July 22, 2014
AIKEN, S.C. – Alexis Johnson wants to save the world.
Originally from Ewing, N.J., Johnson is a senior at the University of Florida where she is pursuing a degree in environmental engineering, a field she has been passionate about since she was 12 years old.
"When people ask what I'm going to do with environmental engineering, I always say 'save the world,'" said Johnson. "My family has always had a thing for being outdoors, and I've always had a passion for the environment."
She has been able to use her dedication to environmental safety during her summer internship at Savannah River Remediation (SRR).
"I've never wanted to just sit behind a computer screen," said Johnson. "I would rather be outside actually putting my plans to action."
Luckily for Johnson, her internship affords her that opportunity. She works for SRR's Environmental Compliance group, where she has assisted with a plethora of environmental projects throughout the summer.
"I get to experience so many different pieces of environmental work," she said. "It's been awesome to actually use what I've learned in school to do hands-on work in the field."
During her weeks at SRR, Johnson has been involved in inspections of storm water systems, air emissions and landfills, as well as communicating with state regulators, all of which she enjoys thoroughly. She has the opportunity to do work at all of SRR's liquid waste facilities.
Johnson has an interest in all things environmental; however, she is especially partial to water resources and wetlands science. This summer, she got to visit a constructed wetland that is located at the Savannah River Site (SRS). She was fascinated by the area.
According to Johnson, the constructed wetland acts as a natural water treatment plant for some of the Site's facilities. Johnson said she would love to make wetland design remediation a part of her career.
Keith Liner, SRR Saltstone Environmental Compliance Authority and Johnson's supervisor, said it is evident that she a passion for her chosen field and protecting the environment.
"She puts 110 percent into everything she does," Liner said. "Alexis always has a positive attitude and outlook on her work. She is an excellent communicator and has fresh ideas that help make us do our work differently."
Johnson pursued an internship at SRR because she knew it would be a different yet exciting experience for her.
"I never had any previous experience in nuclear," Johnson said. "But it's been great to see how the industry operates and learn about the unique environmental challenges that exist at SRS."
After her final year as an undergraduate, Johnson plans on continuing her education at the University of Florida to earn a master's degree, also in environmental engineering.
SRR is the Liquid Waste contractor at SRS, which is owned by U.S. Department of Energy. SRR is a team of companies led by URS Corp. with partners Bechtel National, CH2M HILL and Babcock & Wilcox. Critical subcontractors for the contract are AREVA, Energy Solutions and URS Professional Solutions.
Point of Contact: Amy Joslin, Director of Public Affairs and Project Communications