Student Spotlight: Shae Hogan

Tell us about yourself.
My name is Shae Hogan, I am 22 and from Joplin, Missouri. I graduated in May 2021 from Purdue University with a degree in Environmental Science and Natural Resources with a concentration in Environmental Policy & Analysis. I also obtained minors in Environmental Politics and Policy and Management. During my undergraduate career, my priority interest was in environmental sustainability especially in how it related to policy and regulations. As I began to focus further on my career goals, I recognized the importance businesses held in pursing emission reduction and creating concrete change. This led me to this Sustainable Business program where I hope to further my understanding of the impact industries can have as we transition into a sustainable future. Within the three pillars of sustainability, I have a good understanding of the environmental pillar, and look forward to gaining equal understanding of the people and economy pillar through this program. Coming out of this program I hope to become a sustainability consultant where I can work personally with companies to help create environmentally and economically sustainable businesses.

What is one of your favorite things to do in Pittsburgh?
I am new to the area but so far my favorite thing to do here is walking around and finding new places to eat and drink as well as exploring the nature areas of the city.

What skill would you like to master?
A skill I would love to master would be easily connecting with people. I enjoy getting to know new people, but to be a good networker would greatly benefit my career and quality of life.

What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years?
In the next 10 years I am looking the most forward to seeing how much my mission has changed and how much I’ve grown.

What is the best way to start the day?
The best way to start the day is with plenty of time to relax before work, with a cup of coffee, soft music and cuddling my dog. If I give myself time, I enjoy swimming laps or doing yoga at home.

Where would you spend all of your time if you could?
If I could, I would spend all of my time somewhere in the mountains, preferably warmer areas. There are endless areas to hike and it is a view that never gets old (although the Pittsburgh view is starting to grow on me).