WSSS Alumna: Katie Resnick
Degree and Year of Graduation
M.A., Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, 2009
Primary Research Topic
Post-Graduation Employer and Position
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?