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Outstanding Graduate, Spring 2022

Kayla Teague

Kayla Teague wanted to study environmental engineering but also learn about management, policies and legislation. So, she found the perfect fit within the environmental and resource management program in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University.

“The environmental and resource management program covers a little bit of everything,” Teague says. “The program is surprisingly broad; there’s something for everyone. You’re able to choose classes that fit your interests while also being able to learn about a completely new topic.”

Teague believes her degree will allow her to make an impact on the lives of others.

“Environmental and resource management is critical for protecting our planet and its unique components,” Teague says. “Without it, we risk people’s lives and greatly hinder future generations.”

One professor who had a great impact on Teague is Kiril Hristovski, associate professor in The Polytechnic School, one of the seven Fulton Schools at ASU.

“Dr. Hristovski has been an incredible professor in the ERM program,” Teague says. “His classes are so challenging, but he genuinely wants students to succeed. He recognizes when students are putting forth effort and rewards them for making progress. Dr. H pushes us outside our comfort zones, and he encouraged me to continue trying.”

Teague served as a chairperson for a project to develop a report on alternative fuel technologies with the city of Peoria and Project Cities.

“While it was definitely hard work, it was so exciting to present to the city staff,” she says. “It was a great networking opportunity and gave me a taste of what an environmental professional can do.”

Teague will continue her studies at ASU as she pursues an environmental and resource management master’s degree through the Fulton Schools’ accelerated 4+1 program.

The Chandler, Arizona, native says that she would eventually like to move to Colorado, but earning her engineering degree at ASU was the right choice for her because it was close to home and the program allowed her to explore so many different opportunities.

“Engineering is unique because there’s no single way to approach a problem,” Teague says. “I can apply science and math skills while also being creative. It’s been really empowering, especially as a woman. I’m able to face and overcome challenges that would have intimidated me before.”

Read about other exceptional graduates of the Fulton Schools’ Spring 2022 class here.

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