Dr. Shannon Parks is a registered Professional Engineer with 20 years of broad-based experience in the water resources and environmental engineering fields. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and a Masters of Science and doctoral degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. She is currently teaching water resources and environmental engineering at University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.
Prior to joining University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Dr. Parks’ worked for over seven years at the Alcoa Technical Center focusing on development and commercialization of sustainable wastewater treatment and solid waste reuse technologies. She also served as a member of the Alcoa Foundation Board of Directors, providing environmental expertise to support the Foundation’s focus areas of Environment, Empowerment, and Education, as well as her experience with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for women. Prior to joining Alcoa in 2008, Dr. Parks worked for approximately seven years as a consultant to government agencies, municipalities, and industrial clients performing water resources engineering design and permitting. In addition to her corporate experience, Dr. Parks served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, West Africa, supporting a local Non-Governmental Organization on water sanitation projects.
Laura J. Dietz, Ph.D., trained as clinical and developmental psychologist at the University of Pittsburgh, completed a clinical internship at the Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL, and pursued postdoctoral training in clinical research at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Dr. Dietz’s research interests focus on early psychosocial interventions for mood disorders in youths and adapting developmentally appropriate interventions for depressed children and their families. She has been studying the effects of stress on health risk behavior in undergraduates, with a particularly focus on first-generation college students.
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