Geosciences Workforce Awareness Webinar Series: Webinar 3 - Geoscience Workforce in Industry
Date: 11/01/17 4:00 PM Eastern - 11/01/17
Location: Online

José Martinez Diaz, M.Eng., Ocean Mapping and Geospatial Specialist, Fugro Marine GeoServices, Inc.
Thomas Rockwell, PhD, Professor, San Diego State University and Founder and former senior consultant, Earth Consultants International

Speakers will address their path into the private sector, the nature of the work in their current position as well as the range of positions available in their field, and the skills and experiences that can best prepare a student interested in a similar career pathway.

José Martinez Diaz is the Survey Products Supervisor at Fugro in San Diego, California, a global onshore and offshore geotechnical and survey services company. He graduated with a M.Eng. degree (Geomatics, Ocean Mapping) from the University of New Brunswick and a B.Sc. degree (Oceanography) from the Universidad A. de Baja California. He has worked at Fugro for the last 17 years and has been immersed in Airbourne Lidar Bathymetry technology and projects since 2005. He is a National Society of Professional Surveyors – Hydrographic Survey of America Certified Hydrographer.

Dr. Thomas Rockwell is an internationally renowned paleoseismologist and geomorphologist. He is an expert on the tectonics of California, Baja California, and Turkey. He has conducted extensive trenching programs to date earthquakes on faults in the western U.S., Middle East, Asia, and Argentina. He routinely uses soil stratigraphy and geomorphology to assess rates and recency of fault activity. Providing input on the age of the soils or geomorphic surfaces of interest, and assisting with fault evaluations to resolve recency and magnitude of movement, he often acts as a consultant for local geotechnical and archaeological consulting firms. In addition to his duties as a professor of neotectonics and Quaternary geology at San Diego State University, Dr. Rockwell has been the principal investigator for numerous research studies funded by the National Science Foundation, the United States Geological Survey, and the Southern California Earthquake Center. He is a Founder of and Senior Partner in Earth Consultants International.

About the Series
Geosciences workforce awareness is critical for students in preparation for employment following their formal education. The nations of the world are facing a daunting range of geoscience-related environmental challenges, including climate change, declining fisheries, ocean acidification, sea level rise, and coastal development, among many others. As society strives to grapple with these issues and the complex economic, political, and environmental implications, geoscience graduates are finding an increasingly wide array of potential career pathways, both inside and outside of academia.

This webinar series is a follow-up to the workshop conducted during the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting exploring career pathways for geosciences students. The webinars will explore pathways not covered during the workshop. Please join us over the next few weeks as we highlight exciting opportunities for geosciences applications. More information on this series, including upcoming webinars will be posted on the COSEE website.

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