Nicole C. Wilson, PE | Vice President of the PSPE Southeast Region
Nicole is the Technical Manager- Air Quality Services at Earthers Group, Inc., which is in the Philadelphia area.
Nicole picked chemical engineering when she was a high school senior because she wanted to challenge herself. “Unlike a lot of people, my parents were not engineers, so I had no idea what I was getting into,” Nicole said. She went on to share, “I was more interested in biomedical engineering, but at the time, the University of Rochester did not have it as a major or even a minor.” She took her advisor’s suggestion to focus on one of the core engineering disciplines. Even though she knew it was going to be extremely difficult, she decided to focus on chemical engineering, “Sticking with cheme made sense to me.”
After graduation from the University of Rochester, she started her career as an environmental consultant. During this time, Nicole earned a master’s degree from Villanova University in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering and her PE license. “It seems to be a better fit for me considering the combination of technical, people, organizational, administrative, and writing skills it requires.” One of the many aspects that she enjoys about her job is interacting with clients and mentoring staff.
Nicole has had some memorable moments and events in her career. During an audit of a power plant, she recommended that they instituted a non-mandatory (i.e., not a regulatory requirement) recycling program at their facility. “They surprised me with it when I came back the next year. That was pretty cool.”
Nicole began her PSPE journey in 2006. In 2011 she received a call from a member of the PSPE Bucks Chapter inviting her to attend their meeting.
Fast forward ten years, “I have made a lot of good friends and contacts through my involvement with PSPE.” She knows if she is having a bad day at work, she can pick up the phone and call one of the PSPE guys for a reality check. “I also value the opportunity, especially in my chapter, to learn from the more senior and retired members who have been where I am and can provide good career advice.”
She credits being involved with PSPE and the Bucks Chapter to enhancing her public speaker and event organizational skills. These skills have become an invaluable asset to NSPE and PSPE. Nicole is the PECON 2021 Education Committee Chair, a board member of the PSPE’s Pennsylvania Engineer Foundation, a member of the PSPE Chapter Task Force and PSPE State Awards Committee, and the Vice President of the PSPE Southeast Region. She is actively involved with the PSPE Bucks Chapter.
“I would recommend membership to others, whether a younger engineer, mid-level, or advanced, more for the opportunity to connect with other engineers and colleagues on a personal level.” Nicole further added, “The work NSPE and PSPE do in terms of advocacy and STEM is important, but just as important is the networking and career opportunities both organizations offer.”
In her free time, Nicole enjoys watching Top Chef, reading, travelling, and trying new restaurants, especially anything Indian/Thai/Japanese. She is currently re-reading, “The Idiot’s Guide to Managing Stress. “It was published in 1999, and it is crazy to see how much things have changed in terms of day-to-day work style and technologies.” Nicole was once featured on Action News. Unfortunately, it was before the days of YouTube!
Marleen Troy, PhD, PE, BCEE | PSPE 2021-2022 President-Elect Nominee
Marleen is a Professor of Environmental Engineering at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Before transitioning to academia, she worked as an environmental engineer performing hazardous waste site remediation. “I have been fortunate to have been involved in projects that successfully employed bioremediation treatment techniques to facilitate site clean-ups. Now, I appreciate utilizing and discussing my previous field and project experiences in the courses I currently teach.” Marleen shared.
“My previous education and training had been on dealing with the “end-of-pipe” management of wastes and facilitating the best ways to dispose of them safely,” Marleen says. She further adds, “Recently, I have been transitioning to learning what can be done differently to prevent the production of these wastes, to begin with, to minimize future disposal challenges.”
Marleen joined PSPE in 2009 because of the professional networking and development opportunities they offered. “My involvement with PSPE gave me opportunities to work with great engineers like Walter Popalwski, who was instrumental in establishing a PSPE Student Chapter a Wilkes University,” she points out, “Wilkes University has held an Order of the Engineer Ceremony for graduation Seniors since 2009.”
She firmly believes that she and her students have greatly benefited from their involvement in PSPE’s Keystone NE Chapter. “MATHCOUNTS, speaking events, project tours, and social events have provided opportunities, which have had a positive impact on the students and me.”
The advice she would give to someone interested in working in the field of engineering is, “The environmental engineering field is constantly changing. Now is a great time to be entering the engineering field, and it is an opportunity to make a difference.”
Additionally, Marleen is active in PSPE, serving as a member of the Board of Directors and on various committees. Marleen is a member of the Pennsylvania Engineering Foundation (PEF). PEF provides scholarships to students who are going on to study engineering at the Pennsylvanian college. She says, “I appreciate the opportunity to support this important initiative of furthering engineering education opportunities.” Marleen also serves as the Chair of the PSPE Chapter Merger Task Force, is the VP of the Keystone Northeast Region, and is the 2021-2022 President-Elect Nominee.
“On a personal level,” Marleen shared, “I enjoy puttering with vegetable pickling, sourdough baking, and digital media. I am also an avid WaterRower.”