Alumni Profiles

Anna Colvin

BA, Earth and Environmental Studies, Wesleyan University, 2004
MS, Geology, Michigan Tech, 2008
Current position: Geologist, GeoGlobal Energy

While at Wesleyan, Colvin participated in a field-mapping project in Argentina, which mixed geology, petrology, limnology, and volcanic lake geochemistry. Her undergraduate thesis focused on rock chemistry of million-year old pyroclastic flow deposits from the Caviahue-Copahue volcanic complex. This project introduced her to volcanoes for the first time, and kick-started her interest in volcanology.

Chris Pascoe

Chris Pascoe

BS, Geological Engineering, Michigan Tech, 1999
BS Mining Engineering, Michigan Tech, 2000
MS Geological Engineering, Michigan Tech, 2001
Current position: Mine Engineering Manager, Rio Tinto

Chris Pascoe began at Michigan Tech in the summer of 1994, and completed seven years later in the summer of 2001. The focus of his undergraduate studies changed over time. “My original plan was to focus on the area of groundwater and hydrogeology and then changed to more of the geophysics side associated with the oil and gas industry. Neither of these areas were ultimately what I really wanted to do, so I ended up concentrating more on the mining side, but still with a focus on the geologic sciences. I also had great internships in both geophysics and the oil and gas industry that helped guide me in my decision. I then decided to get a degree in mining engineering in order to gain additional knowledge,” he explains.

Darby VanAntwerp

Darby VanAntwerp

BS Geological Engineering, Michigan Tech, 2003
MS, Hydrogeology, Clemson University, 2006
Current Position: Hydrogeologist/Engineer, TRC

 “Through my courses at Michigan Tech, I learned ‘how to learn,” says VanAntwerp. “It is one thing to memorize theories and equations, but my coursework taught me to assess a problem and gather the necessary information to formulate a solution. In particular, the summer Field Geology and Field Geophysics summer courses were intense (long days, black flies) but the hands-on experience was invaluable.”

Gari Mayberry

Gari Mayberry

BS, Geology, Wesleyan University, 1997
MS, Geology, Michigan Tech, 1999
Current position: Geologist, US Geological Survey (USGS)

Gari Mayberry’s master’s research at Michigan Tech focused on using satellite imagery to investigate the evolution of a volcanic ash cloud generated from the Dec. 26, 1997 Boxing Day eruption of Soufriere Hills volcano in Montserrat. At the time, relatively new satellite data were available with high temporal resolution, so my goal was to see if I could find anything interesting by comparing the new data with data from other satellites.

Rob Porritt

Rob Porritt

BS, Geological Engineering, 2007
Current position: PhD Candidate, University of California, Berkeley

     “The GMES department is unquestionably one of the most important influences on where I am now,” says Porritt. As department chair, Wayne Pennington suggested I purse an internship, which blossomed into my PhD research. As Enterprise and Undergraduate advisor, John Gierke helped me learn about research, team building, and team leading.”

Shannon Lemke

Shannon Lemke

BS, Geological Engineering, Michigan Tech, 2000
Current position: Senior Geologist, Vitruvian Exploration LLC

“I came into the department sure that I wanted to become a geoenvironmental engineer. The degree program is so well rounded that we were introduced to many different career options within the GMES department. It wasn't long before I'd changed my major to Geological Engineering and became interested in geophysics and oil and gas exploration. My interest in oil and gas led me to my work in Houston and my interest in geophysics led me to my husband (we met in electromagnetic geophysics class).”

John Lyons

John Lyons

BS, Geology,  Missouri State University,  2002
MS, Geology, University of Idaho, 2004
PhD, Geophysics, Michigan Tech, 2011
Current position: Mendenhall Fellow, USGS Alaska Volcano Observatory

“Graduate school really formed me into a life-long learner and explorer ,” says Lyons. His research involved characterizing eruptive behavior at Fuego volcano, Guatemala, initially by using some classic observational techniques while in the Peace Corps, and then transitioning into the use of cutting-edge geophysical and remote sensing methods as his PhD research gained depth and breadth.

Katie Richards Gray

Katie Richards Gray

BS, Geology, Michigan Tech, 2007
Current position: Geoscientist, Baker Atlas

     “I started out as a chemical engineer and then switched from chemical engineering to chemistry to chemical engineering to chemistry and finally found geology (three years into my schooling) and thought: ‘Why on earth didn’t I find this earlier?!’ All kidding aside, I had a very difficult time in the geophysics and plate tectonics course. It was a tough class with a good teacher (Jimmy Diehl).

Michaela Crum

Michaela Crum

BS, Geological Engineering with a Minor in Mining, Michigan Tech, 2008
Current position: Geological Engineer, Cliffs Natural Resources

  “When I first started college, everyone told me that it really didn’t matter what your major is when you start out because most likely it will change. This proved entirely false in my case,” says Polster Crum. “After taking my first geology classes, I knew that was the right decision for me. Dr. Bill Gregg was a particular influence on her studies. “He brought his industry experience and wisdom to the classroom to make the material interesting, applicable to real world examples, and easy to comprehend. Dr. Gregg is someone I still look up to and respect. I feel very lucky to have had him as a professor.