Environment, Economy, Development, Sustainability Majors

Sophie Chang


SENR Ambassador
 Plainsboro, NJ
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, Sustainability (EEDS)
Specialization: Public Policy

Future Career Plans: Peace Corps

Favorite part of OSU/SENR: We have the best plants on campus.

Research: I conducted research as a sustainable agriculture intern in a rural valley in the Republic of Panama this past summer. I learned that sustainability has to take into account not only the environmental components of a system, but the economic and social aspects as well in order to be self-sustaining into the future. The scariest and funniest experience I had was getting chased by two charging bulls and about a hundred cattle up a muddy hill at 6:30 in the morning.

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Undergraduate Student Government Vice President
  • OSU Votes
  • Honors Research

Patrick Cullinan


SENR Ambassador
Pittsburgh, PA
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, Sustainability (EEDS)
Specialization: Sustainability and Business

Future Career Plans: I plan on working as a company’s sustainability officer in order to ensure that business practices are environmentally friendly, economically sound, and socially responsible. Eventually, I hope to start my own consulting company specializing in energy efficiency and waste reduction.

Favorite part of OSU/SENR: My favorite part of life at Ohio State is the students, staff, and alumni from all over the world that I have access to when I become part of the buckeye family.

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Member of the SUSTAINS Learning and Living Community
  • Net Impact member
  • Society of EEDS Majors (SEEDS)
  • Experience OSU for a Day Host
  • Boxing Club

Sarah Fischer


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 Madeira, OH (Cincinnati) 
 Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability
Specialization: International Development     Minor: Geographical Information Systems and Non-Profit Studies

Future Career Plans: Right after college, I think I would like to work in the private or public sector to help make local communities more sustainable. Eventually, though, I would like to work on implementing sustainable agriculture and other social and economic systems in developing countries.

Favorite part about SENR/OSU: How small SENR is. It’s nice seeing a lot of the same people every day. It makes OSU a lot less intimidating!

Study Abroad: Costa Rica- I learned how they developed renewable energy projects and helped reforest a watershed and a mangrove ecosystem.

Research: In Autumn 2015, I assisted my professor, Dr. Jeremy Brooks, with a social science research project aimed at determining how Columbus residents’ environmental behaviors affected their overall well-being.

Internships: Ohio Environmental Council: At the OEC, I helped the Director of Development with various outreach and fundraising projects.                                                                         Clean Fuels Ohio: As the Electric Vehicle and Communications Assistant, I help promote electric vehicles in the community and market the work that Clean Fuels Ohio is doing in the alternative fuels field.

Other Campus Involvements:  

  • VP of Events for Net Impact
  • Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity
  • Administrative Assistant in the Office of the Chief Information Officer
  • Electric Vehicle and Communications Assistant at Clean Fuels Ohio    

Matt Griffin


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Hometown: Pickerington, OH
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specialization: Sustainability and Business

Future Career Plans: I hope to work with businesses to address ways that they can reduce energy and resource consumption. I also want to work in developing countries to encourage sustainable development through the use of business initiatives.

Favorite part about SENR/OSU: I really love getting the chance to speak with today’s leaders in sustainability. OSU does an amazing job of providing once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to speak with the people who are truly changing the world.

Internships: I interned with the City of Worthington to help them create sustainability goals for their community. I surveyed residents and helped analysis the data to find trends. It was really awesome to be on the ground and to hear what residents are passionate about when it comes to sustainability.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • SUSTAINS Learning and Living Community
  • Project Nicaragua
  • Net Impact
  • Student Office Assistant in the AEDE Offices

Jake Humphrey


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Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specialization: Sustainability and Business

Future Career Plans: I’d like to work as a development director in the nonprofit sector with an organization that has a presence in a developing country.

Favorite part about SENR/OSU: My favorite part of OSU is the number of resources that students have at their fingertips. We are one of the largest, most research funded universities in the nation. Anyone can do anything at OSU.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Morrill Tower Activities Board (Treasurer)
  • ENR Scholars Program
  • Net Impact
  • STEP

Nathan Jacoby


SENR Ambassador
Hometown: Lakewood, OH
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specialization: Sustainability and Business

Future Career Plans: Environmental Compliance/Consultant

Favorite part about SENR/OSU: I feel like I can connect and get along with my fellow students and professors because we all share some common beliefs and feel passionate about what we are doing and are eager to make impacts in our futures.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Net Impact member

Rachel McDevitt


SENR Ambassador
Hometown: North Canton, OH
Major: Environment, Economy, Development, and Sustainability (EEDS)
Specialization: Sustainability and Business

Future Career Plans: I am still exploring exactly what I’d like to do in my field. I have a passion for wellness as well as sustainability and the two go hand in hand. I am more interested in facilitating and interpreting information than designing it, so I would most likely work with big picture project management issues. 

Favorite part about SENR/OSU: The school of environment is well known for it’s community, and that is what has stood out to me the most. Just being around or involved with the students and faculty makes me feel more informed, comfortable, and welcomed than I expected from a larger university.

Internship: I interned with Columbus MetroParks as a nature center attendant. I got to handle a lot of administrative duties with running the center, such as attendance, marketing ventures, and educating the public. I also planned an event for the park, was featured on their facebook page, and got to participate in some research.

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Leadership Council Academic Chair for Environment and Natural Resource Scholars
  • Wellness Coach through OSU’s Wellness Program
  • President of SENR Ambassadors
  • Member for a conference project group from AASHE
  • Student Visits Coordinator for SENR OSU

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