Bill Becker - Finding his voiceBill Becker

In his more than 20 years at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Bill Becker has had to face city councils and other public forums. And while he knew his science, “I was really nervous about public speaking,” he says.

Not anymore. Over the course of the PSM program, Becker says his public speaking skills improved tremendously, as did his confidence. So much so that he now teaches part-time in the biology department at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham.

Having earned a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1981, Becker says he had “just a smattering of knowledge” about plant systematics. The PSM program gave him a comprehensive survey of the plant kingdom. “I took every botany class offered,” he says, and that led to yet another career opportunity: consulting for Oregon’s Wild Harvest, an organic medicinal herb farm in Sandy, where he verifies the identities of nearly 50 herbal species.

Becker is still with DEQ and has earned a promotion since completing the PSM. “Science is a business now; it’s not just science anymore,” he says. “You have to be able to write a business plan and submit a budget for the science you want to do. To have expertise in both worlds is invaluable.”

Terry Bousquet - Making the connectionsTerry Bousquet

Terry BousquetTerry Bousquet started out as a chemist analyzing industrial wastewater, later designing and managing studies that address environmental questions like reducing waste loads. After more than 25 years in the workforce, she decided to pursue her lifelong goal of an advanced degree.

Bousquet had the benefit of both moral and financial support from her employer, the National Council of Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI), a non-profit research institute serving the forest products industry. She found OSU’s PSM program appealing for how it “integrates communication and business skills with science,” she says. For example, the business classes taught her how to harvest innovative ideas and stretch a budget through collaboration with other research organizations in order to get the most out of a watershed study.

Bousquet also took what she was learning to “better communicate and integrate our internal environmental programs,” which include air quality, aquatic biology and forest management. “You need to know how one area of environmental science impacts another,” she says.

For her internship, Bousquet worked on the Alsea Watershed Study Revisited (AWSR), a long-term study that compares the impact of today’s forest management practices with historical data from clear-cut timber harvesting in the 1960s and 70s. The study gave her practical experience in a collaborative process; she developed a study plan to document the responsibilities of the landowner, NCASI, the USDA, plus students and faculty from OSU forestry and fisheries programs.

Two years after earning the PSM, Bousquet is still involved in the AWSR study, developing and maintaining a data management system to share its findings. “That way, we can cross-reference data from different entities or earlier studies to see if there are correlations between, say, fish biology and water chemistry,” she says.

So far, the results indicate today’s water quality is within the 95% confidence limits developed during the pre-harvest period from 1959 to 1965 in the Alsea watershed. Once the study is complete, these results may help to frame future forest management decisions, making the connection between science and policy.

Greg Benge - Focus on the flowGreg Benge

After completing my undergraduate degree it was important to me to continue learning and gaining experience in the environmental services industry.

I started volunteering for The Nature Conservancy, working with their planning and GIS department on a project for US Forest Service. Through my volunteering efforts I became interested in gaining professional experience through an AmeriCorp Internship, which I got working for the Clackamas River Basin Council. The 6 month internship ended up turning into a 2 year position, working on projects that focused on enhancing the watershed, and getting residence involved in its protection.

Next, I surveyed and studied salmonid habitat in the Upper Grand Ronde River, working with the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. This position focused on stream changes, riparian structure, streambed makeup, and snorkel surveys in order to understand the stream characteristics that make a difference to salmon.

This year I started working with Watershed Sciences Inc., initially editing utility videos, and currently preparing LIDAR data for clients at their Corvallis office. My watershed centered work experience has allowed me to understand their importance, and has driven my focus towards water resources.

Through the PSM degree program I’m looking to build my professional skills, and enhance my understanding of watershed processes and preservation. After graduating I’m looking to earn a career in the environmental sciences field, developing projects focused on water quality improvements.

More Alumni

Kevin K. Afsari

PSM Program: Applied Biotechnology

Graduation Date: 2013

Profile: Hello my name is Kaivon. I joined the PSM program because I wished to better myself with an advanced degree related to the biotechnology field. I came to learn more about both the science and business being done out in industry so I could be better prepared to help contribute to my future employers. I'm very much excited for the next couple of years of learning and gaining experience for my future.

Lalithambigai Ananthan

PSM Program: Applied Biotechnology

Graduation Date: 2009

Profile: I graduated in the winter of 2009 with a Master’s in Molecular and Cellular Biology through the PSM Program in Applied Biotechnology. My undergraduate degree was in Industrial Biotechnology and during the final year of my study, I was actively seeking a program that had both advanced molecular biology and business courses in its curriculum. I was happy to find out about the PSM program at OSU, which has the right mix of science and business courses.  I was sure this program would not only broaden my molecular biology knowledge base but would also help me adapt to any kind of work setting. And the results were very rewarding. The PSM program equipped me with advanced molecular biology concepts and also taught me the nuances of business. The business courses gave me an understanding of management practices and armed me with knowledge about how to start a business and operate it successfully. I also gained advanced knowledge in the field of molecular biology through the high-end courses offered through the MCB program. I interned at MitoSciences in Eugene, Oregon. The company is the leading developer of mitochondrial antibodies, assays, and products and services for mitochondrial toxicity screening. My main responsibility was to characterize and validate the antibodies produced by the company. It was really a rewarding experience since I gained a thorough understanding of how scientific concepts are applied in an industrial setting and put to good use in terms of generating revenues. Following the internship, I was offered a full-time position with the company.

Charysse Archer

PSM Program: Applied Biotechnology

Graduation Date: 2012

Profile: I have always had a strong desire to perform research and make a contribution to society. My undergraduate education in Mathematics and Biology at Middle Tennessee State University has provided me with a background in research as well as an interest in industry behind the research. I became interested in biotechnology after participating in the Biomaterials and Bio-nanotechnology Summer Institute at Penn State University. I feel biotechnology contributes to society by providing researchers with the tools they need to increase efficiency in research methods and products. When looking for a graduate program, the combination of business classes and technical experience through coursework and a hands-on internship, made the Professional Science Master’s program in Applied Biotechnology a great fit for me. After graduating with my PSM degree, my internship transitioned into a full time position at Life Technologies where I am currently working as a Scientist II in the Research and Development sector in Eugene, Oregon. Overall, the PSM program in Applied Biotechnology has prepared me for the work environment by providing me with the necessary skills, education, and experiences to succeed in the professional world. The people I met along the way at OSU really impacted me positively, and my time in the program is one that I will always cherish.

Tyler Barns

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2010

Profile: Hello, my name is Tyler Barns. I graduated from Humboldt State University in 2006 with a degree in Environmental Science and pursued a career in the environmental industry shortly thereafter. My most recent experience consists of two years with Envicom Corporation, an environmental consulting firm in southern California. While employed, I worked as a field biologist and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) analyst. I provided biological assessments, California Department of Fish and Game and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers jurisdictional delineations, CEQA impact analysis sections, and several Trustee Resource Agency permit applications. Based on my undergraduate work and private sector work, I gained experience in natural resources data collection and reporting, budget management, along with knowledge of laws, regulations, and policies related to resource protection. Additionally, during my undergraduate studies, I worked with a group for a senior project that focused of promoting ecologically sound methods for conducting the graduation ceremony on campus. My experiences result from my employment in the environmental consulting field and the multitude of classes that I have taken. I hope to further my skills by obtaining a Professional Science Masters Degree in Environmental Science here at Oregon State University.

Bill Becker

PSM Program: Applied Systematics in Botany

Graduation Date: 2006

Profile: Since completion of my degree in Fall Term 2006, I have returned to my position at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. I took a one year educational leave of absence to devote full time to the completion of the degree requirements. Shortly after my return, I received a promotion to Natural Resource Specialist III in the laboratory division where I continue to manage and assure quality of the information created by our air quality monitoring network at sites throughout Oregon. In August of 2007, I also began working as a botanical consultant for Oregon’s Wild Harvest, a grower and distributor of herbal supplements. I am verifying the genus and species of plants grown on their 40 acre farm and those that they purchase wholesale for distribution under their label. This involves keying out and positively identifying plants that are both native to this area and many that are native to Europe, Japan, China, India, Sri Lanka and other places within North America. It has been interesting trying to find the botanical manuals for some of these distant places and learning about the flora. I have also been creating an herbarium of dried and pressed plant samples for staff reference. Most recently I have been creating a virtual photographic herbarium for use on the company website and as a marketing tool. In January of 2008, I also began teaching a non-majors biology course series (Bio 101/102/103) at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, Oregon just east of Portland. This term we are covering an introduction to genetics and heredity looking at life cycles and reproductive efforts of both plants and animals. Next term, the focus will be on ecology, with a few field trips to study forest botany. It has been rewarding so far to be able to pass on my enthusiasm for biology to students who have not had a great deal of experience in this subject. I have been keeping busy with these projects and my 3 acres of organic vegetables and shrubs, and the nurturing of my own woodlot of native trees such as red alder, Douglas fir and western red cedar. All of the employment situations I am engaged in are at least partially due to the fact that I have completed my Master’s Degree. My PSM degree has been working for me!

