Environmental Earth Science Alumni Testimonials
Frederick Johnson ’78
Fred graduated from Eastern in 1978 with a degree in Environmental Earth Sciences. Upon graduation he worked in the field of environmental health while pursuing a graduate degree in environmental engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Fred is the Senior Vice President, Principal and Eastern Regional Manager for GEI consultants, Inc. GEI is a 700-plus person, national environmental, geotechnical, structural and water resource engineering consulting company. The firm provides complex earth engineering solutions to clients across the United States and internationally. Prior to his work for GEI consultants, Fred served as Director of Environmental Programs for United Technologies Corporation as well as for Pratt and Whitney. He has over 35 years’ experience with all types of business and legal matters where complex environmental issues are involved. He is actively involved with several non-profit organizations including the National Academy Foundation’s Academy of Engineering and Green Technology at Harford Public High School, and the Connecticut Envirothon. Both organizations promote technical learning and career development for young adults across varied social and economic backgrounds.
“I found myself at Eastern after having to transfer out of an expensive private college due to financial reasons, said Fred.” “I found Eastern to be every bit as challenging and rewarding. I felt I was well prepared to move on to graduate school and later life.” Fred’s wife Cynthia also graduated from Eastern in 1978.
Russell “Tim” White ’81
Tim has been at Yale University’s Peabody Museum of Natural History since 1983. For his first twenty years Tim was influential in the growth of the Peabody’s collection of invertebrate fossils and was a leader in the development of the Class of 1954 Environmental Science Center, a 100,000 square foot facility devoted to interdisciplinary research and education. Tim has gained national attention for his leadership in the natural history museum community and served as president of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections from 2006 to 2008. He has also contributed to the museum field through his publications and presentations on topics including paleontology, collections management, and data basing initiatives.
“Professors such as EES faculty Ray Smith, Sherm Clebnik and Henry Snider and Biology faculty Mike Gable and Barry Wulff challenged my traditional sense of learning and pushed me to look at the interactions between biology and geology and the collective impact on the environment,” said Tim. “For that I am grateful.”
Andrew Zlotnick ’85
Andy currently is a Senior Vice President and Partner of Fuss & O’Neill, a Connecticut-based consulting firm that has been in business for over 90 years. He is also a Connecticut Licensed Environmental Professional (LEP). In his position, Andy leads a team of environmental professionals that provides a broad range of consulting services including environmental site assessments, hydrogeologic investigations, and remedial planning and design. Andy believes that the Environmental Earth Science Program at Eastern Connecticut State University provided him an excellent technical foundation and has allowed him and many of his colleagues to be at the forefront of their field; he stated that “many people who went through the program are active industry leaders.”
Andy credits the faculty at Eastern Connecticut State University for the long record of success amongst graduates. He describes the faculty as “very motivating instructors who truly want you to do well and provide the students with the direction and guidance necessary to achieve their individual goals.” Andy also credits the internships offered to EES majors as a critical point in his career, claiming his showed him “what the real world was like and helped him focus on his ultimate career path.” Andy still interacts daily with his college classmates who have now turned into business associates and great friends; it was with these individuals Andy set his educational foundation and it is with these same individuals that Andy has carved out a very successful career.
Andy’s extensive community service involvement includes serving on the Fundraising Committee of the Boy Scouts Connecticut Rivers Council and the Technical Advisory Board of Norwalk Community College. He is also a committee chair with the Glastonbury Elks and active with his church, and in the past has coached soccer, basketball and baseball with Glastonbury Youth Sports.