Institute for the Environment & Sustainability
at Miami University
Student Profile: April Maurer (Class of 2012)
- chemical engineering major with an environmental science co-major
- from Cincinnati, OH
- member Miami Steel Band
"Hi! My name is April Maurer, and I'm a senior at Miami. My major is chemical engineering, and I've also chosen to pursue the environmental science co-major.
"Like so many incoming students, I was eager to create my own educational path. At Miami, it was easy to find support from professors as I merged two fields of study. Plus I found plenty of extra-curricular activities to keep me busy."
Becoming an Environmental Engineer
"With strengths in math and science, engineering was a natural choice for me. After doing some research, I discovered that Miami's School of Engineering and Applied Science offers students the opportunity to obtain a Chem. E. degree with an environmental engineering focus. Since the environment has always been a passion and an interest of mine, I decided to try it out.
"As I progressed through the curriculum, I realized that engineering is not just a set of knowledge. Rather, it is a means to an end. Which end? Any that you choose to pursue! The skills I've learned in my engineering courses serve as tools I will use in the future as an environmental engineer.
"Growing up, I was taught to respect and care for the environment. I wanted to come out of college with not only the tools to be successful but also the background necessary to enjoy and find meaning in my work. At Miami, I was able to achieve the environmental science co-major while still having flexibility in which classes I would take. I chose to learn more about geology through the co-major, but other students have chosen different paths. Working out my schedule was easy. I even got to use an engineering class to fulfill one of the environmental science requirements."
Learning About Rainforests
"As any visitor can see, the beauty of Miami's campus is a point of pride for students and faculty. But what could be better than learning about our environment in one of the world's most magnificent natural habitats? In the summer of 2008, I was fortunate enough to accompany 2 Miami professors and a great group of students to Costa Rica for a 2-week tropical ecosystems course. Nothing could compare to learning about rainforests from the rainforest!"
MU Steel Band
"Being at Miami has given me so many opportunities outside of the traditional classroom. Since freshman year, I've been playing with the MU Steel Band (no experience necessary!). It has been a way for me to escape from the stress of studying as well as an outreach program serving local high schools, colleges, and communities.
"This semester, we got to be a part of PASIC, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. In the past, we travelled to Virginia Beach and other parts of the country and performed with some of the greats in the world of steel band.
"Just to be sure I always had something fun to do, I've also been involved with the MU Marching Band, MU Orchestra, Slow Food Miami, America Counts, and the MU Hip Hop Dance Team."