Date Posted: May 18, 2017
Environmental Scientist, RTP Environmental Associates – Kenner, La.
MS, Environmental Sciences w/ Minor in Disaster Science Management, 2015
BS, Environmental Management Systems, LSU, 2011
Paul Algu, who received a Master of Science degree in environmental science with a minor in disaster science management in 2015, currently works as an environmental scientist at RTP Environmental Associates in Kenner, La.
“My job is very heavily policy-focused, as I work with clients dealing with permitting and compliance issues,” he said. “The CC&E’s environmental planning and management track requires students to become familiar with major state and federal regulations, and that knowledge allowed me to transition seamlessly into my job.”
During his time at LSU, Algu studied the resilience cycles of New Orleans neighborhoods 2005-2015 as part of the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. He used the data in his final thesis, “A Study of Recovery in Orleans Parish Neighborhoods Ten Years after Hurricane Katrina.” Professor Margaret Reams was his advisor. He credits his degree program with preparing him well for his career.
“Having been previously employed in the environmental field, I knew what companies were looking for in potential candidates,” he said. “The MS ENVS program allows you to tailor a degree path to your liking, which also prepares you for anything the professional world throws at you.”
In his spare time, Algu volunteers at various youth-related charities in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas, serving as a mentor for the Gardere Community Christian School, running buddy for Girls on the Run South Louisiana and Youth Run NOLA, and working with the education department at the National World War II Museum.
“I believe that STEM education awareness and wetlands restoration are the most important and pressing issues to our country as a whole,” Algu said. “I hope the connections and friendships I make will help to foster a new generation of scientists, engineers, and skilled workers who will help to combat these problems and bring hope to a new generation.”
Algu’s advice for current and future CC&E students? “College is a time for discovery,” he said. “Don’t be afraid to take risks, and volunteer for everything. Sleep is a renewable resource, but memories are not!”