David Mayer, MS '10

Resource Management and Conservation

With a BS in Environmental Science already in hand and a stable job monitoring air quality, David Mayer decided he wanted to further his education in the field and pursue an interest in sustainability. He turned to the Resource Management and Conversation (RMC) program at Antioch University New England which he says has exceeded his expectations.

What did you do before coming to AUNE?
Prior to attending AUNE, I worked as an environmental consultant/industrial hygienist for a small firm in Burlington, Vermont. Ninety-five percent of the work I performed was for IBM in Essex Junction, Vermont's largest employer. The primary focus of my job was dealing with indoor air quality issues and monitoring. I also worked in California as an environmental compliance specialist and in New Jersey as a field technician/geologist. I completed my undergraduate work in 2001 with a BS in Environmental Studies from Keene State College.

Why did you decide to go back to school for a graduate degree?
While I was already working within the environmental field, I returned to graduate school to become a more complete environmental scientist and to further pursue my interest in sustainability. In all of my work experiences, I found myself involved in compliance issues and working to meet the minimum environmental regulations and while that is important, it wasn't fulfilling for me. I was interested in making deeper changes, more sustainable changes within the organizations. I also found myself being pigeon-holed into the industrial hygiene and safety world. My desire to make deeper changes drove me back to school. Antioch University New England appeared to be the right choice for this goal and it has exceeded my expectations thus far.

What have you gained from being a student in the program so far?
I found that my initial goal to become a more complete environmental scientist/agent of sustainable change has been met. The blend of classes, practical experience, and networking has given me the experience and well-rounded view that is leading me down the career path that I want to be on.

Would you recommend the RMC program? If so, why?
I would absolutely recommend the RMC program to others and have done so often. The RMC program allows students to be exposed to a variety of issues and has the flexibility to enable one to choose a very unique career path within the environmental science field. I appreciate the small, tight-knit community at AUNE and the seemingly unlimited access to the RMC advisers and professors who are second to none in my opinion.