Tyler Beemer

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2007

Profile: After graduating from the PSM environmental sciences program in December 2007, I took some time off to travel around Europe and relax in Illinois with family.  In fall of 2008, I joined the Land and Water Division of Burns & McDonnell in Kansas City, Missouri.  I’m currently working as a wetland scientists within their Environmental Studies and Permitting office.   I never would have imagined such a great start as my first major career step!  I travel all over the U.S. to work on various delineation, mitigation, and restoration projects.  The PSM program at Oregon State University was one of the crucial steps needed for such a wonderful start.  The diversity of training offered throughout the program not only helped me prepare for a career in science, but also for often ignored aspects of work such as public speaking, business management, communication, and computer skills.  I am very thankful that I enrolled in the program and still miss what I consider to be a second home in Oregon State University and Corvallis, Oregon.  Please feel free to contact me with questions you may have at tbeemer@burnsmcd.com

Marc Bell

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2012

Profile: My undergraduate degree took a long path through Computer Engineering, Economics and Environmental Science. I was fascinated by the type of questions economics attempts to answer but found myself more drawn to the environmental science. After volunteering and working for a consulting agency for several years, I came to OSU and the PSM Natural Resource Management program. During my internship with the Washington State Department of Transportation, I worked with the Wetland Monitoring Division in Olympia, WA to empirically describe the level of restoration and remediation that had occurred to comply with the Army Corp of Engineer’s guidelines. I came to the Polk Soil and Water Conservation District in April 2012 as a Natural Resource Technician. The Polk SWCD coordinates assistance from available sources to develop locally driven solutions to conservation and natural resource concerns by working closely with The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, ODA, and the NRCS to work directly with landowners to improve and preserve the natural resources of Polk County. I’m very happy to continue working on environmental concerns within the Pacific Northwest. My time in the PSM program was invaluable and the experiences and friendships shared with my cohort were unforgettable.

Laura Benton

PSM Program: Applied Systematics in Botany

Graduation Date: 2015

Jeff Berckes

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2006

Profile: Before OSU, I earned a BA in Biology; Environmental Emphasis with Chemistry and Economics minors from the University of Northern Iowa.  I was interested in the PSM program because it provided a unique opportunity to combine the worlds of business and science in one degree.  The degree piqued further interest in business education and I completed an MBA from the University of Iowa to develop a solid business and management foundation.  In hindsight, the opportunity at OSU and the personal growth I experienced enriched my life beyond words.  The PSM program played a significant role in my development as a professional and helped propel my young career.  After graduating from the PSM program at OSU, I worked as a consultant for over two years, and now work for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources as the TMDL Program Coordinator in the watershed improvement section http://www.iowadnr.com/water/watershed/tmdl/index.html.

Theresa (Terry) Bousquet

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2006

Website: NCASI Alsea study

Profile: The PSM program integrated well with my professional goals in the environmental field because it uniquely coordinated coursework in business, ethics, and communication with the Environmental Sciences Program. My internship experience with the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI) provided an opportunity to extend my expertise in analytical methods and data management outside of the laboratory framework while learning about forest watershed management strategies by participating in the Alsea Watershed Study Revisited (AWSR). This is a paired watershed study intended to evaluate Oregon forest practice rules with regard to water quality and fish habitat when applied to current private forest management practices. Water quality and fish habitat in the Alsea watershed was studied extensively 30 years ago and illustrated the impacts of forest management practices in use at that time. This revisit to the watershed provides a rare opportunity to compare data between historical and current management practices. The study is a cooperative endeavor involving Plum Creek Timber Company, OSU Department of Forest Engineering, Colorado State University Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Watershed Stewardship, the United States Geological Survey, the United States Department of Agriculture, and NCASI where business strategies, ethics, and communication are important aspects of a successful joint venture. The internship resulted in the development of a quality assurance project plan and prototype data management system to support the ten year AWSR. I am continuing this endeavor with the objective of facilitating the exchange of watershed data and information between collaborators through a web-based data management system. Over the course of this program I associated with a number of students and professors that truly enriched the experience and gave me a better understanding of different points of view both environmentally and personally. My family, friends, and work colleagues were overwhelmingly supportive, particularly my husband Jim, who picked up many of the household duties and kept me nourished. I am particularly appreciative of Dr. George Ice with NCASI's Forestry Watershed Program who served as my Major Professor and supported this uniquely rewarding opportunity. You really are never too old to go back to school and broaden your mind!

Todd Bridgeman

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2007

Profile: Growing up along the New England coast, I developed a love of ships and the sea, and a deep appreciation for the great economic, cultural, social, and recreational benefits the ocean provides and in turn, the importance of sustaining this great resource for generations to come. My interests led me to Texas A&M University in Galveston, Texas and then on to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Commissioned Officer Corps ( http://www.noaacorps.noaa.gov/ ). Smallest of the Nation’s seven uniformed services, the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps provides the Nation with a cadre of professionals trained in science and engineering. Officers operate ships, fly aircraft, manage research projects, conduct diving operations, and serve in staff and leadership positions throughout NOAA. My assignments have taken me from the furthest reaches of the Aleutian Island Chain to remote areas of Louisiana's vast wetlands, all in support of NOAA’s mission to effectively manage and sustain the resources with which it has been entrusted. After 14 years with the Corps, I had the fortunate opportunity to first discover, and then participate in Oregon State University's Professional Science Masters Program (PSM) in Environmental Sciences. I had been searching for a graduate program where I could capitalize on my experience, while gaining the skills I required to be an effective environmental professional as I progress to higher-level assignments within NOAA. In the PSM program, I found exactly what I was looking for. Through its unique blend of science, business, leadership, communication, and ethics, combined with numerous experiential learning opportunities, the PSM program provided the training I required to be highly effective as I move into the second half of my career. Whether an individual is coming directly from an undergraduate degree program, or returning to school after working for several years, the PSM curriculum provides the perfect balance of training and experience to ensure one can function effectively at the increasingly important interfaces between science, technology, industry, and government.

Bill Buckley

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2012

Profile: After completing my undergraduate degree I worked for two years with Six Rivers National Forest, in the Fisheries and Hydrology department, through the AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards Project. Through this experience I became interested in watershed restoration, endangered species habitat, and GIS. After this experience I moved up to Portland Oregon where I worked for three years with the City of Portland Parks and Recreation department as a Botanic Technician, in their “Protect the Best” program, doing on-the-ground restoration actions through invasive species eradication. Volunteering and mentoring are important to me and have given me great satisfaction after donating my time to several local watershed non-profits in the Portland metro area and north coast of California. These valuable experiences combined with my love of fresh, clean water have motivated me to continue my education in order to facilitate a rewarding career as a wetland restoration ecologist.

Michelle Buonopane

PSM Program: Applied Systematics in Botany

Graduation Date: 2005

Profile: I graduated in 2005 with a Master’s in Botany and Plant Pathology through the Professional Science Master’s degree program in Applied Systematics – Botany. After receiving my Bachelor’s degree in biology from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, I worked with the Maine Nature Conservancy and the Maine Natural Areas Program. As a field ecologist I was able to explore the kettle-hole bogs, salt marshes and hardwood forests of the Northeast. After leaving the Northeast, I worked with the Bureau of Land Management in the Great Basin desert in Nevada and in the Douglas-fir forests of southwest Oregon. I also spent five years managing a research program for the Jornada Basin Long-term Ecological Research Station in the Chihuahuan desert of New Mexico, desperately praying for rain so there would be new plants to study. I left the desert to pursue a Master’s degree in the rainy Northwest. The Applied Systematics program seemed to uniquely fit my need for more technical skills to supplement my professional experience. My Master’s internship involved applying GIS analysis to herbarium georeferenceing. I currently work as a research botanist with the USDA Forest Service in Corvallis, Oregon studying understory vegetation response to prescribed fire and grazing, and the control of invasive weeds in fuel-reduction-management programs.

Connie Burdick

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2003

Profile: I was introduced to the PSM program when I decided to change careers at my place of employment, Environmental Protection Agency. The research projects that I had been involved with had a need for GIS (geographic information systems) skills and database development. The PSM program seemed the perfect fit to increase my knowledge of environmental issues while also providing the opportunity to do an internship using GIS. I am currently working at the EPA in the Risk Characterization Branch focusing on pesticide issues and terrestrial habitat scenarios.

Mary Bushman

PSM Program: Applied Systematics in Botany

Graduation Date: 2006

Profile: I came to Oregon State with the hope that the Botany PSM program would provide me with training and experience to work as a professional in natural resource management. That hope has become a reality. The PSM program provided me with an exciting internship opportunity with the US Forest Service in the Cascade Head Scenic Research Area. Our assignment was to develop a community supported plan for environmental restoration projects and to make recommendations for policy and management changes. My work as part of the team of natural resource specialists included the planning of design elements for new restoration projects in the Salmon River estuary on the central Oregon coast. As the botanist on the project I accomplished the following: i) conducted field research surveys towards assessing and prioritizing the implementation of restoration projects; ii) gathered ecological data to determine plant populations and communities. Data collected included hydrologic, geologic, historic and current conditions specific to the restoration sites; iii) mapped historic and future plant communities and plant populations using GIS and GPS technology; and iv) provided technical guidance in planning the restoration and management of the diverse range of plant communities in the marine/aquatic/terrestrial interface of the estuary. Our success was measured by an overwhelmingly positive response from a large portion of the general public, the local agencies and the project sponsors. Many of the 23 million dollars in projects that were developed through the project are in various phases of additional planning and implementation.

Vincent Cerimele

PSM Program: Applied Physics

Graduation Date: 2007

Profile: I graduated in 2007 with a Master of Science degree in Applied Physics through the Professional Science Masters (PSM) program. Prior to attending OSU, I graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of California at San Diego. Before coming to OSU, I spent some time working at Intel and decided that I wanted to take my education and career further than I could with a standard degree. I felt the combination of science and business coursework that the PSM program offered would provide a competitive advantage for working in industry that would open up opportunities not as easily available to a standard Master’s degree. I interned at View Plus Technologies in Corvallis, Oregon. While there, I worked on their next generation of brail embossers. Currently, I am working at ViaSat Inc., located in Carlsbad, California. I test military satellite communication equipment related to UHF SATCOM. I am also the owner of a private consulting firm.

