Douglas Gardiner, ‘12
Degree: BA, Environmental & Sustainability Studies
Hometown: Great Falls, VA
Why did you choose to attend WPI?
I chose WPI initially for their engineering programs, but I wanted to attend a school that had a diverse student body that enabled me to work in a team for various projects.
How has WPI’s philosophy of Theory and Practice, and working with teams, been beneficial to you during your time at WPI?
After playing a lot of sports in high school, I enjoy working together in a team since it can bring students from various disciplines to work on a common goal. This is evident from my experience with the Great Problems Seminar, my IQP, and in different classes.
What do you think are WPI’s greatest strengths?
WPI's greatest strengths to me are the faculty and the grading system. With the faculty, I have experienced professors helping me with my academic goals and then trying to get to know me as a student. The grading system allows me to branch out to different subjects and expand my horizons.
How have the professors in your department impacted your studies and your life?
During my junior year, Dale Snyder, the former head of academic advising, suggested that I explore a different major field based on my success in particular classes. After taking a few classes and spending a summer applying my knowledge to a real-world problem, I ended up switching majors to better suit my career aspirations. She was very interested to hear about my progress and success with my new major.
What are your research projects?
I am currently not part of any research projects, but I have been involved with working for the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs for my MQP with Professor Krueger, in which electric vehicle charging stations are placed throughout the state, including the WPI campus.
Groups or extracurricular activities you participate in at WPI:
- Intramural Sports
- SFS - Science Fiction Society
- WPI Green Team
- Just and Sustainable Future
- GDC - Game Development Club
I now focus my attention on the environmental studies field to apply my knowledge to solve some of the bigger issues for our generation.