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Devin Fitzgerald, Geological Sciences Alumni Advisory Board Member

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Devin Fitzgerald

Marietta College B.S. Geology '13, Ohio University M.S. Geology '15

I grew up in the small town of New Concord, Ohio east of Columbus, Ohio. I attended Marietta College and majored in Geology while obtaining a minor in Petroleum Engineering. I had the opportunity to intern with four different oil and gas companies while at Marietta, all within the Appalachian Basin: Artex Oil, Eastern Mountain Fuel Geoscience, Inc., EQT, and Range Resources. I did my senior capstone project at Marietta College on the Utica/Point Pleasant interval right in the middle of the first shale boom. After spending the next summer in Pennsylvania, I came back to Ohio to work full-time with Eastern Mountain Fuel (EMF) and jumped into Ohio University's Geology graduate program. Thanks to EMF and Dr. Greg Nadon, I had the pleasure of writing the M.S. thesis on sequence stratigraphy, provenance, and clay mineralogy of Ordovician shales in Eastern Ohio. All data and research were funded by EMF and Artex Energy Group.

EMF Geoscience, Inc. is a consulting exploration and investment company located in Marietta that assists oil companies in identifying the best prospects to be drilled. EMF specializes in seismic interpretation, well log analysis, and well site geology. Daily, I observe sequence stratigraphy trends, analyze well logs, calculate petrophysical characteristics, and map subsurface formations and structures. All with the goal of finding hydrocarbons and plays that generate the best economic return for our clientele. Working for a small company in the oil and gas industry is exciting because you are directly involved in the business and the science side. I am currently responsible for all Business Development activity for EMF, which includes structuring deals, managing company investments, client relationships, and overseeing all consulting projects.

I was extremely lucky that Marietta College was successful in getting their students summer internships and full-time job placement. Ohio University then helped transform me into a well-rounded geologist. My goal in joining the Ohio University Geological Sciences Alumni Advisory Board is to give back by assisting students to find opportunities they never knew existed.

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