The department of Natural and Applied Sciences welcomes Ryan Holzem as an Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering Technology. Ryan is a Wisconsin native, growing up in Cleveland, WI, a village of about 1,000 people about 45 minutes south of Green Bay. Ryan graduated with his B.S in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville in 2006. He then went on to earn his M.S. in 2008 from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Following his M.S. Ryan worked for CH2M out of Milwaukee, WI as an environmental engineer for 2 years before going back to earn his Ph.D. at Duke University. There Ryan examined the impact of emerging contaminants found in wastewater biosolids on microorganisms in soil receiving the biosolids following land application. Or more broadly, poop, chemicals, and bugs. After Duke, Ryan and his family moved back to Wisconsin, where he worked for Donohue and Associates in the Sheboygan office as a wastewater engineer. Ryan is now an assistant professor in environmental engineering technology, here at UWGB. Ryan is interested in K-12 outreach because he thinks the only way to begin solving the complex problems facing the world is with more engineers from different backgrounds with different perspectives. Welcome, Ryan!