company: Isenberg's Graduate and Professional Programs, UMass Amherst
Practicum: Municipal Services Program Assistant, Clean Energy Extension, UMass Amherst 
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Naomi Valentine
Cohort 8
Current Job Title: Restoration Specialist/Assistant Project Manager
Company: SWCA Environmental Consultants
Practicum: SWCA Environmental Consultants, Ecological Resilience and Climate Adaptation Strategic Plan, Amherst, MA 
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Erin Wnorowski
Cohort 8
Current Job Title: Director, Service Design
Company: About Fresh
Practicum: Business Development / Communications Intern, Algorex Health Technologies
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Varsha Suresh
Cohort 7
Current Job Title: Climate Change Consultant
Company: World Bank Group
Practicum: World Resources Institute, D.C.
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Michael Powers
Cohort 7
Current Job Title: Senior Sustainability Consultant
Company: RE Tech Advisors
Practicum: City of Somerville Office of Sustainability and Environment
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Erin Witham
Cohort 7
Current Job Title: Land Protection Manager
Company: Frenchman Bay Conservancy
Practicum: Housatonic Valley Association
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Emily Chiara
Cohort 7
Current Job Title: Communications and Programs Coordinator
Company: Just Roots
Practicum: Just Roots & Farm to Institution New England (FINE)
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Shannon Mulkern
Cohort 7
Current Job Title: Manager
Company: Trader Joe's
Practicum: Taza Chocolate
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Tom O'Neill
Cohort 7
Current Job Title: Sustainability Planner
Company: City of Cambridge, Massachusetts
Practicum: Resonant Energy: Community Outreach Fellow
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Santoshi Nadimpalli
Cohort 7
Current Job Title: Policy Fellow
Company: Stanford University Graduate School of Education
Practicum: UMass Medical School in Worcester, MA 
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Jeremy Price
Cohort 7
Current Job Title: Project Developer
Company: Renewable Properties
Practicum: UMass Clean Energy Extension 
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https://www.umass.edu/sustainsci/sites/default/files/pictures/Kris%20B.jpg

Kris Badertscher
Cohort 6
Current Job Title: Communications Consultant + Multimedia Producer
Company:  Sustainability Designer
Practicum: Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
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https://www.umass.edu/sustainsci/sites/default/files/ChrisCopeland.pngChristopher Copeland
Cohort 6
Current Job Title: Greenhouse Horticultural Technologist
Company:  Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Practicum: Wellspring Harvest Greenhouse
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https://www.umass.edu/sustainsci/sites/default/files/JackieHynes.pngLauren de la Parra
Cohort 6 
Current Job Title: Independent Consultant
Company: Climate Resilience and the Arts
Practicum: Office of Sustainability and Environment, City of Somerville
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https://www.umass.edu/sustainsci/sites/default/files/JackieHynes.pngJacquelyn Hynes
Cohort 6 
Current Job Title: Director of Marketing & Communications
Company: Crop One Holdings
Practicum: Nuestra Comida
 

