3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Friday, Jan. 24: Kay Nelson / Director, Environmental Affairs, Northwest Indiana Forum
“Oh the places I’ve been and the engineers I’ve met”
In her 43 years of environmental work in Northwest Indiana, Kay Nelson has been a local government, state government and private sector employee. Within each of these positions, her responsibilities included working with multiple stakeholders. Given the diversity of exposure to various professionals associated with environmental and economic development projects, Nelson will be able to share her experiences as it relates to the many options available to today’s engineering students.
Kay Nelson is a 1977 graduate of Purdue University. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the School of Agriculture in Natural Resources and Environmental Science. In the pursuit of her degree, Ms. Nelson focused upon water quality issues.
During the course of her career, Kay’s roles have included:
- Industrial Pretreatment Coordinator
- EPA Wastewater Expansion Construction Grant Administrator
- Brownfield Redevelopment Administrator
- Director, Indiana Department of Environmental Management Regional Office
- Indiana representative to US EPA Iron & Steel FACA group
- Great Lakes Compact, Indiana negotiating team member
- Great Lakes Commissioner. Appointed by Governor Pence, reappointed by Governor Holcomb
- VW Trust Fund Settlement Board member. Appointed by Governor Holcomb
Ms. Nelson joined the Northwest Indiana Forum in 1998. Recognizing the integral relationship between economic development and environmental protection, Ms. Nelson’s role with the Northwest Indiana Forum is diverse. She is an active participant during the new and/or expanding business process – working to assist understanding by the community at large of the impact and importance of economic development. Working on environmental issues affecting existing members, Ms. Nelson provides a forum whereby regional position papers are developed. In this process, Ms. Nelson represents the business community in discussions with environmental and community stakeholders to develop understanding and often consensus on issues of regional, state and international importance. The successful passage of Indiana Senate Enrolled Act 45, the adoption of the Great Lakes Compact, as signed by Governor Mitch Daniels on February 20, 2008 reflects this unique collaboration Ms. Nelson works to affect.
In recognition of her Great Lakes Compact work, Ms. Nelson was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash from Governor Mitch Daniels.
Ms. Nelson was awarded the 2014 Influential Woman of Northwest Indiana in Economic Development award. She also is a current member of the Purdue University Northwest School of Engineering Advisory Board.
The Distinguished Speakers Series is FREE and open to the public and all PNW students, faculty, and staff. We hope you will join us!
Questions? Contact the School of Engineering at (219) 989-3218 or PNW_Engineering@pnw.edu.
School of Engineering Distinguished Speaker Series