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Meet new #NCState24 alumna Laura Tomkins. 👋 🎓 🐺

This spring, Laura graduated from the NC State Center for Geospatial Analytics with a doctoral degree in geospatial analytics. She currently works as a senior atmospheric scientist at Karen Clark and Company in Boston, Mass.

“My decision to pursue this degree at NC State was partially due to the fact that the geospatial analytics program is very unique and isn’t found at many schools. But it was mostly because I had a great relationship with Sandra Yuter, who encouraged me to come back and had funding from NASA to work on a winter storm field campaign. Also, North Carolina is home and NC State is where I earned my undergraduate degree.”

🔗 Click the link in our bio to learn about Laura’s journey in #NCStateCNR.
You did it, #NCState24! 🎓 ❤️ We’re so proud of our newest @ncstatealumni and can’t wait to see what your future holds.
Meet Wizaso Munthali, a soon-to-be #NCState24 alumna and #NCStateCNR’s spring commencement graduate student speaker. 👋 🎓 🐺

Wizaso will be graduating with a Ph.D. in forestry and environmental resources (@ncstatefer). For nearly 22 years, she has worked as an environmental expert in her home country of Zambia. She currently teaches in the environmental engineering department at Copperbelt University in Kitwe, Zambia.

“First, I had exceptional academic advisors, Dr. Sills and Dr. Kelley, who showed a great commitment to my cause, and who did not back down from pushing me beyond my comfort zone, identifying my academic shortfalls and providing opportunities for improvement. To them, I was not coming to NC State to get an easy pass. It had to be earned, and there had to be a transformation in my skill set, my thinking processes and the way I approached scientific research. I firmly believe this was achieved.

Second, I had a community of friends at NC State and family outside the U.S. as a support system. Believe me, a good cry, the company and laughter of friends or family helps, even if it doesn’t solve the glitch in your programming code."

👀 Check out the link in our bio to learn more about Wizaso.