Chris Cheng

PSM Program: Applied Biotechnology

Graduation Date: 2010

Profile: I completed the Professional Science Master’s program in Applied Biotechnology in Fall 2010 with a M.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology. My undergraduate education took place at Gonzaga University, where I graduated with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in General Business in 2008. Prior to attending OSU, I worked at a plant biotechnology firm for a year to develop a better understanding of research applications in the private sector. I enrolled in the PSM program in Fall 2009 to further refine my professional skills and to develop better laboratory proficiency for a successful career in biology. My internship was at Kashi Clinical Laboratories, Inc. in Portland, OR, where I developed and managed a new drug screening department to bring it towards operational status and federal laboratory compliance. The PSM program prepared me for my internship by providing me with valuable project management skills and a strong scientific background. I am currently employed at Kashi Labs to operate the drug testing laboratory and market its services to new clients. My career goal is to devote my skills and efforts to biomedical research, specifically in the area of regenerative medicine, a rapidly growing field with profound implications for human health and lifespan.

Kelly M Clayton

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2008

Profile: After graduating from the PSM program in spring 2008, I secured a position with the Yakama Nation as a Wildlife Biologist.  I was hired to assist with survey fieldwork in meadow habitats on the Yakama Reservation.  Previous employment as a vegetation technician along with a background in wildlife assisted in securing the position; however, the deciding factor was my internship experience with the Forest Service in stream restoration and advanced coursework in wetlands and riparian ecology.  The PSM program was an opportunity to further my education in science while gaining valuable skills in business management, communication, and ethics that will only pave the way for future employment.  If you have any questions regarding my personal experience in the PSM program, please feel free to contact me at kellym.clayton@gmail.com.

Ryan Coghlan

PSM Program: Applied Biotechnology

Graduation Date: 2011

Profile: As an undergrad I worked with algae and molecular biology techniques in the plant science department. After I graduated I worked for 4 years as a Production Scientist in the blood test manufacturing department of a large biotech company. I always felt that I wanted to get an advanced degree but wasn't sure if a traditional Masters or PhD program was what I wanted to pursue. I chose the PSM program because it has a lot of what I want in terms of advanced science knowledge but also has a strong business aspect, which is what I am interested in. Oregon State's Applied Biotechnology program has what I need to pursue my future career aspirations. After my degree is completed I hope to get involved with a small biotech company or become part of the ever growing green energy field.

Cynthia Comfort

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2011

Profile: My application to the PSM program stemmed from my interest in crossing science with skills in the business arena.   I earned my B.S. in General Science from Portland State University with emphasis in Biology and Chemistry.    I hope to be able to use the skills acquired in this program to work for the federal government or a private company.   Helping businesses reduce their environmental impacts and operate more “green” would be one goal I strive for.   I would also like to explore the link between environmental forensics and conservation.    In the meantime, I am really enjoying getting to know people from different cultural, educational, and professional backgrounds.   We all bring such a unique perspective that I think I will be able to learn from everyone around me.  I look forward to the the next two years and the relationships I will build.

Amy Cook

PSM Program: Fisheries and Wildlife Administration

Graduation Date: 2014

Profile: I began completion of my BS in 2006 and was fortunate to be able to obtain employment with Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) in spring of 2008, just prior to my final graduation date. I worked for PSMFC as a fisheries technician and was promoted to fisheries biologist after one year of employment. At that time the project I was part of supplied survival estimates of juvenile Chinook and steelhead passing through the Federal Columbia River Hydropower System. In 2011 I moved to the Portland area and was able to stay with PSMFC in a seasonal position working with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) on population studies of adult Chinook, coho, steelhead, and chum in the Columbia River and tributaries. In 2012 I continued work for PSMFC but once again on a juvenile survival study using acoustic technology. In Fall of 2012 I will be working for WDFW doing salmon surveys. In addition to this professional experience I have done extensive volunteer work as president of a non-profit that supports a wildlife refuge. My goal of this PSM program is to combine the salmon research background I have with the disciplines of economics, policy and communications in order to work as an intermediary between communities, government and stakeholders in the oftentimes contentious issue of salmon management.

Kristen Daly

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: June 2014

Profile:

I have had a deep love and respect for our oceans since my childhood on the shores of Long Island, NY. This love lead me to the North Carolina coast where I earned my BS in Marine Biology, during which time I took a job in the finance industry and volunteered at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. The work with the sea turtles strengthened my desire to be a steward for our oceans and coastal areas. However, I feared that my work in the finance industry would hinder my abilities to gain a foothold in the coastal management career field. The PSM program changed all that. I now feel that my business background will be an asset to me as I move forward. I look forward to building upon my knowledge of business and environmental issues and learn to use them as tools in the future as I pursue a career in coastal and marine conservation and management.

Thomas Davis

PSM Program: Applied Biotechnology

Graduation Date: 2011

Profile: I am from Spartanburg, SC. I applied to the PSM program because of OSU's great MCB program. In addition, I think the business background will help me in a competitive professional environment. I previously have worked with Oryza sativa and corn mapping miRNAs. My goal is to eventually work in the the biomedical industry. I hope to gain valuable experience in that field through this program.

Luca De Stefanis

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2014

Profile: Luca presently works for the European Union through the City of Bologna, Italy as an environmental policy aide advising and planning for climate adaptation measures, sustainable development and urban planning. Luca also works for the Institute for Natural Resources since the summer of 2012 after a decade of experience in the areas of environmental and conservation analysis, planning and design having worked throughout North America and Europe. In 2013-2014 Luca completed environmental policy advising work at The White House, Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) in Washington, D.C. where he worked on a Climate Adaptation Team to develop strategies for implementation of U.S. President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan. Luca also worked for U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley focusing on environmental policy issues providing strategic advice and guidance on environmental policy issues related to land and water directly relevant to the State of Oregon. Luca completed his Master's degree at Oregon State University in Environmental Policy with a minor in business through the PSM program and a second Master's in Natural Resource Management - Water Conflict Management. Luca's policy interests are climate adaptation, preparedness and resilience, water resources, sustainable land use development, urban planning, collaborative governance and conflicts over natural resources. Luca De Stefanis is an environmental policy aide and advisor who quickly captures the critical needs, top priorities and key concerns of constituencies and partners that lead to meaningful decisions.  Demonstrated ability to work effectively within and across diverse groups including the Executive Office of the President, Congress, Federal agencies, European Union, non-governmental organizations and private sector operations to achieve significant results. On his free time Luca enjoys global travel when the opportunity lends itself and when at home in Oregon he prefers road biking, collecting jazz records, backpacking in the Cascades, drinking strong coffee, Italian rustic cooking and exploring the culture and landscape around him by foot, bike or car through observation and engagement.

Jenny Dresler

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2011

Profile: I graduated from the PSM Program in Environmental Science and also earned a Graduate Certificate in Marine Resource Management. My undergraduate education emphasized vertebrate anatomy and physiology as well as evolution. I worked on a senior thesis project at Baylor in the field of medical entomology, researching mosquito population density as related to weather patterns in McLennan County, Texas. My experiences in Texas opened my eyes to the importance of environmental science and public policy, and I realized the need to integrate my interest in science with professional skills. I planned to get involved with public policy-making, especially with coastal communities, and environmental consulting. I believe that the PSM program has helped me achieve these career goals. For my internship project, I compared different communication tools to share marine recreational fishing regulations with fishermen. I will be moving to Washington, D.C. in February 2012 to start a Knauss Fellowship, where I will be working on marine policy issues, especially in the context of ecosystem-based management and incorporating stakeholders in the decision-making process.

Dan Driscoll

PSM Program: Applied Biotechnology

Graduation Date: 2007

Profile: I graduated from the Applied Biotechnology track of the PSM program at OSU with an MS in Molecular and Cellular Biology in March of 2007 after completing an internship with an antibiotic development company called Replidyne, Inc. in Louisville, CO. Doing this, I was able to become more familiar with the drug development process and FDA regulations. After my internship I was offered and accepted the position of Associate Molecular Biologist with a company called Luca Technologies in Golden, CO. I currently work on molecular identification and classification of subsurface consortia microbes involved in methanogenesis and the biodegradation of coal and other hydrocarbons.

Ryan Emery

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2007

Profile: Following graduation from Oregon State University with a B.S. in Environmental Economics, Policy, and Management, I entered the PSM Program's Environmental Science Track. From my undergraduate experience I had built a solid foundation of skills in economics and policy, but desired the fundamentals of science and compliments of professional skills to become a well-rounded environmental expert. The professional skill development has also proven to be extremely effective and useful, and is an essential component of any professional’s repertoire. To fulfill the program's internship requirement, I accepted an internship with the Ecological Careers Organization as an Environmental Planner at the Bureau of Land Management's Yuma Field Office. This assignment was specifically contracted to complete a comprehensive Resource Management Plan (RMP/EIS) for 1.3 million acres of public lands and resources. Following the internship, I took temporary placement as a federal employee at the BLM office, gaining greater responsibility on the RMP project and experience with federal land management. After the employment with the BLM, I returned to Oregon to begin an entrepreneurial business development in the biofuels industry and raised capital for Bioco Biofuels LLC. I also joined Spectron Energy's environmental desk as an Environmental Markets Broker and Analysts; dealing with global GHG reduction programs, state's Renewable Portfolio Standards for renewable energy mandates, and emissions cap and trade financial markets. I found the PSM program to fit my both my academic and personal ambitions, and thrived in the collegial environment fostered by the program. The program offered two great distinct strengths that benefited me in my professional life. First, the learning community within the PSM program brings together a technically diverse student body from all PSM tracks, where students individually contribute their strengths in a collective team environment. Second, the flexibility in the program's curriculum enables students to pursue their individual professional and intellectual interests while requiring extremely valuable skill development courses otherwise overlooked in other programs.

