NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
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Don Knudsen (1971) has been teaching 9th-grade earth science at Council Bluffs, Iowa, for 29 years. In 1987, Don received his Masters degree in Science Education from the University of Northern Iowa.
Brad Nesemeier (1972) Brad works at the Navajo Nation Minerals Department, P.O. Box 1910, Window Rock, Arizona 86515. Tel (520) 871-6587.
Ragnar Skarsaune (1972) Ragnar is employed by the Blue Bird Corporation, in Fort Valley, GA, as their Director of Corporate Purchasing. Most of Ragnar's time since returning to the U.S. in late 1976 has been spent working for companies in the automotive industry in either the Purchasing or Material Management field.
Dana Barbie (1973) is currently a hydrologist (groundwater, groundwater database administrator, water-use specialist, and databook author) for the U.S. Geological Survey, Austin District Office. After graduating from NDSU, he worked as as Student Research Scientist/Research Scientist for Coal combustion and gasification at the Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) - University of North Dakota, when its was still under the Dept. of Energy (1975-1979). He then worked as a Hydraulic Engineer (GW, SW modeling, and water use) with the Central Utah Project, Bureau of Reclamation in Provo, Utah from 1979 to 1988. From there, he became Supervisory Hydrologist (GW and Land Subsidence) with the USGS, Houston Subdistrict Office from 1988 to 1996.
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David Brekke (1973) is a Research Scientist/Geologist for the Energy and Environmental Research Center (EERC) at the University of North Dakota. In his role as a geochemist and electron microscopist, Dave is currently working on such topics as the fate of trace metals in advanced power systems, ash formation and deposition in entrained-flow gasification systems (in cooperation with European and Japanese companies), and industry-oriented workshops on coal ash behavior and the fate of trace metals in power systems.
Douglas Cudworth (1977) went on to earn a M.S. in Soil Science from NDSU in 1988.
David Fischer (1978) is an independent petroleum geologist specializing in the Williston Basin. After receiving his M.S. degree in Geology from UND in 1980, Dave joined Gulf Oil in Casper, WY, as an exploration geologist assigned to the Williston Basin. Dave then moved to Denver to a position with Supron, which soon became the object of a corporate take-over. Dave resigned that position in 1983 to work as an independent consulting geologist. During this time, he worked in a part-time position in subsurface geology with the North Dakota Geological Survey, then located in Grand Forks. At this time also taught classes at NDSU in Well Logging and Petroleum Geology.
Calvin Taylor (1977) is a hydrogeologist for the city of Tacoma, Washington. Cal is responsible for remediation of a Superfund site in Tacoma. . After graduating from NDSU, Cal was employed as an exploration geologist for Nuclear Assurance Corp. in Casper, WY. From 1981-82, Cal worked for St. Joe American Corp., where he explored for precious metals in the western U.S. and Alaska. From 1983-86, Cal did contract exploration work in the western U.S. In 1987, Cal joined Johannesburg Consolidated Investments Corp., Ltd., in South Africa to work as a mine geologist --- and then in gold exploration. Cal's principal work was in Randfontein Estates Gold Mine and JCI Gold Unit.
Steve Tillotson (1977) is Assistant Director for the Division of Waste Management at the North Dakota State Department of Health in Bismarck. After graduating from NDSU, Steve did postgraduate studies in environmental studies at the University of Minnesota. From 1978-80, he was employed by the N.D. Soil Conservation Committee as a soil scientist.
Paul West (1977) currently works for Navteq in its Fargo facility. After graduating from NDSU, Paul worked for ten years as the geologist at Falkirk Mine, near Washburn, North Dakota. Responsibilities included managing drilling programs for coal quality and field hydrology studies and computer modeling of coal reserves. During this time, he completed some graduate course work from Wright State University, Ohio. In 1983, Paul became a member of the American Institute of Professional Geologists.
Paul Sagaser (1978) is the president of PLS, Inc., an oil consulting company. Following graduation, Paul worked for 2 years with Brownlie, Wallace, Armstrong, and Bander, a geological consulting company. He then started PLS, Inc., and since 1981 has been evaluating oil and gas production potential for wells drilled in the Williston Basin of North Dakota and Montana. In recent years, NDSU graduates Casey Friese, Jason Ruen, and Matthew Walto, have worked for PLS, Inc.
Glenn Wollan (1979) is employed by the North Dakota Industrial Commission, Oil and Gas Division. From 1979-1982, Glenn worked as a field inspector of oil and gas production sites in western North Dakota for the North Dakota Geological Survey. He has worked for the NDIC Oil and Gas Division since 1982 and is currently the Field Supervisor and Reclamation Supervisor and is responsible for all inspections of oil and gas sites in North Dakota. Glenn's work address is: 600 E Boulevard, Bismarck, ND 58505-0840. W: (701) 328-8020. Fax: (701) 328-8022.
Dave Stewart (1979) is living in Todos Santos Cuchumatan in Guatemala. Dave grows corn, beans, and squash and is a general handyman for folks in the region. Dave lives in a small adobe house with a tile roof. He is trying to hand-dig a well into Triassic sandstones/siltstones; after 20 m, however, he still hasn't hit water.