The Arizona Geological Survey (AZGS) recently hired Chris Hanson as its first ever Deputy Director. Chris joins the AZGS with more than 17 years leadership experience, including senior positions with the American Society of Civil Engineers as Director of the Coasts, Oceans, Ports & Rivers Institute, and also with the National Society of Professional Engineers, International Dark Skies Association, and the Critical Path Institute.
Chris' experience also includes working in
state government earth science and environmental programs, having served
previously with AZGS to help develop its successful $21 million grant
funded project with the U.S. Department of Energy to populate and deploy the
National Geothermal Data System, and with the New Jersey Department of
Environmental Protection in both field operations and in its planning
office. Chris has earned the Certified Association Executive designation
through the American Society of Association Executives.
Over the past 15 years, Chris has focused
on developing, implementing, and managing complex scientific and
technical programs across diverse disciplines. This makes him the ideal
selection as our deputy director.
AZGS operates in an entrepreneurial model
where grants and contracts account for 90% of its funding to support
AZGS's mission to make the state safer from natural hazards and to
support the wise use of Arizona's natural resources. AZGS is also
increasingly a leader in national and international cyberinfrastructure
for the geosciences.