Stephen W. Chu

Alum, 2010
Position: Senior Environmental Scientist
Employer: SEC Group, Inc.

In 2002, Stephen Chu graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Aspects of Conservation and a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  During his time at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Stephen developed a passion for wetlands, and took as many courses related to the wetland sciences.

Shortly after graduating Stephen was employed by Griffin Consulting Company, LLC., a civil engineering firm located in northeastern Wisconsin.  During that time he was employed as an Environmental Scientist.  He was responsible for conducting wetland delineation, permitting, and wetland assessments.  He also drafted Water Quality Standards language for the Water Quality Standards of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, to ensure consistency with the Great Lakes Initiative Standards.  Stephen then joined Murn Environmental, Inc., a wetland consulting and native landscaping firm, from 2003-2004.  During that time he was employed as an Environmental Scientist.  He was responsible for conducting wetland delineation, permitting, wetland assessments, native seed propagation, and native landscaping installation.

Mr. Chu currently works as a Senior Environmental Scientist for SEC Group, Inc., a civil engineering firm located in McHenry, Illinois.  His main responsibilities are conducting wetland delineation, wetland mitigation design, restoration design and permitting of all sizes.  He prepares reports and permit applications for federal, state, and local permits and coordinated field studies with designers, regulators, project managers, and clients.  In addition, Stephen assists Village Engineers regarding wetland-related issues with regards to development.  Stephen is a registered Professional Wetland Scientist, through the Society of Wetland Scientist, and a Certified Arborist through the International Society of Arboriculture.

With the help of his Graduate Committee for guidance, Stephen's developed a research project to complete his degree that incorporates his personal interest with wetlands.  The research examined the impacts of landscape-use change on preserved wetland's floristic quality assessment in Northern Illinois.  Most of the initial data for his research project was produced during wetland delineations conducted for work-related project sites.  Stephen hopes his research will help municipalities make better decisions regarding the protection of preserved wetlands within a proposed development.