Chris was hired in late 2005 by an environmental consulting firm, SLR International Corp., at the office in West Linn, Oregon (just outside of Portland). There are only 7 employees, which means he really gets to be involved in many aspects of the business, as well as witness it grow. Chris gets the chance to do some field work, as well as work with issues around air quality with the Department of Environmental Quality. He is currently brushing up on CAA/CWA/CERCLA knowledge, and is excited for the chance to see the interactions between industry, government, and the environment (and all additional interest groups) first hand, “which I think you did a fine job preparing me for”, says Chris.
Here is a quote from a recent email (10/11/04) to the ENVR Program Director:
"I have some exciting news! I was just informed this evening that I have a job in the environmental field. I was hired by Liesch Associates Inc. an environmental consulting and engineering firm. I start Monday and my official title is "Environmental Specialist". I will start working in the air quality department with a chance to branch out into other fields. So, after 5 long months of searching I have found a full time job. According to my interviewers I was academically well rounded in the environmental field (thanks to you and the department). I really miss St. Thomas, but I may be seen around campus because one of the company's clients is UST. So if I get to work on the UST project I will stop by and chat."
Eric has been admitted to the University of Minnesota MS program in Environmental Health with a focus in Environmental Health Policy, starting in 2006.