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    Meet 4 Successful Alumni from the University of Wyoming

    November 01, 2016
    The University of Wyoming has seen thousands of students come through its halls and classrooms—many of whom go on to enormous success in their careers and continue the passions that they hold dear. While the paths may differ, the one thing that remains the same is the equal opportunity that was provided at UW. Here are four alumni who have gone out into the workforce and made a positive impact on the industries they work in.

     

     


    Jordan Hayes

    hayesjo.jpgHayes currently works at Dickinson College as an associate professor of earth sciences, but prior to that she was a humble Ph.D. student at UW. Her love for the geological sciences began as a child and never stopped when she entered college. Originally setting out to become a meteorologist, her passion for the earth persisted and led her to the Wyoming Center for Environmental Hydrology and Geophysics (WyCEHG), where she created geophysical images of environments beneath the surface in search of water resources as part of her Ph.D. research. Her investigations eventually led her to use the Yellowstone supercomputer in Cheyenne, Wyo., to interpret and model her results. While geology is her primary focus, during her time in the Ph.D. program she learned how to integrate different specialties from fellow researchers she worked with. This provided her valuable creative skills to work within such diverse environments.

    Read more about Hayes’ recent achievements here.

     

     


    James St. Clair

    st.clair.jpgDuring a summer internship at Lowham Walsh, St. Clair helped the company learn how to use geophysics equipment to better its consulting work with abandoned coal mines. If not investigated fully, these coal mines could pose a significant health risk to the people living in the surrounding areas. St. Clair secured this opportunity thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation that allowed WyCEHG to acquire state-of-the-art field-study equipment and gave students the chance to gain hands-on experience with this equipment. Using his acquired knowledge, St. Clair was able to map the geological landscape of the mines to detect any voids or open spaces, and planned out how to reclaim them. As of 2009, he is continuing his work as a post-doc at the Idaho National Laboratory.

    You can read more about St. Clair’s work with Lowham Walsh here.

     


    Erin Hennings

    erin-hennings-web-150x150.jpgHennings came to UW as a third-generation alumni. Her potential for success was high, as both of her parents graduated from UW, and her grandfather received his master’s degree here as well. Fortunately, academic success came naturally, and Hennings went through her undergraduate on the swimming and diving team, being a member of Tau Beta Pi and Sigma Delta Pi. She also had the opportunity to study abroad in Quito, Ecuador. Today, Hennings is a nuclear engineer working for the U.S. Navy in Bremerton, Wash., handling various duties at nuclear submarine and watercraft repair facilities. While mechanical engineering was a key part of her education, she also earned a degree in Spanish. Both fields provided a balanced education with engineering giving the ability to conceptualize various components to a project. Studying Spanish provided valuable writing skills she still utilizes today. Because of her experience, Hennings encourages students aspiring to be in her field to pursue a broad education and maintain an open mind.

    Read more about Hennings' career and experiences at UW here.

     


    Andrew Joannides

    joannides.jpgGraduating with a degree in communication in 2011, Joannides went on to work at UNLV, University of Tennessee at Martin and Arizona State. Today, he works at Northern Illinois Universityas the Assistant Athletic Director for Development overseeing the Huskie Athletic Fund. Joannides was raised on UW pride and naturally fell in love with the campus and all that it holds. When it came time to choose a college, attending this institution was a no-brainer. During his time on campus, he was an avid participant in intramural sports including flag football and basketball. He also learned that some of the most valuable lessons aren’t found in the classroom. In his senior year, he snagged an internship with the Cowboy Joe Club, which gave him skills that he utilizes in his current position. Joannides learned to better focus on his assigned task, which naturally improved his academic performance during his senior year. While his writing and communication skills were picked up in his studies, the application and practice of these skills were picked up on the outside. Because of his experience at UW, Joannids is still a proud supporter of Poke Pride and believes the passion found here is second to none.


     

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