(PhD. 1993) I read a copy of the KSU Geology Newsletter (very nice, btw) the other day and, in so doing, was shamed into finally(!) sending an update as you had requested. You may use this as an entry in the alumni update sectiion if you like. Or not. Anyway…
I’m a Professor in the Department of Geosciences at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. I started here as an instructor in 1992, when I was finishing my dissertation in invertebrate paleontology with Rod Feldmann. I have taught a variety of geology courses here and, for a few years, also at the Wallops Island (Virginia) Marine Science Consortium. These days, I teach mostly Invertebrate Paleontology, Introduction to Oceanography, a majors’ course in Environmental Geology, and Field Studies in the Geosciences. We have a good department here, with a long history of success by our geology grads. That, and the nice little town, and all of the green space and opportunities for outdoor recreation, have made this a very nice place to be and to raise a family.
I have a heavy teaching load but do stay involved in research year-round… semester breaks, especially. I study clawed lobster taxonomy and evolution using mostly morphological (less commonly molecular) data. I have, for example, been collaborating with some Asian taxonomists – marine biologists, actually – for about 15 years and, recently, made two trips to Taiwan to work with them directly. The most recent trip, May 21 – July 2, 2013, included a 4-day deep-sea collecting cruise (dredging and trawling for macrobenthos). Fantastic experience!
On the personal side… My sweetheart, Johnna, and I have been married for almost 28 years. We have a daughter, Clara (19) and son, Owen (16). Clara just finished her freshman year as an interior design major. She’s in a rigorous/compressed program (elsewhere) and came home exhausted, but I’ve never seen her happier. Owen will be a junior in high school. He is 6’3″ (wants to whoop his dad every day), a high jumper, an avid outdoorsman, and a future geology major! He competes in regional and state science fairs, etc., and has been informally shadowing some of our geology grads. All of this, believe it or not, with no pressure from me. Johnna returned to the workforce a few years ago, after several years of being a stay-at-home Mom. She is presently in the front office of the local elementary school, not always using her bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Computer Programming specifically, but enjoying the environment there. Johnna enjoys running. She has run a few marathons and stays on it even in the dark, snowy/icy winters here (we usually don’t see bare ground here between November and March).
My best wishes to all KSU Geology faculty, staff and late 80′s-early 90′s students. I would surely enjoy hearing from any of you. Even if all you want to say is, “wow – you still look the same!”. My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
(BS in Ed. 1974, Earth science major, Geography and general science minors, and M in Ed. 1982, Supervision)
I retired in 2008 having taught a variety of earth and general science classes at the middle school level in Cleveland (’74-’76 and Aurora ’76-2008. A first time grandpa in Dec. of 2012, I enjoy out of doors when I am not working on classic car restoration. Had the pleasure of sharing lunch with Dr. Heimlich and Skip Skotte a couple of years back after meeting with them on campus. Dr. H is a fantastic connection conduit of alums and the department. Keep up the great work!
(B.S. 1984) I am still working for the State of North Carolina within the Division of Water Quality’s Aquifer Protection Section, and have been since July 1987. When we last spoke I was working as a Regional Supervisor for the Aquifer Protection Section in one of the Division’s 7 field offices (regional offices). Since Jan 1990, I had been the supervisor for the Raleigh, NC area office, responsible for our Section’s programs related to leaking underground storage tanks and most other sources of groundwater pollution, well construction regulation, waste disposal permitting and compliance activities and other groundwater resource protection programs.
I’m happy to pass along that in Sept 2012, I was promoted to Section Chief of the Aquifer Protection Section, responsible for the statewide administration of the Section’s programs in the 7 Regional Offices across the state, our Central Office here in Raleigh and our Section’s well drilling operations. The Section’s program areas have evolved over the past years with the reorganization of our Division and Section, adding and transferring programs, etc. My management responsibilities now focus primarily on programs associated with the permitting and inspection of waste treatment and disposal activities, in a manner that is protective of the groundwater resources. These program activities include the land application of treated wastewater and treatment plant residuals, Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO’s or large commercial animal farms), well construction activities related to injection wells and well types other than private wells and Groundwater Resource planning.
I stay busy keeping up with policy issues, working with State legislators, members of the regulated community, stakeholders and others. It’s provided some new and exciting opportunities and I’m looking forward to finishing my first year as Section Chief. Take care and I’ll try to look you up next time I’m in Kent.
