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Joan L. M. (Claycomb) Hawk (Class of 1978)

Current Position: Senior Geologist - Civil & Environmental Division, L. Robert Kimball & Associates, Inc.

Education: B.S., Geology, Pitt-Johnstown (1978); M.S. Geology, West Virginia University (2004).

Professional Licenses: Licensed Professional Geologist--Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (1995). 

Other Professional Activities and Accomplishments: Co-founder, Northern Alleghenies Geologic Society; Co-founder, Blacklick Creek Watershed Association.

Presentations: Hawk, J. L., 2006, The Susquehanna River Bridge Foundation Design - A study in Contrasts, to be presented at the Annual GSA meeting in Philadelphia, October 2006; Ledney, Charles M. and Hawk, Joan L., 1994, Investigation of a Subsidence Event near Flushing, Ohio, International Land Reclamation and Mine Drainage Conference and Third International Conference on the Abatement of Acidic Drainage Proceedings, Volume 4; Gordon, B. B., Hawk, J. L., and McConnell, O.T., 2004, Capacity of Drilled Shafts for the Proposed Susquehanna River Bridge, 1st Annual Geo-Support Conference, Orlando Florida, 2004.

Past Positions: Exploration Geologist, Rochester & Pittsburgh Coal Company, Indiana, PA; Assistant to the Mineral Coordinator, Cambria County Commissioners, Mineral Assessment Office, Ebensburg, PA. 

Personal Statement: "From the time I was six, I wanted to be a geologist.  As a high school junior and senior my interests broadened and I briefly considered other career paths.  However, by the time I hit the doorsteps of Pitt-Johnstown, I had decided that geology was path I wanted to follow.  The Pitt-Johnstown geology program and my experience with my geology professors confirmed that I made the right decision.  The coursework is challenging and is supplemented by fieldtrips to examine those aspects of geology discussed in the classroom.  The quiet, rural setting of the Pitt-Johnstown campus is a wonderful environment in which to study and enhance the academic experience."

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Last Reviewed: September 17, 2006