EEC Environmental (EEC) Vice President and Principal Hydrogeologist, Mark Zeko, was presented with the 2014 Geological Sciences Alumni of the Year Award at Cal State Fullerton’s Department of Geological Sciences’ 5th Annual Geology Research Day. Mark was honored for his continued commitment to the Department as well as his ongoing contributions to the environmental industry.
Mark graduated from C.S.U.F. with a Bachelor of Science in Geology in 1987 and a Master of Science in Environmental Science / Hydrogeology in 1994. Since then, Mark has built a career as a renowned professional in the environmental industry specializing in the remediation of groundwater, soil, and soil vapor impacted by industrial and commercial land uses.
Mark is a registered professional geologist/hydrogeologist in 14 states whose distinguished career in geology has led him throughout the United States and abroad. During his career, he has presented numerous lectures at both scientific and trade association conferences.
He is currently pursuing expansion opportunities in California’s emerging and hotly debated hydraulic fracturing, or fracking industry where he seeks to help devise regulations and guidelines for the safe and environmentally responsible extraction of natural resources using this method. The issue is now at the forefront of policymaking efforts, especially in California, which is expected to set a precedent for regulation of the American energy industry. Mark currently speaks throughout the country on the emerging policies, risks, and opportunities that will give shape to the fracking industry in the coming years.
Mark has employed many C.S.U.F. alumni at EEC and generously volunteers his knowledge and time to mentor C.S.U.F. undergraduates in developing successful careers. Through his and his wife, Janet’s (also a C.S.U.F. alum), donations the C.S.U.F. Department of Geological Sciences was able to hold its first annual alumni event this past fall 2013.
For his professional accomplishments and personal commitment to the C.S.U.F. Department of Geological Sciences, Mark is a prime example to the CSUF community, and the professional community at large, of the value of a C.S.U.F. education and therefore deserves to be named the Geological Sciences Alumni of the Year in 2014.
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