Alumna Brenda Chew

We are excited to welcome Brenda Chew back to campus next week and thought it was a wonderful opportunity to catch up on what she has been doing since she graduated in 2012 with a double major in ENVS & ECON. She was awarded the Bobby Jones Scholarship, and ultimately received an MSc in Sustainable Development while studying at St. Andrews in 2013. 
 
1. What are some highlights of your time in Scotland?
I spent one year in Scotland and it was such an incredible and fulfilling year. My Sustainable Development cohort consisted of 30 graduate students from 16 different countries - the program and the international perspective really strengthened my understanding of sustainable development and helped solidify my current career aspirations. 

I loved the people I met and engaging in the university's traditions. I played on St. Andrews' Ultimate Frisbee team, ran into the freezing north sea on St. Andrews' "May Dip," went hiking in the Scottish Highlands, and explored Edinburgh with my fellow Bobby Jones Scholars. 

2. What are you doing now? 
After finishing my masters degree at St. Andrews, I took a job in DC at ICF International within the Energy, Environment, and Transportation sector. More specifically, I work with the Energy Advisory and Solutions group where I consult on clean energy projects as well as support business development activities. 

3. How do you think Emory prepared you for your time in Scotland and/or your current job?
When I first started at Emory, I had no idea what I was interested in or what I wanted to do after college. I spent a good year and a half (almost two) twiddling my thumbs with an undeclared major. It was the ENVS faculty that drew me in with Waffle Thursdays and first sparked my interest in environmental studies. I feel very lucky to have found such an approachable and supportive department - their encouragement and support definitely built up my confidence and excitement in the field. 

My current job requires a wide range of skills. Having a solid foundation of environmental science, economics, and policy has been essential for my ability to keep up with the fast-paced environment in my work place. Having a strong familiarity with environmental policies, understanding how changes in the energy sector affect the economy, and also knowing the science behind the technology we promote has been invaluable and allows me to wear multiple hats at the company. 

4. What is your favorite Emory memory?
I loved playing Ultimate with my teammates! What will always be the most memorable though are and will always be the people I met and the friendships I formed.