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Erin Palko (Class of 1993)

Current Position: Senior Hydrogeologist, Roux Associates, Inc., New Jersey.

Education: B.S., Geology, Pitt-Johnstown (1993); M.S. Geology, East Carolina University (1999).

Professional Licenses: Licensed Professional Geologist--Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (2003) and State of North Carolina (2001); Licensed Subsurface Evaluator--State of New Jersey (2001).

Other Professional Activities: Adjunct faculty, Drexel University (since 2001), primarily teaching Engineering Geology, Physical Geology, and Historical Geology; Instructor, University of North Carolina system-wide summer geology field course (since 2000), teaching the hydrology section of the course.

Past Positions: Water Quality Specialist, AmeriCorps National Service (Penn Mtn. Service Corps), 1994-1996; Graduate Teaching Assistant, East Carolina University, 1996-1999.

Personal Statement: "I will always remember the atmosphere of the geology department as one that is completely supportive and always friendly. For such a small department we had all the equipment and lab supplies of a larger university, but smaller classes, which is great when the professors know the students and can take a vested interest in their education. The small class sizes allowed our instructors to take us on many field trips throughout the region, taking the theory/lecture and really putting it into practice. I see so many students during interview processes that come from other programs that never have seen structure up close, or gone on a fossil hunt with a geology club, or have no idea what it is to be a geologist. As for me personally and professionally, I was extremely well prepared for graduate school even after a 2-year academic absence. In comparison to others I have seen over the years, I received a very solid geology foundation at Pitt-Johnstown and had a good time learning too!"

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Last Reviewed: August 17, 2006