Meet an Environmental Engineering Student

Ian Newhall ’13

Extra-curricular activities: 

  • New York Water Environment Association, Inc.
  • Intern at Hazen & Sawyer
  • Student Government
  • Resident Assistant
  • ACSE (American Society of Civil Engineers)

Why did you choose this program? 

Environmental engineering is a career that will always be in demand and has jobs growing all over the country. It also gives me a chance to work on massive, one-of-a-kind projects that restore contaminated environments and provide clean water and other infrastructural necessities for people.

What has been your favorite class? 

My favorite class has been Air Quality Analysis (ENVG 702). This class gave me useful programming experience and taught me about the mechanics of air pollution — valuable knowledge that will help in future projects.

Have you done any internships or research projects?

I have had the opportunity to do both! Every year the environmental engineering faculty are awarded grants to perform research projects that not only uncover scientific developments, but also provide great learning experiences for both graduate and undergraduate students. I've had the opportunity to work closely with faculty on one of these research projects. 

Manhattan College environmental engineers have a tremendous reputation in the area, and every industry-leading company is saturated with Manhattan College engineers who know the value of the students from the program. This instant networking provides access to internship opportunities with every major company in the metropolitan area.

What are your plans after graduation?

I hope to take my engineering knowledge into a project management role and help develop the massive, one-of-a-kind projects that are built in New York City.

What are the faculty like?

Every faculty member has given unparalleled insight into their field of specialty. With small class sizes, I have gotten to know professors like Dr. Carbonaro, Dr. Farley and Dr. Sharp very well. With various fields of specialty, these professors give students elite technical knowledge and insight into what a career in their field is like.

The faculty of the Environmental Engineering department do more than teach you in the classroom  they also take an active interest in developing your career. When combined with the vast alumni network, there are great job opportunities for graduates of the program.

What’s your favorite thing about this program?

My favorite thing has been the opportunity to participate in a major research project.

What’s the most difficult thing about this program?

It has been challenging to be a full-time graduate student and work in the industry at the same time, but it has given me the rare opportunity to combine new academic knowledge with real world experience.

What advice would you give to new students trying to select a program?

I would advise students to choose a field where they can see themselves working in 20 years — meaning they have to enjoy the job and there needs to be opportunities in that field. Manhattan College’s close-knit community means professors are very accessible, and it is easy to hear everything you need to know about a major before you have to commit.