Dear A&WMA Professionals, we hope you accept the fact that we want to sacrifice a whole Wednesday at ACE doing all of the things YPs do best. And you're crazy if you think we aren’t going to kick it off with our annual professional networking breakfast telling you, our new mentors, all about who we think we are. You see us as you want to see young professionals - in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But at our breakfast, what you will find out is that each one of us is an academic...and a consultant...and a regulator...in industry...and a scientist...Does that answer your question?
Sincerely yours, The YP Breakfast Club. *Queue “Don’t You Forget About Me”*
As the risk of climate change increases, there is growing pressure from stakeholders and regulators for industry and municipalities to assess their exposure to climate hazards and implement adaptation measures to minimize their risk. However, climate risk assessment and adaptation planning are difficult and often require specialized expertise, and collaborative effort. This panel session will introduce practical methods for climate risk assessment and provide real-world examples of adaptation planning in the public and private sectors. It will try to answer the question on how we can balance the interests of regulators, industry and the public, while passing effective climate management policies.The panelists will include a climate risk specialist and representatives from industry and government.
Environmental Challenge international (ECi) Competition Student teams participate in a competition where they devise an environmental solution to a real-world problem and gain experience with proposing effective solutions taking into consideration site conditions, multiple parties' needs, and external events.
This year's problem involves the intersection of climate change and organic waste management in California.
Student Keynote Presentation — "Working in Air Quality Science in Consulting and Government: The First Five Years" Livestream on Wednesday, July 1, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm ET
Presented by Annie Seagram, Air Quality Engineer
Ms. Seagram is a key part of the Assessment, Inventory and Modeling Division at BAAQMD, which focuses on compiling and evaluating emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases, conducting modeling-based studies to estimate air pollution exposures and impacts, and supporting the development of prioritized mitigation measures. She recently undertook a large modeling effort in support of BAAQMD’s first project under California Assembly Bill 617, a collaborative initiative where local air districts work with communities most impacted by air pollution to develop and employ proven and innovative strategies to improve community health by reducing exposure to air pollutants. Ms. Seagram holds an M.S. in Atmospheric Science from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver).
Career Panel Livestream on Wednesday, July 1, 10:30 am - 11:30 am ET
Students and young professionals are invited to listen to a panel of distinguished professionals from different parts of the environmental field, who will provide invaluable insight into the highlights of their careers. Presented by:
Melissa Ezzell-Maddyhas worked for Lockheed Martin for two and a half years as an Environmental Engineer, specializing in Air Quality. She matriculated from the University of Maryland with a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Regis University. Prior to (and during) that, Melissa worked as a security guard for Allied, worked with disabled adults as a State of Colorado Human Services Licensed Psychological Technician, as a manager at GameStop, and as an Intelligence Analyst in the United States Army. She was stationed in South Korea, Ft. Campbell, and Ft. Huachuca.
Kraig Kurucz is a Senior Staff Environmental Safety and Health Engineer at Lockheed Martin Space in Sunnyvale, California and serves as a Director of the Bay Area Clean Air Foundation. He holds Master of Science degrees in Environmental Engineering and Civil Engineering from the University of Southern California and a BS in Chemical Engineering from California State University, Long Beach. Prior to returning to Lockheed Martin, Kraig managed Environmental Safety and Health for Intel Corporation at Technology Development and Manufacturing centers in California and Washington and Environmental Compliance for the Americas region. He managed Air Quality and Water Quality programs for McDonnell Douglas and Lockheed. Prior to that he was with Parsons Engineering and Energy and Environmental Research. He also served 15 years on the Advisory Council to BAAQMD.
Anthony Luong graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering. His first job after graduating was with the Santa Barbara Air Pollution Control District as an Air Quality Engineer and moved to Republic Services Newby Island Landfill as an Environmental Specialist. Anthony is currently at Lockheed Martin Space in Sunnyvale as an Environmental Safety and Health Engineer. He manages the air quality, confined space, machine guarding, and radiation safety program, and provides support to Lockheed Martin’s FBM and THAAD program.