​Careers for PhDs in Environmental Policy, Education & Outreach

Monday, November 7, 2022, 5:30 – 6:30 PM CST

Join us on Monday, November 7 to discuss career opportunities in environmental policy, education, and outreach with PhDs who hold leadership roles in programs dedicated to environmental protection and advocacy. How did they find the jobs that they now hold? Do they employ their disciplinary background in their day-to-day work? How do they contribute to local and national initiatives? What do they find most fulfilling about the work that they do? We’ll ask these questions and more during our panel discussion about careers in environmental policy, education & outreach.

Megan Arnett, PhD

Executive Director, Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry

Megan Arnett (she/her) is the Executive Director of the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry, housed in the College of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. In this role Megan oversees program activities, including collaborating with partners, inciting research and developing courses for students, all in the pursuit of identifying and pursuing chemicals that are safe for human health and the environment. Prior to this role Megan worked in several positions, all with a focus on promoting dialogue between the scientific community and community advocates, policy makers, and educators. She received her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Southern California in 2016, where she studied the mechanisms of synaptic plasticity in sensory systems. Megan is passionate about the need for scientists to take part in public dialogue about the issues of the day, and loves watching her students find their voice and chase what drives them. Her energy for her work is rooted in the joys and challenges of raising 2 small children with her husband in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Emily Padston, PhD

Executive Director, UChicago Data Science for Energy and Environmental Research

Emily is the Executive Director for UChicago’s Data Science for Energy and Environmental Research program, which focuses on providing computational and statistical training to graduate students. Before coming to Chicago, she got her Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard University, where she did very fundamental materials science research modeling the behavior of atomic systems. Having struggled to learn many of these technical skills on her own, Emily is passionate about improving the graduate education experience for students doing environmental research.

Po-Chieh Ting, PhD

Environmental Scientist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 9

Dr. Po-Chieh Ting received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Chicago in 2021 prior to his current position at the EPA. His work at the EPA Region 9 focuses on implementing federal pre-construction and operating permitting programs within the Pacific Southwest region under the Clean Air Act (CAA). In his role, he writes technical reviews in support of EPA’s permitting and rulemaking actions, and oversees state and local implementation of CAA permitting programs.