Zachary Jenkins
Cohort 6 
Current Job Title: Clean Cities Coalition Program Director
Company: Mass DOER
Practicum: Senator Edward J. Markey’s Boston Office
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https://www.umass.edu/sustainsci/sites/default/files/JesseKoyen.pngJesse Koyen
Cohort 6 
Current Job Title: Land Program Director
Company: Door County Land Trust
Practicum: Door County Land Trust
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https://www.umass.edu/sustainsci/sites/default/files/HannahLeighton.pngHannah Leighton
Cohort 6 
Current Job Title: Director of Strategic Impact
Company: Farm to Institution New England (FINE)
Practicum: Farm Fresh Rhode Island
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https://www.umass.edu/sustainsci/sites/default/files/BrendanMcGowan.pngBrendan McGowan
Cohort 6
Current Job Title: Senior Technical Asset Manager
Company: Solect Energy
Practicum: Solect Energy
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https://www.umass.edu/sustainsci/sites/default/files/CarolineMyran.pngCaroline Myran
Cohort 6
Current Job Title: Food Systems Analyst & Research Lead
Company: New Venture Advisors LLC
Practicum: CISA
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Leah Wang
Cohort 6
Current Job Title: Research Analyst
Company: Prison Policy Initiative
Practicum: The New Garden Society 
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Matthew White
Cohort 6
Current Job Title: Manager, Execution
Company: Aspen Power
Practicum: Cape & Islands Self-Reliance 
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Julie Sullivan
Cohort 5
Current Job Title: Project Manager
Company: Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA)
Practicum: Teacher at Biocitizen School of Environmental Philosophy
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Jon Gray
Cohort 5
Current Job Title: Transportation Planner
Company: Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD)
Practicum: Green City Growers in Somerville, MA
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https://www.umass.edu/sustainsci/sites/default/files/Seth_E..jpgSeth Engelbourg
Cohort 5
Current Job Title: Naturalist Educator and Program Manager
Company: Linda Loring Nature Foundation, Nantucket, MA
Practicum: Field Research and Education Assistant, Linda Loring Nature Foundation
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https://www.umass.edu/sustainsci/sites/default/files/rebecca.jpgRebecca Bucciaglia (née Longvall)
Cohort 5
Current Job Title: Conservation Agent
Company: Town of Bolton
Practicum: Worcester Tree Initiative
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https://www.umass.edu/sustainsci/sites/default/files/pictures/Court2.jpgCourtney Weiand (née Angen)
Cohort 4
Current Job Title: Director of Sales, Marketing, & Customer Relations
C​ompany: UMass Store, UMass Amherst
Practicum: PV potential analysis for Holyoke, MA using GIS for UMass Clean Energy Extension
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https://www.umass.edu/sustainsci/sites/default/files/pictures/todd_beals.pngTodd Beals
Cohort 4
Current Job Title: Arborist/Urban Forester
Company: UMass Amherst
Practicum: ReGreen Springfield
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Lauren Bullard
Cohort 4
Current Job Title: High School Science Teacher
Company: Nashoba Regional High School
Practicum: Regreen Springfield; Research Associate; Springfield, MA
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Madison Burke 
Cohort 4
Current Job Title: Education and Outreach Manager 
Company: RI Resource Recovery Corporation Center
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https://www.umass.edu/sustainsci/sites/default/files/pictures/aimee.jpgAimee Bushman  
Cohort 4
Current Job Title: Ocean Planning Outreach Manager
C​ompany: Conservation Law Foundation
Practicum: Completed her practicum at the job she recieved directly after graduating
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Max Dilthey  
Cohort 4
Current Job Title: Program Manager, UMass Offshore Wind Professional Certificate | Renewables Workforce Lead
C​ompany: UMass, Amherst | Xodus Group
Practicum: UMass, Amherst, Environmental Conservation Program (Graduate Instructor)
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https://www.umass.edu/sustainsci/sites/default/files/Web%20Shot.jpgLindsay Gallant (née Kenney)
Cohort 4
Current Job Title: Director of Engineering Team
Company: ReVision Energy
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https://www.umass.edu/sustainsci/sites/default/files/rebecca.jpgJustin Gilmore
Cohort 4
Current Job Title: Right of Way Agent - Community Compliance
Company: MassDOT
