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Careers: Alumni Profiles

John Vanderlaan '95

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR MAJOR?

"I took a geology course at the recommendation of a friend. From then on I was fascinated with the earth's processes and mechanisms."

MEMORIES OF CALVIN

"The geology department field trips are some very good memories."

WHAT AT CALVIN PREPARED YOU FOR YOUR CAREER?

"Calvin prepared me well by having a focus on writing. So-called 'writing enhanced' courses gave me a solid start in learning technical writing."

LIFE AFTER CALVIN

"I worked at a warehouse for a couple of years after graduating, then went to graduate school to pursue a master's degree in remote sensing. While there I took a course in shallow geophysics and got hooked on the ability to "see" underground. After earning a master's degree in geophysics, I worked for a small consulting company in Indianapolis that also did quite a bit of geophysical work on the side. After 7 years working there, my partner and I started our own company specializing in geophysics alone.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING NOW?

Currently vice president/geophysicist for Prism GeoImaging in Fishers, Indiana.

"On a day-to-day basis my partner and I market our services, talk to clients about how we might be of service on their projects and write proposals. For the projects we get, we then find the equipment, go collect the data, analyze it, write a report and generate the figures.

ADVICE TO CURRENT STUDENTS

"Take as many credits as you can, you'll probably never have the opportunity to absorb as much learning as you do right now. Take some computer programming classes, because whatever you do for a living, you will be more successful if you can make a computer do what you (or others) want it to do. Take some business classes so that you understand how companies are run. Take a sales course, because you will have to sell something sometime in your career, be it yourself, your ideas, your capabilities or your services. And finally, marvel at God's providence as you look back over your life, because it helps you learn to recognize His providence in your present circumstance."

Major/minor

geology/environmental studies

Career tags

geological consulting, geoimaging

Contact

jvanderlaan@prismgeo.com