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Frank Carroll, Class of 1966, Inducted in 2003

As a scientist specializing in environmental issues, Frank Carroll’s work has taken him around the globe.  His travel schedule has brought him to Egypt, Sudan, Yemen, Iran, Pakistan, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Kenya, Chad, Niger, Mali, Ghana, Togo, Senegal, Guinea, Mauritania, Morocco, Thailand, Nepal, China, Vietnam and Brazil, among other places. 

While his projects in these countries are almost too numerous to name, his goal is clear, to help people around the world enjoy a cleaner, healthier environment. 

His career has spanned a variety of areas, from water and environmental health, to energy analysis, food security and disaster assessment in developing countries.  His principal focus, however, is water. 

His international work has been predominately with USAID, World Bank and UN projects, both as a staff engineer, and through his own consulting business.  Currently, he serves as the deputy regional director of Development Associates, Inc., an international minority-owned firm that specializes in social and economic development. 

As an F-M student, Frank enjoyed both biology and calculus, and credits two of his teachers (Warren Petty  and Wilma Munroe) with encouraging his exploration of these areas.  Frank is also a language-lover who speaks  French, German, Arabic and Farsi, along with Russian. 

“French comes most in handy in West Africa,” he said, “where some of the lowest income yet warmest and most endearing people in the world are located.  Arabic and Farsi are languages of convenience - mostly learned orally when I lived in Egypt and Iran.  German was mandatory for a year in college in Vienna.  At this point, Russian is simply for pleasantries.  I’ve never had the opportunity to visit.” 

After his graduation from F-M, Frank received a B.S. degree in General Engineering and an M.S. degree both from Stanford University.  He also holds an M.P.H. degree in Environmental Health Services as well as a Ph.D. in Energy and Resources, from the University of California at Berkeley.

Both as a student and currently, Frank is a sports lover.  He played baseball and football at F-M, and still enjoys baseball, as well as playing the piano, and attending international film festivals.  He likes to work in local watersheds, contributing to restoration and conservation efforts that encourage local community stewardship and promote water quality goals. 

Frank offers this advice to today’s students for achieving their career goals:  “Think outside the box.  Aim higher than what you think is ever possible.  Travel to far-off places and engage others with different points of view.    Listen.  Analyze what you hear, read, experience.  Don’t take anything for granted.  Seek guidance, but use your  noggin to find your own truth.  Your world will open.”

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