Biosketch:

Justin Janaskie
First Degree (Ole Miss): Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering - May 2005
Second Degree (Ole Miss): Master of Science in Engineering Science - Geological Engineering - May 2008
First Job: 2006 - Client Representative / GIS Specialist / Marine Geoscientist - AOA Geophysics - India
Current Job: Senior Vice President - MAG Aerospace - Huntsville, AL

Cool stuff I get to do:

While my career has slowly changed from being focused solely on oil and gas exploration to now focusing on defense, aviation and aerospace, the best part has been the continued travel and ability to see and experience the world. I have traveled to nearly 50 countries, 6 continents and visited 6 of the Seven Wonders of the World, with the intent to visit my last continent, Australia, and the Great Wall of China, my last of the Seven Wonders of the World, this summer. Each place and each program/project has been unique, whether it was working on a 300' ship in the middle of the Bay of Bengal mapping the ocean floor or using commercial satellite and airborne hyperspectral data to support counter-narcoterrorism efforts in Latin America. Experiencing the development and implementation of cutting edge technology like UAS platforms and the sensors they use to provide security for US Forces or simply to provide low-cost alternatives to environmental mapping, the possibilities are endless for applicability from a background in Geology and Geological Engineering.

The ability to continue the drive to learn new things from difficult systems engineering projects is paramount to the success in many of these fields. Always learning from people who specialize in one thing will allow you to better yourself and identify the best career progression, whether it is into management or to continue to refine and become a subject matter expert in a particular area of interest. The people that I have met in the past and the people that I work with on a day-to-day basis really are one of the most enjoyable parts of my job because of our common goals and a truly team-focused approach.

Value of a degree from Ole Miss:

The experiences that I gained from being in the Geological Engineering program at Ole Miss, were paramount to my success. I gained knowledge in a broad background of topics while in the program, which eventually allowed me to focus on GIS and Remote Sensing. That catapulted me into the oil and gas exploration world and then continued on to working on data analytics for the US Government in ways never imagined.

Related Links:

http://www.magaero.com

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Biosketch:

April Cameron
August 2016 - Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering
Underground Storage Tank Technical Project Manager - Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Jackson, MS

Cool stuff I get to do:

Recently, I visited a gas station that had soil and groundwater contamination on its property. After two in depth assessments, contamination was discovered across the street from the gas station. As a result, a Dual Phase Vacuum Extraction (DPVE) system, recovery vaults, and piping needed to be installed to remediate the site. The main remedial objectives are free product removal, soil vapor extraction, and contaminated groundwater removal. Instead of digging a trench, across Main Street, to place the underground piping, the contractors chose to use a Ditch Witch to drill a 16” diameter underground bore. The picture on the left shows two pieces of piping being “welded” together after a 400°F metal plate heated both ends. Once the piping cooled, it was attached to the end of the Ditch Witch and pulled underground.

The most fun I have had in my career is designing and installing automated monitoring systems at some of the biggest Dam Safety Remediation Projects in the world. This work has enabled me to bridge my love of all things tech and gadgets with my Geological Engineering background. Being able to design systems for projects such as Wolf Creek Dam in Kentucky, East Branch Dam in Pennsylvania, and most recently the Mosul Dam Project in Northern Iraq, has allowed me to work and learn alongside some of the industry’s best.

Value of a degree from Ole Miss:

My degree from Ole Miss has been invaluable for my career. With each class, my professors prepared me for the technical analysis and risk assessment of soil and groundwater contamination. My background in Geology and Engineering has provided endless possibilities for my future; and for that, I am grateful for my time at Ole Miss!

Related Links:

www.mdeq.ms.gov/
www.mdeq.ms.gov/water/groundwater-assessment-and-remediation/underground-storage-tanks/

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Biosketch:

Bill Walker
2006 - B.S. Geological Engineering; 2008 - M.S. Geological Engineering (hydro)
US Army Corps of Engineers (2008 - present)

Cool stuff I get to do:

Since starting with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District in 2008, I have had the privilege of working on some of the nation’s most critical infrastructure. In my career with USACE I have had the opportunity to work on deep foundation dam remediations, design stream bank protection, design/build automated dam safety monitoring systems, and participate in risk assessments across the country.

The most fun I have had in my career is designing and installing automated monitoring systems at some of the biggest Dam Safety Remediation Projects in the world. This work has enabled me to bridge my love of all things tech and gadgets with my Geological Engineering background. Being able to design systems for projects such as Wolf Creek Dam in Kentucky, East Branch Dam in Pennsylvania, and most recently the Mosul Dam Project in Northern Iraq, has allowed me to work and learn alongside some of the industry’s best.

Value of a degree from Ole Miss:

The value of my degrees from Ole Miss is not just in the academic preparation to enter the workforce able to hit the ground running, but also the ability to foster meaningful professional relationships.

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