Jeffrey Robinson, BS
Hometown: Granby, CT
Degree: BS, Environmental Studies
Why did you choose to attend WPI?
My decision to transfer to WPI following my freshman year was heavily influenced by the advisors and professors in the Environmental Studies department I met during my visits.
How do you feel your experiences at WPI prepared you for working in your field?
I am an environmental scientist in TRC’s Environmental/Remediation Practice. I have one year of experience in environmental assessment and remediation projects throughout Massachusetts. I have participated in technical reporting, field investigations, and remediation activities; assessed environmental data; and completed environmental sampling programs. I have provided technical assistance and environmental oversight services (e.g., soil management, fugitive dust monitoring, field screening activities) to industrial, commercial, and municipal clients in support of site investigation and remediation activities.
I have familiarity with both state (e.g., Massachusetts Contingency Plan, or MCP) and federal (e.g., Toxic Substance Control Act) regulations and have been a field team leader during several subsurface soil sampling investigations in support of Release Abatement Measure (RAM) and Utility-Related Abatement Measure (URAM) activities, dioxin investigations, delineation activities, and stockpile characterization activities pursuant to the MCP. I have implemented groundwater sampling programs in accordance with EPA low-flow sampling procedures.
How has WPI’s philosophy of Theory and Practice, and working with teams, prepared you for facing real-world challenges in the workplace?
WPI does an excellent job in preparing student to face real-world challenges. Maybe more important than any knowledge I took from the classroom was the ability to work effectively with groups; become a leader; and communicate effectively with advisors, community members, and local government officials.
The academic advisors at WPI do an outstanding job in preparing students to take on challenges, overcome obstacles, and essentially learn how to be successful in whatever one may choose to do following graduation.
My advisors challenged me in the classroom and in IQP/MQP projects, not solely with the workload, but more importantly with the challenge of leading and motivating a group, thinking outside the box, and finding a way to get things done the right way.
Groups or extracurricular activities you participate in at WPI:
- Men's basketball
Academic or professional awards you have received:
- The Melvin G. Massucco Award (2011): Presented to a male senior athlete on his achievements, contributions, character, leadership, sportsmanship, and promotion of school spirit during his four years at WPI.
- Poly Club Award (2010): Presented to the top male athlete in the junior class who has outstanding academic records along with campus involvement of a nonathletic nature.