Name: Andrea Berlinghof
Year: Class of 2013
Hometown: Upper Dublin, PA
Major: Environmental Engineering
Dear Friends…Best, DoGEE
Hello prospective environmental engineers! My name is Andrea Berlinghof, I am a junior here at Hopkins. The Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, affectionately called DoGEE (pronounced like the animal) has been around since 1968. It is a relatively small major, with each grade having less than 25 total students. I have never experienced the “cut-throat” stereotypical Hopkins culture in my department, in fact, the opposite is true. The 24ish other people that you have in most of your classes become your friends and lifelines, as you collaborate and working together to solve particularly grueling problem sets. The professors in DoGEE are all extremely knowledgeable in their prospective fields and very interesting people on top of that. Having a professor who has a PhD yet insists on being called by his first name and begins his emails with “Dear Friends,” and ends them with “Best, Hedy” is one of the many endearing and surprising qualities you can expect from some of my favorite environmental engineering professors. DoGEE has more requirements than most majors at Hopkins, but it has the flexibility to focus on different areas within the major. See attached pdf link for course requirements. (http://engineering.jhu.edu/~dogee/undergraduate-programs/Undergrad%20Advising%20Manual%20FINAL%202011-2012%2011-10-11.pdf). My favorite class has been Emerging Environmental Issues, in which we learned about the chemistry of acid rain, ozone depletion, climate change, and geoengineering.
I originally stumbled into the environmental engineering major because I could write a good college essay about it (not kidding). Once I actually began researching the major, I decided it was for me. Environmental engineering is a relatively new field that is guaranteed to grow in the future because of an increased demand to go green (aka job openings). I have always loved the outdoors and want to have a job where I can help people and not be stuck behind a desk, which I believe I can find in the environmental engineering field.
Although being a Hopkins engineer is very time consuming and work-intensive, I am also able to participate in lots of other activities on campus. Last summer, I did research with Professor Guikema working on point source target tracking of cocaine within a sewer system (I was writing codes in MATLAB, not handling cocaine or traipsing around in the sewers). I am a captain of the women’s varsity tennis team (currently 13th in the nation, Go Hop!), an outdoor pursuits leader for hiking and sea kayaking and a member of Alpha Phi. With outdoor pursuits, I am a pre-orientation backpacking leader, which means the last week of summer, I hike the Maryland section of the Appalachian Trail with a group of freshmen before school starts. I highly recommend going on Pre-O! Anyway, back to DoGEE… My favorite part about my DoGEE is the “family feel” you get from the extremely small department. We have a lot of events such as our annual crab feast, happy hours or potlucks that bring everyone together. So far, I have loved being a DoGEE and I am extremely glad that high school Andrea wrote her college essay about environmental engineering.
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