Practicum: Amherst Together Project, UMass
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https://www.umass.edu/sustainsci/sites/default/files/sarah_lang.jpgSarah Lang
Cohort 4
Current Job Title: Program Specialist
Company: Northern Border Region Commission
Practicum: St. Clair Development
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https://www.umass.edu/sustainsci/sites/default/files/ari.jpgArianna Moscone
Cohort 4
Current Job Title: Zero Waste Outreach Coordinator
Company: CU Environmental Center
Practicum: UMass Office of Waste Management
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https://www.umass.edu/sustainsci/sites/default/files/pictures/Toni-Marie%20Powell%20Photo_cropped.jpgToni-Marie Trombley (née Powell)
Cohort 4
Current Job Title: Senior Project Manager, Sustainability
Company: JLL
Practicum: Urban Sustainability with Green Infrastructure and High-Quality Urban Design in Commercial Real Estate, Silverstein Properties Inc, NYC
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https://www.umass.edu/sustainsci/sites/default/files/pictures/Sum2.jpgSumedha Rao
Cohort 4
Current Job Title: Executive Director 
Company: Mayor's Office of Sustainability, Louisville, Kentucky
Practicum: Earthships Biotechture, New Mexico
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https://www.umass.edu/sustainsci/sites/default/files/pictures/b%20sims.jpgBrittany Wagner (née Sims)    
Cohort 4
Current Job Title: Environmental Consultant
C​ompany: Freelance 
Practicum: UMass - Presence and accuracy of catch and release best practice guidelines found on recreational angling NGO websites.
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https://www.umass.edu/sustainsci/sites/default/files/ryan_wicks_0.jpgRyan Wicks   
Cohort 4
Current Job Title: Research Adjunct, Adjunct Faculty
C​ompany: UMass Amherst Transportation Center, UMass Amherst School of Public Policy
Practicum: Spirit Solar, Springfield MA. 
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https://www.umass.edu/sustainsci/sites/default/files/katie%20d_0.jpgKaitlin Laabs (née Desmarais)
Cohort 3
Current Job Title: Hydrologic Technician 
Company: US Geological Survey
Practicum: Hatfield Laboratory, laboratory technician
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Laurie Simmons
Cohort 3
Current Job Title: Assistant Campus Sustainability Manager
Company: UMass Amherst
Practicum: Residential Academic Program (RAP), UMass
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Stephen Treat
Cohort 3
Current Job Title: Manager, Business Development
Company: Nexamp
Practicum: Tighe & Bond, Inc; Renewable Energy Intern; Westfield, MA
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https://www.umass.edu/sustainsci/sites/default/files/Bighinatti%2C%20Vanessa.jpgVanessa Bighinatti
Cohort 3
Current Job Title: Owner/ Health Coach
Company: Healing w. Ness
Practicum: A Better City- Sustainability Intern
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https://www.umass.edu/sustainsci/sites/default/files/Sarah%20Hebert%20pic.jpgSarah Gill (née Hebert)
Cohort 2
Current Job Title: Director of Operations
Company: Trinity Solar
Practicum: Education and Outreach Ecofellow at the Center for EcoTechnology
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https://www.umass.edu/sustainsci/sites/default/files/Sarah%20Hebert%20pic.jpgRyan O'Donnell
Cohort 2
Current Job Title: Water Quality Program Manager
Company: Connecticut River Conservancy
Practicum: VT ANR/Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance/Ottauquechee River group
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Kirsten Bryan
Cohort 2
Current Job Title: Senior Project & Portfolio Manager
Company: ForHealth Consulting at UMass Chan Medical School
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https://www.umass.edu/sustainsci/sites/default/files/pictures/Ryan%20Fahey.jpgRyan Fahey    
Cohort 1
Current Job Title: Senior Project Development Manager
C​ompany: Ameresco
Practicum: Business development intern for Sungage Financial
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https://www.umass.edu/sustainsci/sites/default/files/headshot.jpgBrian Pizzi
Cohort 1
Current Job Title: Senior SCADA/Network Solution Engineer
Company: Wärtsilä
Practicum: UMASS Facilities Management, UMASS Planning
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** Alumni rated their overall MS3 experience 4.8 out of 5! **

** 100% would recommend this program to other students! **

    * Data is from MS3 alumni survey responses.
 

MS3 Alumni - if you have updates that you would like made, or if you don't see yourself on this page and would like to be added, please contact us. Thank you!