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November 4, 2015: Robert D. Campbell, P.G., C.E.G., Q.S.D.

Rob Campbell is a UC Davis graduate (B.S. 1989), a Professional Geologist, and a California Certified Engineering Geologist, who strives to provide creative solutions for difficult environmental and geological situations.  He will speak on lessons learned, especially moving from college into professional life (having a plan).  The crux of the open discussion will be to inspire the students and other professionals in the audience to use their passion and talent to do good for others.  According to Rob, “If you want to make money, do not become a geologist.  If you want a passionate job, which assists others and our world, then be a geologist.  Once you are passionate and happy, money will always come…whatever profession you hold.”  He also notes “our industry requires people with high integrity, intelligence, and passion, in order to render effective solutions to the myriad of problems and concerns realized in our State, County and world, everyday.”  Come join us to welcome Rob back as a speaker.

Location: UC Davis Earth and Planetary Sciences; Moores Conference Room, 1st Floor• 2119 Earth and Physical Sciences • UC Davis • One Shields Avenue • Davis. CA 95616

TIME: 6 pm to 7:30 pm

December 2, 2015: To be announced.  Stay tuned!
Questions: James Jacobs; tel: 510-590-1098; jjaobs@clearwatergroup.com

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The Career as a Professional Geologist – Consulting and Service with Passion

Abstract - Rob Cambell
UC Davis

In the quest for a career as a consulting geologist, obtaining a Professional Geologist (PG) license is critical to perform professional geological work. The crux of performing work as a licensed PG is having strong ethics and integrity in order to develop and foster a good reputation. Many times in the course of your careers, these issues will pivot around completing a project on time and on budget. This will likely generate conflicts between the client’s interests and the interests of the general public, and/or governing agency. PG professional opinions are used to obtain clarity in difficult projects, such as geological hazard assessments, hydrogeological assessments, and environmental assessments focused on planning and development.

From the moment I graduated from UCD in 1989 to finding my first geology job, to career fumbles to highlights will be discussed. From this discussion, past consulting examples of poor ethics and poor integrity will be discussed and evaluated to garner alternative solutions for the problems initially rendered. Definition of standard of care practices for PGs will also be discussed. Consulting geologists current and future work opportunities, and lines of specialties for geoscience careers will be explored.

For more information see The Career as a Professional Geologist – Consulting and Service with Passion

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Geologist Licensing

California (Practice/Specialties) - (916) 263-2113
CA Board for Geologists and Geophysicists
E-mail: geology@dca.ca.gov

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California Council of Geoscience Organizations (CCGO)

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California Section Officers

James A. Jacobs, CPG 707
View Point Road
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Work: (415) 381-5195
Cell: 510-590-1098
Fax: (415) 381-5816

Vice President
Dave A. Sadoff, CPG 18309
Pepper St.
Castro Valley, CA 94546
Work: (415) 836-7261
Fax: (415) 836-3167

Karel L. Detterman
3197 Cromwell Pl.
Hayward, CA 94542
Work: (510) 638-8400 x127
Fax: (510) 638-8404


Mark Rogers, CPG 60
East 4th Street, Apt #309
Long Beach, CA 90802
Work: (323) 224-8300
Fax: (323) 224-8954

Mehmet Pehlivan, CPG
Bays Environmental Remediation Management
Direct: 714-782-7497
Cell: 714-719-6854

Other Speakers and Advisors:
Stephen M. Testa, CPG,
John Parrish, CPG,
Rob Sydnor , CPG

UC Davis AIPG Student Section
Advisor: Professor Robert Zierenberg
President of Student Section: Paul Edwards
UC Davis Section Sponsor; James Jacobs


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