WELCOMING THE NEWEST F&ES ADMISSIONS AMBASSADOR, DAVID J. SOLOMON

Howdy everyone,

My name is David J. Solomon, a second-year Master of Environmental Management (MEM) candidate specializing in Business and the Environment at F&ES and a new Admissions Ambassador for the F&ES Admissions Office. My interests exist at the intersection of entrepreneurship and environmental sustainability, with a longstanding and deep passion for China and the role Chinese investments can improve environmentally development strategies for projects in China, as well as overseas through the country’s Belt & Road Initiative (BRI).

David and his two research partners, Aaron Feng and Paul Hatanga, touring Kenya's Standard Gauge Railway project inside of Nairobi National Park during March 2019 David and his two research partners, Aaron Feng…

Welcome to Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Namaste!

My name is Bipul Mayank and I am a first-year Master of Environmental Management (MEM) student from India. I am specializing in Business and Environment along with Environmental Policy Analysis. It has been an incredible experience as an international student – navigating through the rich and versatile opportunities – at Yale F&ES over the last three months. I feel extremely honored and grateful to be appointed as the Admissions Student Ambassador. I look forward to providing support to prospective students by sharing my experiences with our beloved community.

Before Yale F&ES

I was born in the Eastern Indian province of Jharkhand (The Land of Forests), which is abundant in natural resources. Growing up close to forest landscapes, I formed a strong connection with nature and…

When China met East Africa at F&ES:  Learning a Global Perspective on Research

During the Alumni TGIF (“Thank Goodness I’m a Forester” event at F&ES) last October, I shared with Gao, a Ph.D. candidate from China, my interest in learning about the environmental footprint of Chinese investments overseas. Despite my passion, I had little experience in the topic at the time and had no idea where to start looking for resources. Gao immediately introduced me to Dr. Helen Gichohi, the McCluskey Fellow at F&ES, at the Alumni Event. Helen is a renowned scholar from Kenya and wildlife conservation field practitioner – also former President of African Wildlife Foundation (AWF). I expressed my interest to Helen and made quick connections with her along with two other classmates, American and Ugandan students who shared a similar passion for the subject. As our interest overlapped with…

Connecting F&ES to Mexican prospective students

This year, I spent quite a different Thanksgiving break. Instead of enjoying a delicious dinner with my dear F&ES friends in New Haven, I was in Guadalajara (my hometown) enjoying Mexican dishes and tequila with my family and closest friends. I traveled home and visited my alma mater, ITESO University (Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente), where I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering in 2011. Many memories came to mind as I was walking through ITESO’s student halls and its astonishing gardens.

Building a Greener Belt & Road

This piece is part of a series of posts looking to highlight the Global, Interdisciplinary and Entrepreneurial character of F&ES. It’s hard to keep track of all the initiatives students are involved in, and we hope to provide a spotlight for them. For prospective students who wish to know more, and current students who wish to have their work featured in this series, please email fesinfo@yale.edu.

When it comes to the potential ramifications of international development and trade, F&ES students Tina Huang M.E.M. ’19 (China), Kate Logan M.E.M. ’20 (United States) and Nicholas Lo M.E.Sc ’19 (Hong Kong) share the goal of creating awareness among their peers, by making sure they spread dialogue in the U.S. about the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a Chinese…

New Admissions Student Assistant, Sundara Bhandaram

Hello, my name is Sundara Bhandaram and I am a first year MEM student specializing in business and the environment. I am the newest student assistant with the Yale F&ES Admissions Office. Over the last two months, I have been able to dive into F&ES classes, culture, and life and I am incredibly honored and grateful to be a part of this wonderful community.

I was born in Hyderabad, India and moved to Southern California six years afterwards. Growing up in Southern California I loved being so close to the Pacific Ocean. However, I was always reminded that we lived in the desert as we had many water scarcity issues. There were many summers where we had water restrictions in place and I became intrigued by water issues in…

The other side of the river: Presenting about F&ES at home

Written by Javier Gonzalez Rivero ’19 M.E.M.

Do you remember being on the other side of the river? A few days ago, I traveled to Mexico City, the capital of my home country. I had the opportunity to visit ITAM (Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México) once again, a university where I graduated from with a diploma course in environmental economics. My time as an ITAM student in 2013 was a stepping stone that propelled me to come to F&ES.

The session was arranged in collaboration with the F&ES Admissions office, and the ITAM Office of International Affair. The goal of my visit was to explain recent changes in the F&ES curriculum, and to pique Mexican students’ interest on the 5 different programs offered by the school.

The…