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Mark Hajas (Class of 1986)

Current Position: Geologist/Hydrogeologist, Maryland Department of the Environment Water Supply Program, Baltimore, Maryland.

Education: B.S., Geology, Pitt-Johnstown (1986); 26 credit hours of graduate course work in science and mathematics, Johns Hopkins University (1989-1993).

Professional Certification: Certified ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician (1995).

Notable Accomplishments: I occasionally give presentations at open public meetings and professional forums mainly dealing with source water protection issues. As an employee of the MDE Water Supply Program, I am active in the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the National Ground Water Association (NGWA). During my research days at Johns Hopkins Uiversity, I was a member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), and was a co-presenter and preparer of our work on internal wave dynamics experiments at conferences held in San Francisco and New Orleans. I have also been actively involved with Maryland's annual Ground Water Symposium since 1999.

Past Employers: Blazosky Associates, 1998-1999;, Penniman & Browne, Inc.,1996-1998; Investigative Testing & Engineering, 1995-1996; The Johns Hopkins University, 1988-1994; The Robert Balter Company-Geotechnical Engineers, 1986-1988.

Personal Statement: "The foundation for my job skills was obtained from the coursework at Pitt-Johnstown. The Geology classes and labs offered at Pitt-Johnstown were very practical, and apply to a broad spectrum of engineering & science disciplines. I started my professional career in the Geotechnical Engineering field, and have applied Soil Science & Mechanics, Sedimentation & Stratigraphy, & Field Methods principles, soil & boring log classification, and technical report writing skills to the various positions described above. My current position applies aspects of Hydrology & Ground Water Pollution disciplines learned at Pitt-Johnstown and other institutions. The review, construction, and analysis of maps & plans are also a daily part of my current & former jobs. Technical report writing, public speaking, map interpretation, and computer skills also have their training roots at Pitt-Johnstown. Other skills such as GIS, ground water modeling, and water sampling techniques were learned on-the-job, but the aptitude for professional learning was initially developed at Pitt-Johnstown."

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Last Reviewed: August 17, 2006