Meet our Alumni: Gene Suemnicht, MS '77

Gene Suemnicht holding a map and speaking at the summit of Mammoth Mountain in Long Valley caldera

CEO and Chief Geologist at EGS, Inc.

I still get to do some remote forays. They usually involve less climbing than the Catalinas but still include some mapping and a lot of geochemical sampling. We are currently doing wellsite supervision for a project on the Island of Montserrat in the Lesser Antilles. Our drillsite is built on the flank of the Soufriere Hills volcano right up against the block/ash flows and lahars that wiped out the capitol city of Plymouth in 1995-96. The volcano still interrupts us occasionally. It has experienced major eruptive pulses every three years. The last big pulse was in 2010. Always good to be close to the action.

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Please describe your career path:
After leaving UA, I worked for Unocal Geothermal for 17+ years, and then around the industry, eventually settling as Exploration and Development Manager for ORMAT.  I finally linked up wtih Paul Brophy, a long-time friend and colleague, who founded EGS in 1995.

I've worked in geothermal exploration and development throughout the western United States, Canada, Central and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia and been the technical lead or project manager for geothermal exploration efforts, field development projects, power plant decommissioning and environmental remediation. I was responsible for the geologic evaluation and planning of geothermal development for Unocal Geothermal in The Geysers in northern California and in the Imperial Valley in southern California.