Edward Etherington

PSM Program: Applied Biotechnology

Graduation Date: 2007

Profile: I currently live in Oregon and work for a Portland area biotech company doing medical diagnostic technology research and development.  I am chiefly responsible for the development and management of a database of experiments and results, development and maintainence of the supporting server and code base, and the development of data analysis methods.

Jena Fay

PSM Program: Applied Systematics in Botany

Graduation Date: 2013

Profile: During my undergrad I took everything from Herpetology, Limnology, Botany and Angiosperm Evolution. Working in the field and the lab I discovered my interests in plant systematics and botany with their many applications: habitat restoration, invasive species control and the conservation of endangered species. Since graduation I was able to stay active in my field and in the community by volunteering at the Memphis Botanical Gardens and becoming Environmental Chair of the PTA at my son's school. I believe the public and commercial sectors must be involved, when pursuing environmental efforts, to be successful. The PSM program will allow me to gain invaluable business skills, while advancing my botanical knowledge, to grow into a well developed professional scientist.

Christy Fellas

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2012

Profile: Since completing my undergraduate studies I have been employed at the National Marine Fisheries Service in Portland, OR working on salmon recovery with Federal, state and local stakeholders under the Endangered Species Act. I have now returned to my position at National Marine Fisheries Service and I will apply my skills from the PSM Environmental Sciences program, including my internship on Willamette River salmon and steelhead, to benefit my work projects. My professional and natural resource policy and management skills gained during my time at OSU will help me transition into a management level policy position in the future. I'd be happy to talk to potential PSM students! You can contact me at: christina.fellas@noaa.gov

Elise Ferrarese

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2008

Profile: Prior to entering the PSM program at OSU, I worked as a field technician for six years on various ecological research projects in Oregon, California, and Connecticut. Those positions provided me with valuable experience in wildlife biology, field sampling methods, data management, and field crew supervision. I chose the PSM program to further my education because I was interested in the internship component and the program's shared emphases on science, project management, and business. My internship project with The Nature Conservancy involved coordinating a creek and wet prairie restoration feasibility study.  I graduated from the PSM program in the spring of 2008 with a master's in Environmental Science. After graduating, I worked as a Research Ecologist with the Wetland and Watershed Assessment Group at Earth Design Consultants, a small environmental consulting firm in Corvallis. In that position I was able to further develop my project management, data analysis, technical writing, and GIS skills while working on a diversity of natural resource management and research projects.  I also worked part-time as a Research Assistant in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at OSU studying the biological control of weeds.  I am now the Restoration Specialist for the Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council, where I work closely with landowners, grantors, and partners to design, implement, and assess restoration activities and monitor ecological conditions within the watershed.

Daniel Feuer

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2010

Profile: While pursuing my undergraduate degree, I avoided business courses, thinking that they were really needed for scientists.  However, once I started working in the environmental industry, I realized that business is fundamentally related to every field.  I came to OSU in order to pursue the PSM degree since getting an advanced degree in the sciences has been a goal of mine, and thought that the degree would increase my career advancement opportunities.  The coursework and PSM internship I completed with Landau Associates provided a very well-rounded experience, which has provided me with a much more sophisticated set of skills to succeed in the professional world.

Carolina Garcia-Rios

PSM Program: Applied Biotechnology

Graduation Date: 2013

Profile: During the process of completing my undergraduate degree I spent a year working at a Biodiesel Research and Production Facility, which further centered my interests in renewable energy and biofuels. I enrolled in the Applied Biotechnology program to develop professional skills that will allow me to make the connection between my scientific background and the business aspect of the biotechnology field. After completing my degree I hope to work for a Biotechnology company in which I can actively contribute to innovative discovery, development and delivery of advanced, renewable biofuels to consumers.

Stephanie Graham

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2013

Profile: In 2006 I graduated with an A.S. in Biotechnology and began working as a laboratory analyst in a nutritional chemistry and food safety lab. While working, I pursued my B.S. in Biology and began taking courses in ecology. After working for five and a half years as an analyst, I decided to pursue my interest in environmental science. I chose the PSM program at OSU because of the diversity of coursework, internship component, and program flexibility. For my internship, I had a great experience working as a wetland biologist intern with Washington State Department of Transportation. While finishing my coursework in spring 2013, I was offered a temporary analytical chemist position with CH2M Hill. The position is perfect for blending my previous laboratory experience with my recent education in environmental science, and I am excited about the opportunities it may lead to in the future.

Kimberly Gryzb

PSM Program: Applied Biotechnology

Graduation Date: 2005

Profile: Through OSU’s Professional Master’s program in Applied Biotechnology, I obtained an MS in Molecular and Cellular Biology. My internship at the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing (CGRB) on the OSU campus involved learning to perform the services offered there, such as DNA sequencing, genotyping, and designing custom microarrays. Additionally, I designed, conducted, and analyzed results of a survey which allowed the center to gain insight into the level of satisfaction of its customers. The science, business and communication exposure I received during my PSM experience enabled me to find a wonderful job at the DNA EpiCenter (www.dnaepicenter.org) as a Staff Scientist.  At DNA EpiCenter I was involved in all aspects of a non-profit including marketing, science curriculum development, and grant writing.  I have currently returned to graduate school and am now seeking a PhD in Environmental Science at OSU. 

Reece Hammer

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: June 2014

Profile:

During my undergraduate degree I worked in a plant biology laboratory, analyzing fungal growth on American Chestnut trees, which made me realize that I didn’t necessarily want to do research the rest of my career. This attracted me to the PSM program, which allows me to apply real life aspects through communication and business courses and simultaneously study rigorous science courses. This program will help me pursue a career not only as an entrepreneur, but also focus on scientific problems. With the worlds’ continued demand for exhaustible resources like oil, natural gas, and coal, my main focus as a graduate student is in renewable energies. After completing my graduate degree I would like to pursue a career as a private energy consultant and/or research environmental impacts and the efficiency of renewable energy technologies.

Christine Henderson

PSM Program: Applied Biotechnology

Graduation Date: 2005

Profile: I graduated in 2005 with a Master's degree in Molecular & Cellular Biology through the Professional Science Master's Program in Applied Biotechnology. As part of the program, I chose to do a summer internship in 2004 at the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) with Dr. Tim Galitski, where I worked on yeast as a model organism for fungal pathogenesis. This internship, along with my previous lab experience, helped me to get a job at ISB as a research associate in Ruedi Aebersold's lab, a leading researcher in the field of proteomics and biomarker discovery. I worked on characterizing cell surface proteins in lymphocytes in order to identify protein markers in patients which will effectively be used to identify biomarkers in leukemia. Most recently, I worked as a Research Associate at the Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute (VGTI) on the west campus of OHSU. The experience I gained in preparation of proteomic samples and in mass spectrometry gave me the opportunity to work at the VGTI as the manager of the Proteomics Core Facility. My job is to provide consultation for proteomics projects and to run samples on the mass spectrometer, as well as to perform analysis of the data using computation tools. I am currently a student at OHSU’s School of Medicine.

Kevin Hetherington

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2008

Profile: I graduated from OSU with a PSM in Environmental Sciences in 2008 after a highly successful internship at Hewlett-Packard in green chemistry, where I was instrumental in starting a pilot program to decrease the company’s reliance on potentially toxic plastic materials. This program was a big part of HP’s green chemistry efforts that have since served as a basis for the regulatory implementation California’s AB 1879 green chemistry initiative. I credit my PSM experience with preparing me for the corporate work environment and successfully adapt once I arrived there. I graduated with a JD from the University of Oregon School of Law in May 2012 and was admitted to the California bar in December of 2012. I hope to focus my future legal career on corporate environmental compliance. You may contact me for information about my PSM experience, or my change to a legal career, at kevin.l.hetherington@gmail.com.

Becky Hill

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2009

Profile: I grew up in the Willamette Valley, Oregon and developed a deep appreciation for wetlands and a passion for local wildlife at a young age.  Being an avid herpetologist since childhood, it seemed natural that I would pursue higher education that would expand on this enthusiasm.  I completed a B.S. in Environmental Science with a minor in Zoology in 2006 from OSU, and graduated in 2009 with an Environmental Science Master’s degree through the Professional Science Master’s (PSM) program.  Both my Masters and my undergraduate work involved amphibian ecology and wetland related research. My PSM business coursework and internship with Willamette Riverkeeper helped me develop the skills I needed to become not just a scientist, but also a Project Manager. I conceptualized, developed, implemented and managed a multi-year amphibian monitoring plan for Willamette Mission State Park, near Brooks, Oregon.  My data, in conjunction with several other collaborative monitoring projects, will be used to develop a restoration plan that will restore natural water flow regimes to a remnant channel of the Willamette River.  Some of the experiences and skills I gained from my internship include: grant/proposal writing, report and biological assessment writing, developing project budgets and timelines, purchasing and payroll, managing personnel, and effectively communicating and collaborating with agencies, NGOs and local landowners.  Drawing from these experiences, I have been able to establish my own environmental consulting group – Hill Environmental Consulting. Since graduation, I have been contracted to conduct amphibian assessments and advise on habitat restoration projects.  I am also working full time for Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in the Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program.  In this position, I research the risk of non-native species’ potential to become invasive in Oregon, develop protocols for decontaminating equipment, conduct inspections, and reach out the public about the negative impacts of aquatic invasive species. If you would like more information about my internship or my experiences in the PSM program, please feel free to contact me at: rebbeccahill@yahoo.com

Tiffany Hill

PSM Program: Graduate Certificate

Graduation Date: 2012

Profile: I graduated with my B.S in Chemistry from Oregon State University in 2006. While I was attending OSU I worked as a student research assistant for Dr. A Morrie Craig extracting ergot alkaloids from grass species intended to feed livestock local and abroad. Also during my undergraduate experience at OSU I received an internship with CH2M Hill’s Applied Sciences Laboratory and accepted at full time position after graduation. As an analytical chemist I have spent the majority of my time in the lab working with semi-volatile extractions and analyses by GC and GC/MS. I have also had the opportunity to develop and implement laboratory procedures to extract and analyze for organotins and resins and fatty acids. In addition to laboratory work I have participated in field work which includes working in a remote field lab in Alaska providing rapid turnaround analyses.

