Tom has a BS in geology from Western Washington University (1983) and an MS in geological engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno (2002). In 1984, he started work with the Washington State Department of Transportation, monitoring instrumentation for the I-90 Mt. Baker Tunnel project. Tom has been employed with WSDOT since, served as the Chief Engineering Geologist, and retired in 2017. During his 30-year tenure with WSDOT, he’s had the good fortune of working with many talented professionals on a great variety of transportation-related earthwork and structure projects, as well as many landslide and rockfall remediation projects.
eHe is a past chair (2000 and 2002) of the Washington Section of AEG, and a past chair (2003-2009) of the Engineering Geology Committee for the Transportation Research Board, National Academy of Sciences. He is licensed in Washington State as an engineering geologist, hydrogeologist, and professional (civil) engineer. In March of 2018, Tom lectured on “Geology, gravity and growth of landslides in Washington.” (Updated Oct. 2021)