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Vargas Attends Veolia Summer School in Paris

The 2014 class at Veolia Summer School visits an energy plant earlier this summer in France. Environmental engineering master's student David Vargas was one of 43 M.S. candidates worldwide invited to the summer school program. (Photo Courtesy of David Vargas.)

David Vargas spent a week in Paris this summer, all expenses paid, thanks to environmental technology firm Veolia.

Vargas was selected to join just 42 other master’s students from 17 countries at Veolia Summer School to learn about environmental issues and the company’s efforts to address them—“an original and practical way of showing [Veolia’s] core business and its activities to students from all over the world,” as a company news release put it. “It also provides an occasion to build special relationships with the schools and universities that they come from.”

Vargas and the other students toured some of Veolia’s wastewater, landfill and research facilities as well as its headquarters outside Paris. And they heard from some of the firm’s experienced project managers. Students also designed and planned a new town with sustainability and economics in mind and presented their work to Veolia’s CEO.

“It was a great experience, and I was able to get an international perspective on environmental engineering,” said Vargas, who's pursuing his M.S. in environmental engineering.

Watch the video below to learn more about Veolia Summer School.