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Robert (Rob) Karl Podgorney (Class of 1994)

Current Position: Research Scientist-3, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Education: B.S., Geology, Pitt-Johnstown  (1994); M.S. Hydrogeology, Wright State University (1996); Ph.D., Hydrogeology, University of Idaho (2007).

Professional Licenses: Registered Professional Geologist, State of Idaho (2000).

Notable Accomplishments: Guest editor, Journal of Groundwater (1996); Peer reviewer, Vadose Zone Journal (on-going); 9 peer-reviewed publications (3 more currently in review, 1 more in preparation); 12 presentations to national or regional audiences.

Past Positions:Hydrogeologist and Project Manager, Parsons Infrastructure and Technology, Idaho Falls, ID, 1997-1999; Associate Hydrogeologist, Montgomery Watson, Inc., Salt Lake City, UT, 1996-1997; Research Assistant, Center for Ground Water Management, Wright State University, Dayton, OH, 1994-1996; Lead Field Technician, Cambria County Mineral Assessment Office, Ebensburg, PA, 1993-1994.

Personal Statement: "I have enjoyed working in the field of geology since my days at Pitt-Johnstown.  I think back to those days often, and still keep in touch with a number of my former classmates and faculty members, and am amazed with the diversity our career paths have taken.  I feel lucky to have attended Pitt-Johnstown after attending other institutions over the years, the personal attention, small classes, and close working relationships really help with the learning process and establish a solid foundation for a future career.  Of particular importance is the emphasis on applied problem solving and direct application of both field and laboratory methods.  I felt ahead of my classmates in a number of areas upon entering graduate school, particularly in the area of conceptual understanding of geologic problems, from structural geology to ground water flow."

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Last Reviewed: August 13, 2007