Geosciences Testimonials


Matthew Cartlidge (2008)
Graduate Student
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS

I am working on a Master’s in Geography at Kansas State University. I work as a TA and as a GIS consultant for the Kansas Dept. of Transportation. After my graduation, my FHSU internship at KDOT evolved into a part-time job and it has continued to financially provide for me. I peruse legal descriptions of the towns and cities in Kansas and check for discrepancies with the maps KDOT issues. The FHSU Geography Department provided me a broad foundation in geography. The technical skills I acquired at FHSU are used daily as a GIS consultant for KDOT. The qualitative, writing and research skills that I acquired from FHSU are continually built upon as my work towards my Master’s degree with an emphasis in cultural geography progresses. The "real-world" experience is indispensable. The working world obstacles usually cannot be replicated in the classroom. For this very reason, internships provide great experience for any undergraduate and acts as a place to foster individual growth.

Keith Goentzel (2003)
GIS Consultant & Developer
MJ Harden a GeoEye Company
Gardner, KS

I work with clients to develop GIS, Lidar, and photogrammetry solutions. We are a subsidiary of the Satellite Imaging company GeoEye. We do GIS, Photogrametry, and Lidar. I work with our GIS and Lidar groups. I am currently working on GIS data integration projects. These integrate GIS and other CIS systems to provide better more accurate business intelligence. I also work on Lidar applications. These application assist in better visualization and classification of Lidar data. I use my GIS and Development skills learned at FHSU such as the basic principles of mapping and the fundimentals of GIS daily. These skills help me produce a more accurate as well as cartographic appeasing product.

John Groneck (1987)
SH&E Supervisor
ExxonMobil Corporation
Missouri City, TX

I supervise personnel that address employee and contractor safety, process safety, security measures, and emergency preparedness & response (i.e. hurricanes; natural diasters, oil spill cleanup), and loss prevention initiatives. As an undergraduate, I suggest additional / elective courses (business, marketing, computer; consider a minor?) outside of purely geosciences. Technical writing skills are extremely important for proposals, legal issues, presentations, etc. If offered in Hays, take a public speaking class; it may be old school, but lots of business is conducted / achieved by face to face communication. My internship provided an opportunity for developing time management; understanding liaison relationship between faculty/staff and students; public speaking skills; and interaction with numerous individuals.

Ted Fritz (1977)
Geologist/Environmental Scientist
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Prairie Village, KS

I am responsible for regulating injection of fluids associated with oil and gas production, industrial or municipal wastes, mining of salt and uranium, Carbon Dioxide sequestration, geothermal heating and cooling. I also plug abandoned water and other wells and oversee general protection of ground water resources. My work is primarily in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa. A knowledge of Geology is very useful in understanding the potential for strata to receive and contain fluids through wells (some over 5,000 feet deep in this region). It also helps to delineate what aquifers need to be protected against contamination. At FHSU, my studies helped me to hone a knowledge of and appreciation for geology and the natural world.

Scott Cumming (1999, 2005)
Columbia, MD

While I'm currently not using my academic experiences in a career, I am using them to introduce geology to my 5 year old son. We have hiked several of the beautiful state and federal parks in Maryland since moving here in August '08; giving him an opportunity to see geological and biological processes from the Atlantic Coastal Plain Province to the Blue Ridge Province. One of our favorite state parks is Cunningham Falls State Park, adjacent to Catoctin Mountain National Park (location of Camp David), where exposures of metabasalt (Catoctin Greenstone) and quartzite (Weverton Quartzite) are plentiful (and just as important to an active 5 year old -- CLIMBABLE.)

Brandon Kessler (1998)
Department Manager
Terracon Consultants, Inc.
Wichita, KS

I manage the geotechnical drilling services for Terracon's Wichita office. I also serve as a project manager in the construction materials department and manage the daily field operations of our construction services field technicians. During my years of field operations I used my academic experiences mostly in regard to soil and rock identifications. I've logged many core samples in my years. I miss the hands on stuff now that I'm behind a desk most hours of the day! The participation in activities at FHSU helped me not only meet people with similar interests/major, but it helped me get to know those students within the department on a personnel level.

Ned Marks (1984)
Terrane Resources Co.
Stafford, KS

As Owner/Geologist operating a small consulting company, I perform geologic investigations, specializing in ground water, water rights, public water supply systems, ag-chemical investigations, well field exploration / management, landfill projects and well design. Because FHSU had a department that stressed the basics and fundamentals of geology I was able to enter multiple fields and now specialize in ground water. It is important to see the application of the fundamentals in several areas of geologic studies. These fundamentals apply whether you are building roads, in o&g exploration, ground water studies, or any of the paleo fields.

Dale Gnidovec (1978)
Curator, Orton Geological Museum
Ohio State University
Pataskala, OH

I curate the collections, oversee the exhibit hall and the Museum Store, give guided tours, identify rocks, minerals, bones & fossils brought in by the public, give presentations to school and scout groups, and occasionally teach historical geology. I probably would not have gotten my job without the experience I had at the Sternberg Museum.

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