Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Newton Horace Winchell School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

2015 Career Panel

Tuesday, April 28

A Panel Discussion on Geoscience Careers in Private Firms and Public Agencies

3:30 PM in the Winchell Reading Room on the 2nd floor of Pillsbury Hall

Moderated by Peter Hudleston

Refreshments courtesy of the Department of Earth Sciences

Learn about careers outside of academia in the geosciences! This event aims to give undergraduate and graduate students a sense of how to prepare for employment in a private firm or government agency, and provides an opportunity to interact with prominent local professionals in various geoscience fields. 


Dan Holte is a Vice President and a member of the Braun Intertec Board of Directors, and the Strategic Management Team at Braun Intertec. He also serves as a principal scientist in the Environmental Consulting Group at Braun Intertec where his clients are involved with facility acquisitions, property redevelopment and environmental compliance assessments. His duties also include strategic transactional consulting, technical review of project scopes and serving as a regulatory agency liaison. Since joining Braun Intertec in 1988, Dan has cultivated a client list that includes urban redevelopers, private equity firms and foundations. Dan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of St. Thomas.  He enjoys outdoor recreational activities, bicycling and playing bridge.


Bruce D. Johnson is a Principal Geologist at the Summit Envirosolutions, Inc. St. Paul, Minnesota office, with over 29 years of experience in environmental assessment and remediation projects related to real estate, petroleum, and mining activities throughout the United States.  Mr. Johnson manages projects with soil- and groundwater-related issues, including industrial, petroleum, and agricultural chemical impacts and voluntary cleanups, and has implemented innovative remedial solutions. Mr. Johnson has served as an expert witness on cases involving the petroleum and mining issues. He has also served as president of the local chapter of American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) and was the Geologic Representative on the Minnesota Board of AELSLAGID. He was a Subject Matter Expert (SME) with the Council of Examiners (COE) of the Association of State Board of Geologist (ASBOG). Mr. Johnson is a licensed Professional Geologist in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Tennessee, and Utah, along with being a Certified Groundwater Professional in Iowa. Johnson got his start with a degree in Geology from the University of Minnesota. 

Laura Scheid is a licensed professional geologist in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas, and Indiana with expertise in geology, hydrogeology, environmental geology, and geophysics.  Ms. Scheid started her career with the United States Geological Survey in Reston, Virginia as a Research Assistant.  Now at WSP for nearly 17 years, Ms. Scheid applies her hydrogeological expertise to projects involving: petroleum and solvent storage facilities; existing and former manufacturing facilities; releases from petroleum pipelines and terminals; hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facilities; agricultural releases, underground storage tank releases; and landfills.   Ms. Scheid also assists with environmental compliance projects, human health risk assessments, and conducts Phase I due diligence evaluations as part of mergers and acquisitions.


Shanna Schmitt graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a B.S. in Geology.  Shanna has been working as a geologist since 2003, first at Terracon Consultants and then at the MN Pollution Control Agency in the Brownfields Program.  Shanna is licensed as a Professional Geologist in MN and will soon be a Certified PG through AIPG.  Shanna has worked on a variety of projects including Phase I ESAs, Phase II Investigations, Hazardous Material Surveys, monitoring, RAPs, Implementation Reports, institutional controls, etc.  Shanna is currently learning the details of incremental sampling and the details of the Superfund Program.


Catherine J. Stott is a graduate of the University of Minnesota (2000) with degrees in geology and geological engineering.  She is licensed in Minnesota as both a professional engineer and professional geologist.   As an environmental consultant, she has worked on investigation and remediation projects across the country.  She has extensive experience in environmental site assessments, remediation system design, and performance monitoring. She is employed as a Senior Environmental Engineer at Burns & McDonnell’s Minneapolis-Saint Paul office.  Burns & McDonnell is 100% employee owned, full-service engineering firm with over 5,000 employees nationwide.  


This event was jointly organized by Nathan Gruman (Braun Intertec) and Josh Feinberg.