Absolutely. SPEA obviously builds each of us to be subject matter experts in our field. But more important than the subject matter, SPEA teaches critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Over the last 23 years I have served in a variety of roles, very few of them related to the environment. When I think back on what I learned, and what I have utilized most since my days in the classroom, it’s the foundational skills around management, the budget process, project, and team work. It’s not the actual work shown in the environmental chemistry problem but how Ron Hites taught us to think through the process and drive to a solution. Because of SPEA I know how to focus on a challenge, sort through analysis, and come up with solutions.