EDI Staff News Fall 2014

EDI Environmental Team Expands

Karina and RahmFor more than two decades, EDI environmental teams have successfully executed projects throughout the Midwest for clients in government, along with a variety of private sector project owners. A successful project starts and ends with our well-trained, certified, and experienced staff who are at all stages of their careers.

Summer 2014 brought several new team members to EDI's Environmental Department, including Karina Kuc, Andrew Dorn, Felix Moran, PE, and Jennifer Stepina. They may have come to the firm with different backgrounds and career trajectories, but they all find the work meaningful and important.

Karina Kuc, pictured here meeting Mayor Rahm Emanuel, is just beginning her environmental career with EDI, after graduating in 2012 with a degree in Earth and Environmental Science. To her, working in environmental science was an obvious choice. "It's a great way to combine my passion for the outdoors and make positive changes for the environment and surrounding communities," Kuc said. "I am willing to work hard, do the research, and learn in order to complete the job successfully."  Click here to read more.

EDI's Michael Fischer Earns CHMM Accreditation

FischerEDI Environmental Scientist Michael Fischer recently passed the Certified Hazardous Materials Manager(CHMM) examination, and earned a credential that recognizes "professionals who have demonstrated a high level of knowledge, expertise, and excellence in the management of hazardous materials."

Fischer has been with EDI since the fall of 2008. His environmental consulting experience includes Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments; subsurface soil investigations and monitoring well installation; soil, air, and groundwater sampling; underground storage tank removal; air monitoring; construction and demolition inspection oversight; and remediation/abatement oversight. His project portfolio while with EDI is diverse, with him completing work for private and public clients such as Ameren, Chicago Public Schools, and the Public Building Commission of Chicago. 

EDI Intern Named One of Chicago's 18 Under 18


EDI intern Ashley Ontiveros sure started her summer off right! Named one of The Mash's "18 Under 18: Celebrating 18 Amazing Chicago Teens," Ashley was chosen for her ability to overcome adversity in a big way.

This is Ashley's second summer interning with EDI. She primarily supports the firm's marketing department while providing superior "intern services" to the rest of the staff as needed. Ashley was introduced to EDI while participating in a Chicago Public Schools job shadow program in 2013.

Ashley is 2014 honors graduate of North Grand High School and just started her freshman year at Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) this fall. She plans on becoming a manga comic artist and hopes to teach English in Japan one day.

The Mash is a weekly newspaper and website created by teens, for teens and produced by The Chicago Tribune. 



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