Terry Lathem

position: 
Senior Scientist
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Education: 
B.S. EAS 2006
last name: 
Lathem
first name: 
Terry
company: 
Phillips 66 Research Center, Air Quality and Emissions
current location: 
Bartlesville, Oklahoma
What is your favorite part of your current position: 
I have always enjoyed using science to solve complex problems. My current position enables me to apply my passion for earth and atmospheric science towards providing sustainable solutions to real-world industry challenges
How did your EAS education prepare you for your current job?: 
A strength of the EAS program is that the courses not only taught the fundamentals of earth and atmospheric science, but they also taught how to apply these scientific principles through use of collaborative field work and group projects. Environmental Field Methods was one of my favorites, as it taught critical skills for working collaboratively to solve a large research project. Additionally, the EAS program provided many opportunities for learning how to communicate research effectively through seminars and symposiums. I have found these applied skills to be extremely valuable in my career and I encourage students to seek out these opportunities within EAS.
What do you wish you had known as an EAS undergraduate in order to land the job of your dreams?: 
Networking is important. Take the time to get to know as many professors and colleagues as you can. Not only will many become great friends, but you will open up new opportunities for collaboration that you may have otherwise missed.