Joshua Kruskal, who is pursuing a Masters of Science in Environmental Science and Policy at Harris Public Policy, worked at Argonne National Laboratory. Based in the Environmental Science Division, he was able to contribute to research related to clean energy, landscape rehabilitation, and water quality improvement. Kruskal was closely involved with an ongoing project on marginal cropland use and developing computer models to test whether growing switchgrass and other biomass for ethanol in these areas might be ecologically and economically feasible.

“From this experience, I’ll certainly be taking away a much deeper appreciation for the challenges of complex systems analysis—the vast amount of data that must be gathered and cleaned, the extensive calibration and testing of models, and finally the interpretation of outputs. From a professional standpoint, this summer has already proven enormously beneficial.”