“My experience as an ROE student so far has been incredible. We focus mainly on experiential education, which makes my experience a lot different than every other student here,” Costanza said. “Of course we have lectures, but at the end of the day we’re really asked to do projects that are meaningful and reflect on our work in order to learn something.”
Andres Esparza works as a diversity and inclusion instructor at Teton Science School and is Wyoming’s ambassador to Latino Outdoors, which aims to give more Latino children access to public lands.
Energy Management professor Jessica Laramie came to Western following a decade in the oil and gas industry. Today, she helps students apply their coursework to real-world work, like installing solar power systems in off-grid communities.
Francis Mitalo came from Kenya to study energy efficiency. His master’s project focuses on conducting greenhouse gas emissions assessments and innovative mitigation measures for his home country.
Doug Carlson left Western with an accounting degree in 1981, but the world knows him as much more than a Certified Public Accountant. From CFO of Aspen Ski Company to co-founder of FIJI Water, Carlson has found no shortage of success.
“I believe that students learn best when they are engaged,” Moran said. “That includes intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically sometimes. Some or all of those at one time. They need to be stimulated and challenged but also be supported.”
Tyler Brandt went to college to “be around people who were really engaged and really wanted to do something.” He found that community at Western, where he says he “couldn’t be happier.”
Bryant Byrd is a dedicated student and accomplished distance runner. As a two-time NCAA Academic All-American, senior care volunteer, wellness trainer and avid researcher, Byrd has struck a balance between academics, athletics and health advocacy.