In 2012 the faculty associated with the Bioenvironmental Sciences (BESC) degree program formed the BESC Professional Board. The inaugural Board consists of former students from the BESC program, established in 1992 in the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, and other environmental professionals with connections to the program and the National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP) student chapter. The BESC Professional Board members represent various environmental professions the current BESC students seek to join.
The mission for the Bioenvironmental Sciences Professional Board is: Preparing excellent environmental professionals responsive to industry needs in the 21st century.
Starting in September 2012 the BESC Professional Board has established bylaws, formed committees with charters, established and contributed to an Endowed Excellence Fund for BESC, and has begun engaging the current students and faculty about enhancing the curriculum and internship and employment opportunities.
Current BESC Professional Board Members
Terminals Business Unit
Kinder Morgan Inc.
Solid Waste Division Manager
City of College Station
Brazos Valley Solid
Waste Management Agency
Vice President at Hydrologic Monitoring
TRC Environmental Corporation
Pioneer Natural Resources
Specialist at Targa Resources
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Texas Environmental Enforcement Task Force
Global Environmental Procurement – Strategy Manager
Director Operation Management, Oxy
Environmental Health & Safety Engineer at Flex
LS Energy Services and Lineal Industries, Inc
Environmental Due Diligence Lead
Westwood Professional Services
Texas Commission on
Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
Director of EHS Technical
Frito Lay, Inc.
Quality Assurance Auditor and Project Manager
EHS Consulting at BSI
Manager Environmental Operations
BNSF Railway company
Environmental, Health, Safety and Security Manager
BASF – Beaumont Site
Safety and Environmental Representative
EOG Resources, Inc.
Senior Project Manager
President, Gruene Environmental Companies
K+L Gates LLP
Project Manager, Remediation Division,Texas Commission On Environmental Quality
Bryan Gay CEO of ESE Partners, LLC
Senior Chemical Engineer
Environmental & Neighborhood Services Liaision, City of Sugar Land
Tom Chappel, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, BESC Program
Academic Program Coordinator, BESC Program
Wonbo Shim, Ph.D.
Department Head and Professor of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, BESC Program, Texas A&M University
Katie Stoddard, Ph.D.
Instructional Associate Professor of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, BESC Program
Heather Wilkinson, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, BESC Program, Texas A&M University