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Jonathan Napolitano

B.S./M.S. Environmental Engineering
Jonathan Napolitano

Hometown:  Milltown, New Jersey

Current School Year: Junior

Anticipated year of Graduation: 2018

Major: B.S./M.S. Environmental Engineering

Please describe your study/research interests and why.

My primary research interests involve water resources and green infrastructure as they relate to our natural and built environment. More specifically, I want to focus on LEED consulting which stands for leadership in energy and environmental design for different types of buildings. I believe that as our country continues its commitment to widespread growth, it’s a necessity to do so in an environmentally friendly way. I hope to use my master level education about water resources to promote sustainability in our built environment. 

Please describe your co-op experience. Include where you worked, a brief description of your duties, and what you learned.

Throughout my time at Drexel, I’ve been lucky to have a variety of co-op experiences at the Philadelphia Water Department, the Philadelphia International Airport and at Langan Engineering. At the water department, I was able to analyze and assess the drinking water quality all around the city. The airport brought me a variety of experiences from daily airport operations, emergency hazardous spill responses, and future airport planning and expansions from an environmental point of view. Langan brought me an entirely new perspective from the geotechnical engineering side as I learned to analyze boring samples and foundations.

With all the experience from my co-ops, I was able to join the Sustainability team as a Sustainability Specialist at The Sheward Partnership working part-time. My primary responsibilities include conducting water and energy modeling and analyses for LEED credited buildings.

Please describe any extracurricular activities that you participate in. 

At Drexel I’ve been able to participate in a number of activities from Greek Life, Club Sports, and the USGA and have been able to hold multiple leadership positions in each organization. My primary organization is my fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, where I’ve held such positions like the Vice President of Programming, Vice President of Member Development and most proudly lead our philanthropy which benefits the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. As Head of Philanthropy, it was my responsibility to organize a cabinet to put together a fundraising plan, marketing strategy, and head shaving event to raise awareness and money for childhood cancer research. I can say that it was one of the most memorable and gratifying moments of my Drexel career. 

Please explain more about what you intend to do as you further your studies and afterwards.

In the last part of my college career, I hope to gain a better understanding of modeling and design as well as data assessment. With this knowledge, I will apply it towards LEED consulting where I hope to make sustainable design in the built environment so common that it becomes the standard. In order for our country to strive towards being environmentally friendly, it must continue to pursue LEED certifications. I want to become part of the push to make the country sustainable.