Jane Parkin Kullmann G06
Steering Committee member and Risk Assessment Specialist at Haley & Aldrich.
Jane Parkin Kullmann earned her MS in water-resources engineering through Tufts’ Civil and Environmental Engineering department in 2006. She is one of the newest members of the Tufts Environmental Alumni steering committee, joining in the fall of 2011. TIE’s Libby Mahaffy caught up with her in November 2011 to discuss the future of the Tufts Environmental Alumni chapter and her role on the steering committee.
Libby Mahaffy: How are you using what you learned at Tufts in your current work?
Jane Parkin Kullmann: I use what I learned at Tufts almost every day! I work in environmental engineering specializing in risk assessment and data evaluation, so I use a lot of what I learned in my classes in my day-to-day tasks. I would also say that what I learned at Tufts has helped me to better adapt to and respond to scientific and technical changes in my profession.
What drew you to the steering committee of the Tufts Environmental Alumni chapter?
I think it is important to remain connected within the Tufts and the environmental communities, and I would also like to be involved in engendering those connections amongst other alumni.
What do you bring to the chapter and steering committee?
I think I bring a multidisciplinary understanding of the environment as a result of my work experience in consulting and engineering and my background in chemistry, environmental studies, and environmental engineering. I have also been involved in other alumni groups and on the boards of non-profit organizations, so I can also offer a significant presence on the steering committee that is knowledgeable about managing organizations such as these.
What are the next steps for the steering committee?
I think our most immediate near term goals are to develop events for our constituency of environmental alumni, both that bring together alumni and current students and also provide alumni with opportunities to gather and learn from each other about their professional activities. I think another goal is to continue to grow the organization, both in number and in geography.
If you ended up moving away from the Boston area, how would you want to stay connected with Tufts?
[Through already existing] alumni groups; [I would also] set up my own TEA chapter in my new city!
Why would an alumnus want to be involved in the Tufts Environmental Alumni chapter?
Because we’re cool! Well, I think an alumnus would want to be involved because they want to continue to be a part of the environmental and alumni communities of Tufts, including getting to know other alums and current students with similar interests and building connections between these groups.
What do you think the TEA mascot should be?
You mean it’s not Jumbo?!? An elephant would seem relatively fitting for an environmental group…maybe we could have a green elephant as a mascot?