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Roy Shlemon -- 2003 Outstanding Alumnus
Master of Science - 1959 - Geology
California native Roy Shlemon is best known for his expertise in applied geology, particularly for siting nuclear power plants and other large engineered structures throughout the world. After earning a Ph.D. at Berkeley, he pursued an academic career at the University of California, Davis, and Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. For the past 30 years, he has provided technical consulting and expert witness services to government agencies, legal firms, private developers, and utility companies.
An active supporter of student scholarship, Shlemon is a major contributor to a Geological Society of America (GSA) program, The Roy J. Shlemon Mentor Program in Applied Geology.
Designed to acquaint graduate and undergraduate students with careers in applied geoscience, the program sends mentors, practicing in various fields of applied geoscience, to give students free informational talks, focusing on opportunities and challenges in this area.
In addition, Shlemon funds two other award programs though the engineering geology division of GSA: the Roy J. Shlemon Awards, which cover costs for students who are involved with field trips and short courses offered through GSA, and the Roy J. Shlemon Scholarship Awards, annually awarded to four graduate students in engineering geology. HIS commitment to the University of Wyoming Department of Geology and Geophysics is made apparent be the establishment of the Roy J. Shlemon Graduate Fellowships, which qualified for the state match.
Through these graduate fellowships, The UW Department of Geology and Geophysics will be able to continue to attract excellent graduate students. To qualify for this fellowship award, students must include field studies in their graduate program. Shlemon believes that field investigation give students the practical experience needed for any geological model and for practical decision making. “My education at UW gave me great training, “Shlemon said, “And because I have enjoyed a successful career, I think it is appropriate to give something back.”l