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From trash to treasure

Neal Melchionni ’12, an environmental engineering major, is applying what he learns in the classroom to the real-world problem of urban trash disposal. As an intern with Greeley and Hansen, a national engineering consulting firm, Melchionni recently tackled complex wastewater and infrastructure challenges in New York City. In a three-month project that began last summer, he helped design a wastewater treatment plant and a marine transfer station for New York City. Melchionni was paired with an environmental engineering mentor from Greeley and Hansen who helped him assimilate into the program. “It worked well because my mentor bridged the gap between me and the other engineers, who had been working on these projects for a long time,” he says.