Lauren Hill

PSM Program: Applied Biotechnology

Graduation Date: 2014

Profile: After finishing my undergraduate studies, I spent two years working for a private veterinary practice, learning a lot about the veterinary diagnostics industry in the process. I also have an interest in studying canine genetics and breeding management to reduce the spread of heritable diseases within purebred canine populations. I joined the PSM program because it combines business with science. With the skills acquired through the PSM program, I hope to develop novel testing techniques in order to help breeders make informed decisions about kennel management.

Partiban Bagyaraj Chellam Jesudason

PSM Program: Applied Biotechnology

Graduation Date: 2010

Profile: I am a biotechnologist with Industrial Biotechnology as my undergraduate training and Molecular and Cellular Biology as my Master’s training.  For a majority of my time at OSU, I worked to determine fin regeneration pathways in zebra fish.  This helped me gain good insight into molecular signaling.  My internship at Genentech, Inc. helped me gain experience in industry.  I will be pursuing a career in cell culture and process development fields in the manufacturing of drugs.

Chintan Joshi

PSM Program: Applied Biotechnology

Graduation Date: 2010

Profile: I am an international student from India . My undergraduate internship at Lucknow Biotech Park , India on Biodiesel production gave me a clear overview of how important understanding business is when dealing with scientific products. My objective is to be involved with a company which allows me to co-ordinate business management and R&D. Presently, budding companies want to establish themselves in the market as a major player. I believe this is only possible if they have good exposure to a market (business) and have excellent work going on (R&D) within themselves. Most budding biotech businesses are looking for people who have an understanding of both the issues, i.e. business management and R&D, which would be more cost effective and efficient. There is no doubt that with Professional Science Masterʼs degree I have an edge over other people who have solely scientific knowledge. With a PSM I can achieve the standards that industry expects and deserves.

Keri Hevner

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2013

Profile: I grew up along the coast of Massachusetts, which has had a major influence over my entire life.  After spending six wonderful years exploring the Pacific Northwest, I have decided to settle back in New England with my dog Arwyn, as I feel strongly connected to the land and spirit of this area.  I received my undergraduate degree in Environmental Policy from Western Washington University, and have now added my Professional Science Master's degree in Environmental Science from Oregon State University, which has contributed experience in business, science, and free-choice learning.  This will provide a solid foundation for my career path of environmental nonprofit management, with an emphasis on communications and marketing.  I enjoy connecting with people and understanding what motivates them, and I look forward to a career that will contribute in a positive way to this amazing world we call home.  To this end, I will be settling in Bar Harbor, Maine to work at the Dorr Museum of Natural History for the summer, and am excited to see where this leads next.

Paul Kingsley

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2012

Profile: I am an international student from India. My undergraduate degree was in the field of Biotechnology, but I was always curious of various environmental factors that influence our living on earth. In this fast growing commercial world, there is not much concern given to environmental issues. One of the major issues is the quality of water on which every living component of the world depends on. Having come from a country of water disputes, I wanted to focus my study over water quality and management. My goal is to be an interface between the scientific and the policy making groups with respect to water quality concerning issues in a persuasive comportment. This is where I found the PSM Environmental Science program fit into my prospect. The program set up provides a complete picture of various components in the professional world, and aid the student to graduate more professional than just mastering the subject. This program would give me leverage when I enter the professional world of science.

Kevin Kirkemo

PSM Program: Applied Biotechnology

Graduation Date: 2013

Profile: Hello, my name is Kevin Kirkemo and I graduated from Oregon State University in 2011 with a degree in Chemistry. After graduating, I began working at the Oregon Health Science University in Portland, Oregon doing research focusing on the chemical synthesis of thyroid hormone analogs and later on protein biochemistry. I learned a wealth of information while making many great connections during my two years as a research technician but I realized that I could not reach my career goals with simply a B.S. degree. During my undergraduate education, I was made to believe that the only path forward in science was to pursue a PhD. After years in academic research, I can safely say that I wanted to get away from benchwork but still wanted to be connected to the sciences. This Professional Science Masters program in Biotechnology at Oregon State University has the chance to open doors for me which I weren't expecting to be open until many years after completing a PhD. This expedited process may be the greatest advantage to the PSM program which combines a graduate level science education with a cocktail of business courses oriented towards scientists.

Jennifer Krebs

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2012

Profile: Immediately after graduating, I pursued an internship through the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture as a Forestry Technician to help detect and monitor the presence of an invasive beetle, Emerald Ash Borer throughout the state. I preformed inspections of trees in both private and public lands, helped with community outreach programs, and participated in seasonal field studies. During my time at the Department of Agriculture, I noticed an increasing connection between research and a strong aspect of management. The combined efforts of science and management contributed to a successful program and collaboration with many departments and organizations, all of which are working towards a statewide program. My experience has taught me communication and well-defined goals are the key to a successful collaboration when working with a variety of agencies. I hope to bridge a personal gap between science and management while gaining the necessary skills to continue in a multiagency industry. After completion of my degree, I plan to further my career with invasive species control at a state or federal level.

Joshua Lambert

PSM Program: Applied Systematics in Botany

Graduation Date: 2008

Profile: I am excited to be part of the PSM in Applied Plant Systematics as it tailors very well to what the current environmental science community needs right now: technical workers with effective skills in communication and business organization. Working many years as a technical biologist, with many private public agencies, I have noticed how such skills can benefit an organization whose resources are limited. I believe that this program is addressing need for fundamental changes in science education today. I look forward to applying myself to the diverse curriculum provided through OSU while engaging and forming working relationships with the unique local network of organizations that are providing the tools, research and hard work to conserve and restore Willamette Valley and Oregon ecosystems. My primary interests are invasive plant ecology, rare plant community dynamics, structural and functional restoration of critical habitats such as Willamette Valley wet and upland prairie systems and conservation based land management. I hope to find a niche within in the public, private or non-profit sector when I graduate; a career that can support my lifelong pursuit of hiking the never ending alpine peaks and valleys of the west.

Kristen Larson

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2012

Profile: After completing my undergraduate degree, I spent 2 years in the Republic of Ecuador as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Natural Resources program. Since returning the U.S., I have held various positions including conservation intern at a Virginia state park, Pesticide Specialist at the National Pesticide Information Center at OSU, managing the Northwest Portland International Hostel and Guesthouse and teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) in Thailand. After enjoying various experiences I decided to go to graduate school in Environmental Sciences with a focus on water resources. I chose the PSM program to help build on my background and to further develop both my science and professional training. By incorporating the Graduate GIS Certificate, I gained additional technical training during my graduate program. My internship was with the Long Tom Watershed Council in Eugene, helping develop the Amazon Creek Initiative, a program dedicated to improving stormwater management and water quality in an urban creek. After graduation in June 2012 and a cross-country celebration trip, I started work as the Council Coordinator for the Luckiamute Watershed Council in September 2012, putting to use both the scientific and professional training of the PSM program.

Flora Luo

PSM Program: Applied Biotechnology

Graduation Date: 2013

Profile: Upon completion of my undergraduate degree, I have been employed in both a wheat genetics laboratory as well as a DNA sequencing facility. The experience of working in both a research and company environment has led me to the PSM Applied Biotechnology program due to its unique hybrid of business and science courses. I believe with this new experience and education I will acquire the skills to succeed in the professional world.

Heaven Manning

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2014

Profile:

Upon completing my undergraduate degree, I knew I wanted to complete a Master's Degree, but I did not want to complete a program focused on research. Once I discovered the PSM program, I knew it was the perfect blend of professional-based business classes as well as rigorous, scientific coursework. Growing-up near the Chesapeake Bay, I have always been interested in water quality and restoration practices. Through various volunteer opportunities with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, I have grown to love any and all aspects of wetlands and estuarine environments. Within the PSM program, I will focus on water resource sciences. I hope to apply both the scientific and business aspects to a career focused on monitoring the water quality and applying restoration projects in a wetland environment.

David Matthews

PSM Program: Graduate Certificate

Graduation Date: 2013

Richard Mauroner

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2010

Profile: I moved to Oregon in 2007 to gain further experience working as an environmental interpreter and educator. Ultimately, I am participating in the PSM program to develop a more well-rounded background in the practical application of environmental science. I enjoy learning the relationships between various scientific specialties, and I believe that this program at OSU is designed to let students contribute in their own respective ways. I plan to work with various members of the fermentation science community to develop more sustainable operating practices.

Alexander Mauroner

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2014

Profile: After taking care of most of my Biology classes at Westminster I was finally given time to round out my liberal arts education.  Straying from the strict empirical sciences, I took many courses in the social sciences that have greatly affected my career goals.  Post graduation I was able to serve as a volunteer research assistant for a sea turtle conservation organization monitoring and protecting leatherbacks in Grenada.  My experience working with local communities and conservationists motivated me to seek my Master’s degree in Environmental Science.  I chose the PSM program at OSU because it meets my desire to work between different disciplines, encompassing business, environmental science, and even philosophy.  In order to preserve the natural resources both in the U.S. and abroad environmental scientists must be well-rounded in able to negotiate the business side and the science side of enacting policies.  The PSM program will prepare me to do so.  I plan on taking the skills gained here into the non-profit sector working in natural resource management or critical ecosystem conservation.  I would love to work for an organization such as the National Audubon Society conducting analysis of environmental policies and their potential impacts on different ecosystems.  With the communication and business skill gained through the program I will be able to work with community leaders, policymakers, and the private sector to make sure that we’re all keeping the best interests of our environment in mind.