(B.A. 2004, M.S. 2008) My geology education began with a double major (Geology and Earth Science) B.A. program and was followed by an M.S program in Geology. During this period I became a GK-12 National Science Foundation Fellow, developed and lead summer workshops for secondary school teachers, and conducted my thesis research in clay mineralogy. I also began to do some job interviewing with the petroleum industry and was advised to complete the M.S. degree. I followed the advice offered, completed the degree, and was hired with a six-figure salary at the end of 2008 as a Field Engineer I (and quickly promoted to Field Engineer III) with Baker Hughes, Inc. in Houston, TX. For the next five years, I was given considerable training in rig-site activities including crew supervision, customer service, data acquisition (creation of wireline data well logs), mentoring new employees, creating study modules and training guides for new trainees, etc. I thoroughly enjoyed the 5 years of education and production work provided by Baker Hughes, but after marrying Andy Stanford in 2011, I wanted more time to spend with him. In early 2013, I joined Chevron North America Exploration & Production Co. in Houston as a Geological & Geophysical Offshore Operations Wellsite Geologist. Among the many things I do for Chevron, I’m responsible for all geological aspects of deep-water drilling including paleontology, mud logging (cuttings analysis), logging while drilling, and wireline data acquisition. I provide offshore leadership support, as needed, for deepwater Gulf of Mexico drill rigs and wellsite operations. This includes making geological interpretations and identifying potential hazards related to geology (essential for Lead Drillsite Managers and other drilling engineers). I love the educational and work experience provided by both companies.
Some advice for students contemplating employment in the petroleum industry: Attend conferences, meet people, make connections, interview/interview/interview and stay in contact with the interviewers (an email a couple of times per year is fine). It’s all about being a team player and being people-oriented. The rest comes with training which the company provides. The oil/gas exploration and production industry is a rough life but the rewards are well worth it. It’s more than the money and a job; it’s a geological adventure !!
B.S. 1954, M.S. 1956 (University of Illinois), D.D.M 1965 (Case Western Reserve University)
Recently we were notified that George Dickie passed away on May 17, 2012 following a lengthy bout with Parkinson’s Disease. Surviving family members include his wife (Rita), 4 children (Scott, Nancy, Georgia, Harry), and 7 grandchildren. As an active geologist and in later life, George was an avid outdoor person who loved snow skiing and mountain climbing which he pursued primarily in Colorado. He was also a devoted runner who participated in many 10K races. After receiving the B.S. degree in geology at KSU and the M.S. in geology at UI, he was hired as a Petroleum Geologist with Chevron Oil Company working out of Pensacola, FL. In 1961 George changed course and returned to Ohio to pursue dentistry at Case Western Reserve University. He received the D.D.M. degree, established a practice in Vacherie, LA, and pursued dentistry until retirement in 1992.
After graduation, I worked five years with J&L Laboratory, now defunct, as a staff geologist. Did a tour in the middle east as a reservist, returned home and J&L shut down. Got another job with Geosearch as a well-site geologist (mudlogger), worked in the rapidly expanding Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia oilfields on the Marcellus shale. Recalled to duty, served as an Infantry advisor to an Afghan rifle company for another year.
Upon my return home in December 2011, I was admitted for care to the VA hospital in Pittsburgh on a mostly outpatient basis for debilitating wounds and injuries suffered on my last tour. I am currently undergoing the Army medical retirement process, and do not anticipate rejoining the civilian workforce for quite some time.
Best wishes to my friends and associates at Kent State, I truly enjoyed my time in the department.
CPT Jason Lambright
B.S. (1995) During final exam week I was lucky to be interviewed and hired by Master Builders, Inc. (later acquired by BASF). With BASF I was employed in the firm’s global Construction Chemicals Division (7,100 employees worldwide) in Beachwood, OH. I worked there for eight years, then left to start a family, and was recently re-hired by BASF. As a Concrete Petrographer I examine failed concrete and block samples, as well as aggregate, cement, and pozzolanic materials mailed to BASF from worldwide locations. My job is to determine the cause of failure (cracking, low compressive strength, high fly ash content, etc.) of these construction products. I use a petrographic microscope and a stereomicroscope supplemented occasionally by some scanning electron microscopy. Studies involve comparing hardened concrete with the mix design, rock and mineral identification, air-void analysis, determination of fly ash content, etc. I love my job – and my husband, Audie, and our two sons (ages 8 and 12) enjoy living in the Cleveland area.
M.S. (1979) I retired from Newfield Exploration Company (Houston, TX) in December, 2012, and started at Arena Energy (The Woodlands, TX) in January, 2013, as a geologist working exploration and development on the Gulf of Mexico Shelf. I hope all is well in the geology department.