Alumnae Profiles

Kaytlin Colburn ’11

Kaytlin ColburnGIS Developer | Oceaneering International

B.S., Environmental Science | Sweet Briar College, 2011
M.S., Geographic Information Systems | University of Redlands, 2013

Leveraging web technologies such as Esri’s JavaScript API and Dojo, Kaytlin builds the tools GIS analysts use: web apps and widgets designed for offshore and emergency response operations. She has presented her work at tech conferences and participated in a company software field test on a Swedish icebreaker in the Arctic Ocean. At the 82nd parallel north, she worked to install servers and antennae that sent real-time data from the ship to the shore.

After graduating from Sweet Briar, Kaytlin worked as an environmental analyst with Avanti Corporation in Alexandria, Va. Her subsequent graduate study at the University of Redlands was supported by a fellow Sweet Briar alumna, and before completing her master’s, Kaytlin landed her current job — again with the support from alumnae.

While at Sweet Briar, Kaytlin served as president of the Environmental Club her senior year, was a Tau Phi, rode horses all four years, and studied abroad for a semester with the School for Field Studies in Kenya and Tanzania. After graduation, Kaytlin traveled through Turkey with anthropology professor Deborah Durham.

Though Kaytlin enjoys working with cutting-edge technology, she plans to return to school to become a teacher and inspire other young women to pursue a career in science. She lives in Houston.


Laura Jane Schaefer ’07

Laura SchaeferSustainability Manager | Oregon Health and Science University

B.A., Environmental Studies; Minor in Classics | Sweet Briar College, 2007

Laura Jane started her career at an architecture, engineering, planning and construction firm in Washington, D.C., completing National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance studies and documentation for potential noise, air quality, traffic and energy impacts.

Since then, she has served two terms with AmeriCorps, and earned the Energy Management Certification from Northwest Water & Energy Education Institute and the Certified Energy Manager credential from the Association of Energy Engineers.

In Oregon, Laura Jane has focused on supporting institutes of higher education and research in energy-efficient and sustainable operations. She has served OHSU‘s Oregon National Primate Research Center and Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute since 2011. As sustainability manager, she coordinates all aspects of environmental management for the university’s West Campus. She also manages the landscaping, wildlife and integrated pest management program for the 200-plus acres campus, is the lead resource and advocate for all environmental initiatives, and acts as project manager for all efficiency, natural resource and storm water management projects.

While at Sweet Briar, Laura Jane was an active member of the residential life staff, judicial committee and Tau Phi. She was a non-academic judicial chair and tutor at the Academic Resource Center. She is now serving Sweet Briar on the Alumnae Alliance Land Use and Sustainability Committee.