Dani Mazzotta

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2012

Profile: During my undergraduate program, I focused my interests in grazing systems and land management planning. Upon graduation, I began work in the non-profit environmental sector, teaching resource based science classes at ecology and education centers in North Carolina, Colorado and California. I have recently relocated to Corvallis from Alaska where I worked with the Anchorage Museum, teaching outreach programs and developing community based science events throughout Alaska. At Oregon State I will be pursuing the Environmental Sciences PSM program while focusing in biogeochemistry.  I selected the PSM program to pursue studies in soil conservation and strengthen my business and managerial skills.  I hope to utilize my masters degree in the governmental sector, obtaining a position that allows me to combine my interests in soil science with environmental and community education.

Jessica McCartney

PSM Program: Applied Physics

Graduation Date: 2012

Previous Education: B.S. in Engineering Science, Minor in Physics, Smith College

Steven McLay

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2013

Previous Education: B.S. in General Studies, Eastern Oregon University

Profile: Upon completing my Bachelors Degree I entered the workforce in retail, securing a number of management positions in the building and home improvement sector. I spent a few years as a general construction contractor before entering federal employment as a program and budget manager with the Department of Defense. I entered the PSM program to refresh my scientific knowledge, hone my managerial skills, and to learn how to resolve the tension between human and natural systems. My focus will ultimately be in renewable resources. After completing the PSM program I intend to secure a position in the Pacific Northwest with either industry as a consultant or with government as a program manager or liaison with industry, focusing on renewable energy resources.

Joshua Mellon

PSM Program: Applied Physics

Graduation Date: 2007

Website: http://joshua-j-mellon.tripod.com

Profile: I received my MS Degree in Applied Physics through the Professional Science Master's program at Oregon State University (OSU). Prior to graduating, I acquired research experience through internships at NASA, SRI International and SETI, and management experience as an Army Sergeant and policy adviser deployed to Kuwait. After graduating, I leveraged my science background in predominately finance and business management roles. I worked for three years at ViewPlus Technologies, where I acquired and managed grant funds, supported the establishment of the company's international branch, and created financial analysis tools. While at ViewPlus, I served on the board of the Software Association of Oregon Corvallis Chapter, was a business plan judge for the OSU Austin Entrepreneurship Program, and continued to teach undergraduate physics labs as a volunteer. My roles for my new employer, Blue Ridge Research and Consulting in Asheville, NC, include Manager of Business Operations and Scientist.

Christy Meyer

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2011

Previous Education: BBA in Marketing, College of William and Mary; Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Natural Resources, Oregon State University

Profile: I completed the PSM degree in Environmental Sciences, with a focus in water resources, in December of 2011. I have an undergraduate degree in business and chose the PSM degree as it provided me with the opportunity to strengthen my academic background in the sciences while reinforcing my business skills with a scientific twist. The flexibility of this degree allowed me to tailor my internship and coursework to meet my interests. I conducted an internship at OSU’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife with support from NOAA Fisheries. My research on the habitat needs and ecology of juvenile spring Chinook in the lower Willamette River will inform restoration decisions in the lower Willamette and Columbia Rivers. I am now pursuing career opportunities in river restoration. The PSM degree has equipped me with skills in ecological restoration, science communication and project management, a combined skills set that will enable me to succeed as both a scientist and a team leader.

Karim Morey-Castro

PSM Program: Applied Biotechnology

Graduation Date: 2012

Previous Education: B.S. in Microbiology and Parasitology, Universidad Nacional de Trujillo, Peru

Profile: I obtained my undergraduate degree in Microbiology and Parasitology in Peru in 1997. After graduating I decided to move to the United States in search of new career opportunities landing a position at Peace Health Laboratories in Springfield, Oregon as a Clinical Microbiologist. My main interest in the past years has been understanding the mechanism of microbial pathogenesis and the technology involved in the diagnosis of difficult to isolate/culture microorganisms. In the last years, Clinical Microbiology has started to incorporate more molecular biology, thereby creating new opportunities for research and development. I was delighted when I came across the PSM in Applied Biotechnology program offered at Oregon State University. The PSM program will allow me to learn the latest cutting-edging molecular technologies as well as teach me how to successfully conduct and manage a business. By the time I complete my degree, I would like to be able to work in a biotechnology company involved in research and development in molecular disease diagnostics.

Echo Nelson

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2010

Profile: I am from Kalispell, Montana and graduated from Montana State University in May 2006 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biological Science.  I chose Oregon State University’s Professional Science Master’s because of its interdisciplinary program and non-thesis option.  I enrolled in the Environmental Sciences program to pursue my love of ecology.  I feel the courses I took will provide me with the necessary skills to be successful in any career I choose in this field.

Dima Gharaibeh

PSM Program: Applied Biotechnology

Graduation Date: 2008

Profile: While extensively researching career choices within the biological sciences, I was delighted to find the newly designed PSM program, and was even happier to discover that this program had been implemented at Oregon State University. I hope to increase and refine my curricular experience with further molecular/cellular coursework and lab techniques, as well as gain a basic grounding in core business methods. This unique academic experience will provide the opportunity to pursue a research and development career in the areas of genetics or oncology.

Kyle Peltier

PSM Program: Graduate Certificate

Graduation Date: Spring 2012

Indu Peruri

PSM Program: Applied Biotechnology

Graduation Date: 2009

Profile: My professional ambition is to bring advanced business practices to cutting edge biological research. I want to be in a position to meld the commercial goals of the corporation with its research interests, each enriching the other. To accomplish this task, the PSM program was the ideal choice to move my career ahead. With this program I plan to hone my molecular biology research skills and simultaneously develop a thorough understanding of core business strategies.

Stacy A. Polkowske

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2008

Profile: I graduated in spring 2008 from the PSM program with a master’s in Environmental Science where I focused on Water Resources. My internship focused on water quality of the Middle Fork Willamette Sub-basin. I worked with multiple partners to develop and complete TMDL Implementation Plans for two rural cities. Currently, I am serving as “Watershed Technical Specialist” for the Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District in Newport, OR. My scope of work includes conservation and water quality planning, writing grant proposals for restoration and monitoring projects, and managing the “MidCoast Non-point Pollution Program” and “Agricultural Water Quality Management Area Plan”. I feel very fortunate that I found a position that utilizes what I have learned from the PSM curriculum, expands on my interests that unraveled at OSU, and gives me the opportunity to turn scientific, economical and social concepts into on-the-ground collaboration and action.

Tamra Dickson Prior

PSM Program: Applied Systematics in Botany

Graduation Date: 2013

Profile: I have often found that my two undergraduate degrees actually overlap a lot in ways people don’t expect, which can be very beneficial. In oceanography, I specialized in the chemical aspect, mainly quantifying macro-nutrient amounts in the water column. This is something that can be easily applied to hydrology. Exploring study options for graduate school, I became more interested in the aspects of the forest that didn’t just involve timber sales and Oregon State University is a great place to do that. I have now had the amazing opportunity to take classes in lichens, mosses, fungi, plant diseases, identification of PNW plants, aquatic plants, and grasses, all things I think crucial to understanding a forest ecosystem. Currently I work here at OSU for the Oregon Flora Project, helping work on the Flora as well as imaging plant specimens in the herbarium. I would love to work in forest species inventory or surveying for rare plants, or even helping local landowners create a more natural and native setting around their property.

Jessica Ramsay

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2012

Profile: After graduating from Texas A&M University in Galveston with a B.S in Marine Biology, I worked as a North Pacific Groundfish Observer gathering at-sea data aboard commercial fishing vessels in the Bering Sea and Pacific Ocean.  The data I collected was used by the National Marine Fisheries to set fishing quotas as well as to supplement ongoing project data.  I decided that I wanted to pursue the PSM degree in Environmental Science because of the science intensive coursework as well as the business component, which can often be overlooked in other programs.  My career goal is to combine those business skills acquired from the program with my Marine Biology background to work on near-coastal wetland and estuarine restoration and mitigation.  Through the PSM program I intend to gain the tools needed to succeed not only in the scientific realm but also in the business realm.

Rylan Reddekopp

PSM Program: Applied Biotechnology

Graduation Date: 2014

Profile: I entered the Professional Science Masters in Applied Biotechnology program because I wanted to take my education further and gain the skills that would allow me to competitively market myself in the biotech industry. I feel this program will play an integral role in helping me achieve my goals in starting a career that I am passionate about and that positively impacts the lives of others. My interests are centered in the fields of microbiology and immunology. I would like to be involved in cancer research and the development of novel cancer treatments that take an approach that is more immunological rather than drug based. I also am interested in the development of vaccines that replace potentially harmful additives with “greener” alternatives. After graduation I would like to move on to an institution like OHSU that carries out research and teaching while simultaneously administering treatment to patients. My ultimate career goal is to be part of a research and development team working for such agencies as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) or National Institute of Health (NIH).

Kevin Reilly

PSM Program: Applied Biotechnology

Graduation Date: 2011

Profile: After obtaining my undergraduate degree at UGA, I began work as a Researcher at the University’s Center for Molecular and Biological Engineering (CMBE). My research focused on utilizing metabolically-engineered bacteria and yeast to increase the yield and productivity of a number of important biological compounds including recombinant proteins and fuel ethanol. This research was quite rewarding as I gained valuable experience in bioengineering and fermentation technology, while also working to make improvements in such areas as drug development and green energy.  Before beginning my graduate studies at OSU, I committed to serve one year in the AmeriCorps program. Through AmeriCorps, I had the opportunity to coordinate a tutoring & mentoring program for at-risk students in Hillsboro, OR. In addition, I was able to organize and lead a number of community improvement projects in the Portland -metro area. I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to give back to my community, while also learning valuable lessons in leadership, communication, and civic service. My past educational and professional experiences have allowed me to identify two real passions in my life: passions for science and for people. I am thrilled to be a part of the PSM program here at Oregon State University and am confident that it will prepare me for entering a career where I can effectively implement my skills as both a scientist and a communicator.

