BS Geological Engineering, Michigan Tech, 2003
MS, Hydrogeology, Clemson University, 2006
Current Position: Hydrogeologist/Engineer, TRC
“Through my courses at Michigan Tech, I learned ‘how to learn,” says VanAntwerp. “It is one thing to memorize theories and equations, but my coursework taught me to assess a problem and gather the necessary information to formulate a solution. In particular, the summer Field Geology and Field Geophysics summer courses were intense (long days, black flies) but the hands-on experience was invaluable.”
At Clemson, VanAntwerp studied numerical simulation of mass transfer during air sparging. “The goal of the research was to develop predictive models to aid in evaluation of potential remediation technologies at a contaminated site.”
Now that she has graduated, VanAntwerp works as a hydrogeologist/engineer at TRC, an environmental consulting firm in Ann Arbor, MI. “I primarily work on developing soil and groundwater investigations to assess potential contamination at industrial sites, and then evaluate the data gathered to determine the best approach for clean up.”
Time spent in the GMES department at Michigan Tech change shaped her life. “Without the opportunity to be involved in research projects as an undergraduate through the GMES department, I am pretty sure I never would have dreamed of pursuing an MS degree and wouldn’t be where I am today. I also felt very well prepared for entering the workforce. The friends, colleagues, and professors I met at Michigan Tech both in and out of the department enriched my life and still do!”
Her advice for a student thinking of a career in the geosciences? If you like math, science, and the outdoors, you should check out Michigan Tech’s geological engineering program. I felt the staff and faculty I encountered genuinely wanted me to succeed.