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Alumna Profile: Katie Resnick

by Libby Mahaffy

WSSS Alumna Katie Resnick

Katie Resnick graduated from Tufts Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP) in May 2009. She earned a WSSS certificate with studies focusing on water resource management and climate change. Currently employed at Horsley Witten Group, she was interviewed about her experiences at Tufts University by Libby Mahaffy in March 2010.

Libby Mahaffy is a graduate student in the UEP program and an intern at the Tufts Institute of the Environment.

Learn more about Katie here.

Libby Mahaffy: Why did you join WSSS?
Katie Resnick: I came in knowing I would do the WSSS program because I had read about it online. My undergrad was in marine biology and Iíve always had an interest in water resources.

LM: What was your favorite part of the WSSS program?
KR: Definitely the practicum. The trip to the Bahamas was nice! [laughs] But just working with that group of students in that context was when I really felt like a part of the program. That is one of the best attributes of the program Ė to meet students from other disciplines and work with them to solve complex water-related problems.

LM: What was the most challenging part of WSSS?
KR: One difficulty I found as a UEP student was finding classes and fitting them in to meet all of the core areas. It didnít really inhibit me from taking the classes I wanted, but I remember being a little stressed out before the last semester because I didnít think I was going to be able to find a class that would work.

LM: Whatís something about WSSS you never expected?
KR: During the seminars I was really impressed by the caliber and type of research that was being done by the students. WSSS brought all of the different disciplines together; it was really great to be able to meet and work with some of the people in the nutrition school and in engineering and to see their research Ė itís very different from what weíre doing at UEP.

LM: How are you using what you learned in WSSS in your current work/profession?
KR: I am using some of the technical skills that we learned in the practicum, like stormwater management, surveying and interviewing. Learning an academic approach to the interview process was beneficial -- on the job you donít get that kind of foundation because you donít have time while youíre working on a project.

The water management course in UEP -- Scott Horsleyís class -- was one of the classes I took as part of the requirements and I use what I learned in my job now. We have an engineering division here, so collaboration with people in other fields is important and I gained experience with that in WSSS.

LM: Whatís one piece of advice for an incoming WSSS student?
KR: Go out of your way to introduce yourself to people in the other schools, use that opportunity to meet people and network with them.

LM: If WSSS was a Jelly Belly, what flavor would it be?
KR: Iím picturing a blue one because of water Ė how about blueberry?

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