Rebekka Rieder

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2008

Profile: I graduated from the PSM program in Environmental Sciences at OSU in 2008 where I focused on biogeochemistry. My internship project with Western Ag Innovations Inc. involved sustainable agriculture and food production systems in the U.S. and Canada. I studied the nutrient dynamics of inter-seeding legumes with cereal crops using ion-exchange technology, specifically Plant Root Simulator (PRS) probes, in dryland wheat-pea production systems. The internship also allowed me to study the business dynamics of two environmentally-friendly agrarian groups that promote sustainable farming practices and third-party certification. The PSM program at OSU helped me gain skills in science as well as business management, which enabled me to serve in this dynamic role. After completing my degree, I secured a position with Western Ag Innovations, Inc. as a Research and Development Coordinator. I wish to assist decision makers, not only by employing new technologies like PRS probes, but by generally expanding the use of soil quality improvement techniques to advance sustainable land management decisions.

Michael Riley

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2008

Profile: I found the combination of business/professional education along with opportunity for advanced scientific course work to be ideal for my career (I have worked both technical/operations and supervisory/management). My preferred goal is to use this program to get back to work in an Environmental career, hopefully in GIS/Cartography, and possibly even research. However, the program's interdisciplinary nature may also help me to advance into upper management at my current employer.

Kise Rosen

PSM Program: Applied Biotechnology

Graduation Date: 2013

Profile: During my undergraduate research focused on the effect of Pseudomonas fluorescens on Drosophila melanogaster larvae development as well as microbial degradation of ergot alkaloids. I applied to the PSM program in order to benefit from the diverse courses in both professional skills as well as in my interest in science. Now through the PSM program I hope to work in a biotechnology company involved in research and development in gene therapy.

Julie Ryden

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2012

Profile: My involvement in the Environmental Sciences began as an undergrad at UC Davis, where I majored in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning, with a focus in Regional Planning, and a minor in GIS.  Upon graduating, I worked as a Land Use Planner for the County of Sacramento writing policy and conducting extensive community outreach.  It was during this time I realized I would have more professional opportunities in the planning world and beyond with additional training in the Environmental Sciences.  For this reason, I have enrolled in the PSM Environmental Science program at OSU.  I seek to enhance my science and policy background with business and more focused science courses related to water resources.  Ultimately, I believe the PSM program will give me the tools necessary to face the challenges our society currently faces in planning, managing and accommodating both our natural and built resources.  At the completion of this program, I see myself being educationally and professionally prepared to seek a career in the private or governmental field that allows me to apply my interdisciplinary background to the natural, political and social challenges related to effectively planning for and managing our water supply while achieving societal needs.

Joleen Schilling

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2007

Profile: My current interests and life goals include a career that can combine my previous horticultural credentials with a career in education. While I am interested in teaching in the public school system, I am also interested in alternative education. Much of what we learn in life is learned through our experiences outside of school. The combination of business and professional classes taken to enhance my current credentials in plant science allow me to diversify and market myself to a broad range of employers. The PSM program will allow me to pursue all future career and life goals.

Matthew Schwartz

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2010

Profile: My past work experiences and commitment to the improving the environment showed me that I needed more than just a traditional Master’s degree and the PSM program at Oregon State offered the inter-disciplinary approach to education I wanted. I received my undergraduate degree in marine biology from the College of Charleston in South Carolina and following graduation entered the Peace Corps.  I served in the country of Zambia as an aquaculture extension agent for two years and extended my service for an additional year serving as provincial supervisor for volunteers.  After returning to the states I worked in various field positions collecting data for non-profit, state, and federal government projects focusing on threatened or endangered species.  In between field positions I have accrued a significant amount of time working in the bicycle retail industry as a mechanic and salesperson.  I look forward expanding my knowledge and experience in areas of both science and business while obtaining my degree.  My ultimate goal is to apply my unique experiences and skills to investigate sustainable ecological solutions that can help steer the policy that shapes the future of the environment both here and abroad.

Jon Shanks

PSM Program: Applied Physics

Graduation Date: 2007

Profile: I graduated in 2007 with an Master of Science degree in Applied Physics through the Professional Science Master's program. After graduating from Michigan State in 2005 with a B.S. in Physics I wanted to pursue a graduate program that would help me work towards a career in industry, so I came to Oregon State University for the PSM Program. I felt the combination of science and business that makes up a PSM degree would better prepare me for working in industry than a standard degree. I did my internship at Micro Systems Engineering, Inc. studying the effects of highly accelerated lifetime testing on ceramic capacitors, and I now work there as a component quality engineer.

Adam Shapiro

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: Spring 2012

Profile: Originally starting out as a pre-med major at Humboldt State in northern California, I soon became deeply interested in the social, environmental, and economic impacts of global climate change. This newfound interest prompted me to switch to an Environmental Science major with an emphasis in climate change and energy systems. Upon switching majors and taking environmental courses, I was encouraged by several of my professors to pursue a graduate degree in environmental science and decided that the PSM program at Oregon State would be an excellent fit. This past summer I worked for an environmental non-profit organization based in Denver, Colorado that emphasized the importance of being able to clearly express environmental concerns to the wider public spectrum. I hope to gain the essential business and communication skill set needed in today’s dynamic and increasingly integrated professional sector. I hope to facilitate my new professional and environmental skills in pursuing a career in water resource management. My ultimate goal is to work as a water resource consultant focusing on policy and planning adaptations with respect to climate change impacts in the western U.S.

Jeff Smith

PSM Program: Applied Biotechnology

Graduation Date: 2005

Profile: I graduated in 2005 with a Master's degree in Genetics through the Professional Science Master's Program in Applied Biotechnology. In the summer of 2005 I did my internship at Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, where I worked on creating and modifying antibodies through manipulation of DNA sequences. As a result of the internship experience, I decided that I did not want to be a research scientist and was more interested in the business aspects of scientific companies. The Applied Biotechnology program prepared me for a transition into the business side of biotechnology and helped me get accepted to the Rady School at UC San Diego, where I earned an MBA in 2007. Exposure to communication, ethics, business, and science classes through the PSM program was a valuable experience that gave me flexibility in establishing my future career path. I am currently working full time at Nicholas Investment Partners in Rancho Santa Fe (San Diego) as their life sciences investment analyst.

Jedediah Smith

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2013

Previous Education: B.S. in Physics, University of Washington

Anita Cate Smyth

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2004

Profile: I earned my Professional Science Master's degree in Environmental Sciences in 2004. I wanted to integrate my knowledge in consulting with new information and skills from departments ranging from business to forestry. My internship project involved assisting a communications service provider through land use processes associated with facility expansion, which was an extension of my earlier work in natural resources permitting and mitigation. Coursework on the role of science in policy decisions and communication, as well as having opportunities to discuss project issues with professors resulted in a noticeable improvement in my ability to execute and accurately communicate scientific and legal concepts to clients, the public, and review agencies.After working for nine years at a multidisciplinary civil engineering firm, I recently started a natural resources consulting business, Westbrook Science & Design, LLC. My work focuses on wetland delineations and buffer analyses, impact assessments, site planning, and permitting and mitigation for unavoidable impacts. If you would like to contact me, please visit the website: www.westbrookscience.com

Diedra Spencer

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2010

Profile: During my undergraduate experience I focused my education on aquatic systems. During my time at Southern I participated in various research projects through the university and the U.S. Forest Service including nutrient enrichment of streams, zooplankton surveys, and removal of tui chub, an invasive fish species, from a local lake.  I feel that the Professional Science Masters (PSM) degree at Oregon State University will unquestionably help to further my career goals. The PSM program will blend science and business through course work including restoration and stream ecology, accounting and finance, and global information systems. The Professional Science Degree is the perfect degree to blend science and business and prepare me for a career in environmental consulting with a focus on aquatic systems.

Adam Stebbins

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2008

Profile: I have worked full-time as the Water Projects Coordinator for Benton County since 2007. Prior to completing the PSM program at OSU, I worked on a range of biological consulting projects in California, Oregon, and Washington. The PSM program provided me with the ability to hone my skills and focus on water resources science, policy, and management prior to re-entering the work force. I currently work on interdepartmental efforts to assess both groundwater and surface water resources through the leveraging of grant funding from state and federal sources. I manage water quality (stormwater and TMDL) programs and wetland permitting at the county, and I have helped develop and inform the stream, wetland, and groundwater studies and policy in Benton County. I often present water and environmental planning, policy, and science to local and regional governments, non-profits, businesses, and community residents. Please contact me if you are interested in possible internships, project partnerships, or just to chat (adam.stebbins@co.benton.or.us; 541-766-6085).

Anthony Summers

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2009

Profile: I chose the PSM program in order to strengthen my science background and also to increase my understanding of environmental policy and the operations of NGOs. I enjoyed the flexibility that the program afforded which really allowed me to make the degree my own. I interned with the Siuslaw National Forest managing an invasive plant restoration project in the Salmon River estuary. I have secured employment managing invasive plants with the Catalina Island Conservancy in Southern California.

Akihide Takagi

PSM Program: Applied Biotechnology

Graduation Date: 2005

Profile: I graduated in 2005 with a Master of Science degree in Molecular & Cellular Biology through the Professional Science Master's Program in Applied Biotechnology. I did my internship with Biomoles, Inc. in Seattle, WA, where I experienced various activities and learned how to collaborate science and business disciplines to be successful in the dynamic biotechnology industry. The opportunity to learn different disciplines (science and technologies, business, communication, and ethics) through this program was most useful to me.   I will be working for Otsuka Pharmaceuticals in Japan as a Medical Representative. Medical Representatives work to exchange information on drugs bewteen physicians and the pharmaceutical company to develop more effective and safer drugs and protocols. This work requires knowledge of not only science, but also product development, marketing, regulations, etc. and the PSM program has trained me to be competitive in such important tasks.

