Van Oost and Kohlman named Marshals of Earth and Mineral Sciences in spring 2022 | SehndeWeb

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Camila Van Oost was named the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ student marshal, top graduate overall, and Catherine Kohlman was named the college’s honorary science marshal, top degree in a discipline other than engineering. They will be recognized at the college’s spring 2022 commencement ceremony, scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Pegula Ice Arena on the Penn State University Park campus.

Camila Van Oost: student marshal

Van Oost will earn his bachelor’s degree in environmental systems engineering. She graduated summa cum laude with a 4.0 grade point average. Van Oost will also earn minors in Watershed and Water Resources, and Global and International Studies.

“I can’t explain how lucky I am to be surrounded by a community that goes to such great lengths to recognize and celebrate the hard work I’ve put into my education for all these years,” Van said. West. “Being named Student Marshal inspires me to keep doing my best wherever life takes me, and I couldn’t be more grateful.”

She chose Ljubisa Radovic, a professor of energy and mineral engineering in the Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering of the John and Willie Leone family, as the marshal of the faculty.

“I am forever grateful for Dr. Radovic’s guidance and assistance throughout my time at Penn State,” Van Oost said. “I took his thermodynamics course during my first semester. I was struggling with the changes happening all around me and he helped me during office hours to better understand engineering concepts in English, as well as familiarize me with the environment at Penn State . It was an honor to be his student. »

Van Oost was named a recipient of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Academy for Global Experience, or EMSAGE, in the spring semester of 2022. The EMSAGE program is the college’s flagship undergraduate program to foster experiential and global competence and promote a spirit of integrity, service and leadership and only the best students are selected as EMSAGE winners.

“I think one of the biggest highlights of my time at Penn State was the Spring 2022 EMSAGE ceremony, where I was recognized as an EMSAGE recipient,” Van Oost said. “It was special for me because it allowed me to connect with students with whom I share similar experiences and vision. As an international transfer student, it is sometimes difficult for me to identify with my peers, but during this ceremony, I was able to see what other students went through, and it made me realize that in the end, we are more similar than we think.

During his undergraduate career, Van Oost participated in numerous research projects. She has been involved in research projects investigating duckweed growth and assessing its feasibility as an alternative to human protein, quantifying the impact of freshwater salinity and climate change on supply water from the Chesapeake Bay, finding a less energy-intensive way to treat wastewater and using anaerobic digestion. to extract biofuel from lignocellulosic raw materials.

Van Oost has also served as sustainability officer for Penn State’s Society of Environmental Systems Engineers, chair of sustainability for the college’s undergraduate student council, and membership chair for the Penn State Student Chapter of American Water Works. Association. She is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society.

After graduation, Van Oost plans to attend graduate school next fall to pursue a master’s degree and eventually earn a doctorate. in environmental science or engineering.

Van Oost’s mother, Maribel Chalas, of Yaguate, Dominican Republic, and father, Willem Van Oost, of Wemmel, Belgium, will attend the opening ceremony.

Van Oost said she was grateful that her major was in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

“Earth and mineral sciences are the perfect combination of the resources of a big school, with the individual attention and cohesion of a small college,” Van Oost said. “It really feels like a college family, and everyone wants to help you succeed. My only advice for incoming students would be that the resources are there; you just have to reach out and meet them halfway.

Catherine Kohlman: Honorary Marshal of Science

Kohlman will earn his bachelor’s degree in meteorology and atmospheric science. She graduated summa cum laude with a cumulative grade point average of 3.99. Kohlman will also earn a minor in marine science.

“When I learned that I had been chosen to represent my college as an honorary science marshal, I was completely overwhelmed with honor and pride,” Kohlman said. “So many outstanding and highly qualified students make up the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, and I couldn’t be more honored to be selected from among all of my amazing peers to represent my college. My sister, who was the 2018 Marshal of Journalism, always inspired me and showed me that hard work pays off. I’m starting to see that hard work pays off and I’m grateful to represent the college.

Kohlman, a Schreyer Honors scholar and EMSAGE winner, chose Ray Najjar, a professor of oceanography in the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences, as her faculty marshal.

“Dr. Najjar is my honorary advisor and has supported me throughout my time here at Penn State,” Kohlman said. “He has always encouraged me to take challenging, yet exciting courses related to my interests, and he also gave me excellent advice on my future possibilities.”

Kohlman has received numerous awards, including the President’s Freshman Award and the Provost’s Award. She has also received numerous scholarships, including the Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Fellowship from NOAA, the Jay Fein Fellowship from the American Meteorological Society, and the Arthur C. Pike Fellowship from the National Weather Association. She also received the college’s Tholan P. Stuart and Marilyn Fellowship, Strickler Honors Fellowship, and Matthew J. Wilson Honors Fellowship.

Kohlman has been involved in numerous research projects, including performing surface energy analysis of northeast Pacific marine heat waves to study how marine heat waves are forced through the atmosphere and forcing a dynamic core of a global circulation model to test tropical energetic forcing theories. She has also collaborated with NOAA scientists using observational data from the Ocean Station Papa climate station to understand the impacts of marine heat waves on whales. She also worked with college geoscientists to conduct geomorphological research on grain size distributions before and after major typhoons in Taiwan’s Central Range.

Kohman served as an Ambassador and Tutor for the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences with the university’s Intensive English Communication Program and the Morgan Academic Center. She is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, the Chi Epsilon Pi Meteorological Honor Society, and the Nittany Divers Club.

After graduating, Kohlman will pursue a doctorate in physical oceanography at the University of Washington School of Oceanography.

His parents, Thomas and Linda Kolman, of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, will attend the opening ceremony.

Kohlman’s advice to prospective students is, “To anyone considering a major in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, I can promise you won’t find a more welcoming and supportive community. Throughout my years, I have witnessed how students and teachers truly support each other and grow together.

Department Marshals

The five students listed below have been selected to represent their respective departments at the start:

  • Mohammed Essa S. AL Noaimi
    Energy and mineral engineering
  • Jacqueline McKeon
  • Edward Joseph Spagnuolo
  • Luc Sepich
    Materials Science and Engineering
  • Alex Alvin Cheung
    Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences

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