September 26, 2016
For Thomas Kitt '17, learning about the environment has always held a deep fascination—one that he is turning into a career.
The earth & environmental science major got to live out his dream with a summer internship with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental protection.
He worked at the Bureau of Energy and Technology Policy in the Office of Demand, where he was able to put his economics minor to good use by working on energy account correlations for state departments.
Kitt also researched possible wetland impact created by solar projects and created maps of a possible solar panel array on state land. His research will help find out the effects solar projects have on the environment and how to ensure no damage is done.
He credits Ahmed Lachhab, associate professor of earth & environmental sciences, with getting him started on an environmental science career path after enrolling at Susquehanna with an undeclared major.
"After a gentle push by taking Dr. Lachhab's Environmental Hazards class, I came to realize my love for knowledge pertaining to the environmental sector," he says.
"On the last week of classes my first year, Dr. Lachhab walked me to the head of the department and helped me though the process of declaring my major."