Lisa Eccles Taylor

PSM Program: Applied Physics

Graduation Date: 2006

Profile: I came to Oregon State University after receiving my B.S. in physics from Linfield College. I started in the Ph.D. program in the physics department at OSU. After completing the first year of coursework, I felt that a Master's degree would better serve my immediate goals. The following year, I completed the additional coursework to receive a PSM in Applied Physics. The business, communications, and ethics courses provided me with a broader set of skills to pursue a career in a high tech industry. For my internship, I spent the summer of 2006 working at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. I worked in the Low Temperature Physics Group studying the attenuation of light through fiber optic cables at various temperatures. In September 2006, I began working at a microchip manufacturer, WaferTech, in Camas, Washington. After two years, I decided to return to research and went to work in the Human Spatial Orientation Lab at Oregon Health & Science University. I work in the Department of Biomedical Engineering for Dr. Peterka who studies balance disorders associated with vestibular (inner ear) dysfunction. My duties include assisting with grant writing, coding in LabVIEW and MATLAB in order to create and analyze experiments, recruiting subjects and running experiments, troubleshooting lab equipment issues, and writing up results for publication. Additionally, I also work as an adjunct professor for Oregon Institute of Techology (OIT). I currently teach Introductory Physics with Calculus. The coursework that I most utilize today include physics theory courses and electronics courses. Business ethics was also a very important class not only for my current career but also for my internship experience where I was given a great deal of freedom designing my experiment. I think it is important as a PSM student to look at your future goals and ensure that you have the skills necessary to start work on day one - this may require looking outside of your degree requirements and taking classes in other departments.

Rebecca Tippner-Hedges

PSM Program: Applied Biotechnology

Graduation Date: 2005

Profile: I decided to pursue a Master's degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology through the Professional Science Master's Program in Applied Biotechnology after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Knowledge of advanced lab techniques was my ultimate goal when I chose this program. In order to fulfill my internship requirement, I participated in an internship with the Virus Certification Program of the Oregon Department of Agriculture. My internship project was to design a hybridization assay to be used by the department for the detection of Prune Dwarf Virus and Prunus Necrotic Ringspot Virus. Following my internship, I was offered a position with the state, which I accepted. Since then I have worked for the University of Oregon Monoclonal Antibody Facility, a small biotechnology start-up, a mid-sized biotech company, and now have a position studying embryonic stem cells at the Oregon National Primate Research Center at OHSU. Having a Professional Master's degree has given me an edge in an increasingly competitive job market, allowing me to have flexibility in the types of scientific jobs I can compete for.

Srilakshmi Vemulapalli

PSM Program: Applied Biotechnology

Graduation Date: 2007

Profile: I graduated in 2007 with a M.S. in Molecular & Cellular Biology through the Professional Masters' program in Applied Biotechnology. I had a great experience learning various molecular techniques and also gained good knowledge of business aspects of the industry. My internship was at SIGA Technologies, Corvallis where I worked as a Research Scientist. This experience helped to strengthen my technical skills further with industrial exposure. My internship project focused on the expression and purification of glycoprotein 2 in Arenavirus using various protein purification techniques. At present I am looking for a research position in biotech/pharma industry.

Catherine Vrentas

PSM Program: Graduate Certificate

Graduation Date: 2014

Profile: Ever since I participated in the National Science Olympiad program in high school, finding insects in streams and testing foods for sugars and fats, I have had a passion for the natural world. For over ten years I have been engaged in molecular biology research, including my Ph.D. thesis research, which investigated the way in which microbes adapt to changes in their environment at the molecular level. I also have a passion for community outreach and engagement, including experience as the Biotechnology Outreach specialist for the University of Wisconsin-Extension 4-H and Family Living programs, through which I developed a national biofuels education curriculum and implemented wind energy education activities statewide. I am fortunate in my current position, as a postdoctoral research molecular biologist with the United States Department of Agriculture in Ames, IA, to be engaged in both leading research projects and connecting with stakeholder and community interests. At the USDA’s National Animal Disease Center, I study the development and transmission of prion diseases in livestock, including BSE or “mad cow” disease, chronic wasting disease, and sheep scrapie. In the future, my goal is to lead my own research laboratory, and I am participating in the certificate program in order to build my knowledge base in business and financial management for this purpose, as well as to build skills that will allow me to manage people, projects, and materials efficiently, ethically, and in a culturally-responsive manner. I also hope to play an active role in mentoring younger scientists and in developing innovations that can be applied to meet the needs of diverse stakeholders in agriculture and natural resource topics.

Joe Wang

PSM Program: Applied Biotechnology

Graduation Date: 2013

Profile: During my undergraduate studies I pursued a masters in biology with the intention to hone and apply my skills and knowledge in medical diagnostics since I enjoy detective/analysis type of work. I have worked in various labs pursuing questions such as the effects of estrogen and aerobic excess in the hippocampus to investigating mosquito resistance factors in west nile and malaria. I am in the PSM in Applied Biotechnology program to develop skills that will help me succeed in the more business orientated world of the medical sciences. I am interested in cancer and disease development pathways and am interested in an internship relating to disease diagnostics and prevention on the cell/molecular level.

Kelley Wanzeck

PSM Program: Applied Biotechnology

Graduation Date: 2012

Profile: I completed a Professional Science Master’s degree in Applied Biotechnology fall term 2011. I am grateful for the education the PSM program provided me, specifically, exposure to a variety of business arenas through completion of the professional coursework. My internship experience with Intuitive Genomics, Inc., a bioinformatics services start-up, exposed me to a dynamic entrepreneurial environment and increased my knowledge of the genomics and bioinformatics fields. I recently moved to Denver, Colorado where I have secured a position with Sharklet Technologies, a start-up bioscience company actively developing an antimicrobial surface technology for use in a number of diverse applications and industries. I am currently serving as the company's Business Development Associate and will be provided with a unique opportunity to involve myself with both projects in the laboratory (product development and microbiology) as well as projects focused on the company's business development. I am thrilled to have identified a position that allows me to utilize the full extent of my PSM degree.

Brett Watson

PSM Program: Graduate Certificate

Graduation Date: 2011

Profile: Originally from Pennsylvania, I received my B.A. degree from the Pennsylvania State University in 2008.  As an undergraduate, I focused on government and the effects that international decision-making has on the environment.  I was drawn to OSU's Professional Science Master's Program because of it's real-life approach to the needs of the modern day job market, combining the rigours of a MS with business, communication, and financial competence.  The position that I hope to procure after graduation is yet unnamed, but I hope to spend the next two years, as well as my internship experience, narrowing down my professional likes and dislikes.  I look forward to the experiences that I will undoubtedly have at OSU, and I'm excited to branch out into new subjects that I have only limited past experience with.

Stacey Weller

PSM Program: Applied Systematics in Botany

Graduation Date: 2006

Profile: I started my career on a farm and in a greenhouse, but this year marks over 10 years of work in the field, mostly in biological field studies and vegetation monitoring and inventory. While a PSM student at OSU, I interned through the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Conservation and Land Management Mentoring Program and worked with the Bureau of Land Management in southern New Mexico to initiate the Seeds of Success program for the state. After graduating in December 2006, I started my ambitious career as a botanist – I volunteered. While waiting to receive a post as a Peace Corps volunteer I went to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and helped conduct rare and invasive plant surveys. Now as a Peace Corps volunteer serving in the Mexico program, I’m working for the Tehuacán-Cuicatlcán Biosphere Reserve in the states of Puebla and Oaxaca. Current work includes GIS projects, ethnobotanical research, field collections, and writing plant field guides for this extremely cool piece of the globe.

Amber Wierck

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2006

Profile: I have always been interested in plants and ecology throughout my career. The PSM program provided core courses to help me achieve more of a multidisciplinary approach, but also the ability for me to focus on elective courses to provide the background for the field of wetland science and restoration. My internship, which later turned into an employment opportunity, was at a private environmental consultant firm, Pacific Habitat Services(PHS). PHS is where I gained experience in wetland delineation and project management. I also helped conduct a local wetland inventory for Cascade Locks, Oregon. Currently, I work at Clean Water Services a water resource management utility committed to protecting water resources in the Tualatin River Watershed. Getting my hands dirty (literally) in this field has proven to me that cooperative opportunities with other professionals, monitoring and adaptive management, and having realistic goal s can result in exceptional mitigation and restoration projects. Some of my current interests are invasive plant management, enhancing riparian corridors, endangered plant mitigation, and river restoration.

Taylor Williams

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Profile:

After getting my B.S. in Environmental Science from Oregon State University I completed an internship as a Vegetation Research Assistant at the Great Sand Dunes National Monument in Colorado where I was part of an ongoing study looking at the effects bison and elk grazing had on local flora. I then worked for the US Forest Service as a Recreation Technician and Protection Officer where I did a variety of field work including trail maintenance, sign inventories, project leadership for YCC (Youth Conservation Corps), and working on desert restoration projects. My continued passion for conservation and environmental education brought me back to the idea of obtaining my Master’s but I always knew a program focused on research wasn’t for me. The PSM program, with a concentration in natural resources, will give me the valuable business skills and enhance my knowledge of environmental science and natural resources. After completing the PSM program I hope to have a career where I can combine natural resource management with conservation and environmental education.

Ben Wishnek

PSM Program: Graduate Certificate

Graduation Date: June 2014

Rebecca Wolf

PSM Program: Environmental Sciences

Graduation Date: 2014