NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY
- FARGO, N D
Lance Loken (1985) is President of Western Plains Consulting, Inc. (WPC), an environmental, regulatory and natural resources consulting firm based in Bismarck, North Dakota. Prior to founding WPC in September 2004, Lance was co-founder of HPC (1993), was a soil scientist with the NRCS, and an industrial hygiene technician and geologist/soil scientist with Braun Intertec.
Terry Ludlum (1985) is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist / RS for Fargo - Cass Public Health Department. Terry's responsibilities include the design and inspection of rural wastewater and water systems, provide response to hazardous releases associated with chemical or petroleum products, perform mandated public health and safety inspections of food service establishments, perform indoor/outdoor air quality testing, development of continuing education and training curriculum, investigate and resolve environmental health complaints or concerns.
Michael J. Gunderson (1986) is a geologist with Shaw Environmental and Infrastructure in Knoxville, Tennessee. In 1991, Mike completed his M.S. degree in geology at the University of Tennessee, where he studied acid drainage associated with highway construction. From 1991-98, Mike worked for Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, Inc. as a geologist under the U.S. Department of Energy's Hazardous Waste Remedial Actions Program. Following that, Mike worked for IT Corporation and Mactec Engineering. Mike conducts soil and groundwater investigations at a variety of Department of Defense sites, focusing mainly on former TNT manufacturing facilities.
Wayne Harris (1986) went on to to receive an M.S. in Geology from the Colorado School of Mines in 1991. Since then, he has worked for Conoco Inc. in New Orleans and Lafayette, and Landmark Graphics -- a leading developer of stratigraphic and geophysical software. After working for 2-3 years in a computer applications support role (two years in Oman), Wayne had the yearning to go back to the U.S. and find a job as an exploration geologist. In the fall of 1997, Amerada Hess Corporation made him an offer he couldn't refuse. Wayne is now an exploration geophysicist, working the deep and ultra-deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico in the search for hydrocarbons.
Keith Johnson (1986) is a geologist with Midwest Testing Laboratory in Fargo. Keith does geotechnical analyses of soils, including triaxial compression testing, flexible wall permeability analyses, and soils classification. He is also a North Dakota certified monitoring well contractor. His work address is: 4102 7th Ave. N, Fargo, ND 58102. W: (701) 282-9633. Fax: (701) 282-9635.
Melanie Kompelien Niday (1986) is employed by Short, Elliot, & Hendrickson, a consulting firm with corporate offices in St. Paul, Minnesota. Formerly, she was a project manager and hydrogeologist at Earth Tech, Inc. in Minneapolis. Melane has been responsible for conducting hydrogeologic investigations and ground water monitoring; designing long-term monitoring systems, ground water control structures, and on-site leachate treatment systems; and preparing drilling specifications, permitting documents, environmental assessments, and annual reports.
H. Scott Parkin (1986) is a hydrologist for the North Dakota State Water Commission in Bismarck. After graduating from NDSU, Scott taught science at Upham Public School. He then returned to NDSU to complete an M.S. degree in Soil Science. At the State Water Commission, Scott supervises water usage in aquifers across the state. His work address is: 900 East Blvd., Bismarck, ND 58505. W: (701) 328-3449.
Randy Roberts (1986) has started a private consulting firm, HydroResolutions, LLC. One of the projects Randy and his partners work on is with the Canadian nuclear repository program led by Ontario Power Generation. HydroResolutions designed the deep-borehole hydraulic testing equipment, and does all of the testing and analysis to determine the hydraulic properties of the geology down to a depth of about 850 m.
Richard (Rick) Steinke (1986) Since 2005, Rick has been a senior research engineer in the Research and Technology Department at Allied Mineral Products, Columbus, OH. Allied Mineral Products offers an extensive line of heat resistant refractory products. The products are used in industrial applications where resistance to heat, chemicals, and abrasion are required. Most of Rick's work revolves around the aluminum industry. Most of Rick's time is spent developing new products, providing customer support, licensee support and marketing support.
Roy Bartholomay (1987) has been named chief of the U.S.G.S. project office at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory headquartered in Idaho Falls.
Ty Fuglseth (1987) graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1991 with a MS in Marine Geology in 1991 with a thesis titled "Sediment mixing and accumulation rates in the Sulu and South China Seas: implications for organic carbon preservation in deep-sea environments." Ty worked at USC for a year constructing a radiocarbon dating lab and collecting cores on two research cruises to the mouth of the Amazon River. After working for a few years with environmental companies in the Carolinas, Ty returned to Minnesota to join Widseth Smith Nolting, an engineering, architecture, land surveying, and environmental consulting firm located in Brainerd, Crookston, and Alexandria, MN.
Bob Hawbaker (1987) is the industrial hygiene division manager for Environmental Science & Engineering in Englewood, Colorado. Bob moved here from Salt Lake City, where he spent 3.5 years working on a project that involved remediating and capping in place some historical mine tailings.located directly below the Bingham Canyon copper mine. The last portion of the job was cleaning the yards of approximately 100 residences in West Jordan because they had elevated levels of lead and arsenic in their soil from historical flooding of Bingham Creek which washed the tailings down. Bob has also worked with groundwater remediation and investigations associated with underground storage tanks and various other contaminants.
Rick Orth (1987) is a hydrogeologist for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Upon graduating from NDSU, Rick moved to Florida where he worked as a soil scientist for three years. Starting in 1990, he became employed as a hydrogeologist for the Department of Environmental Protection in Fort Myers.