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Operational Committees

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Operational Committees Descriptions:

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Advocacy Committee 
The AEG Advocacy Committee provides ideas, insight, and tools for all members of AEG to become advocates for the professions of environmental and engineering geology. The Committee recognizes that there are many audiences that need to know about our profession, and each audience hears our message from different perspectives. These audiences include legislators and the voters who elect them; industry decision-makers and project owners; collateral professionals; educators, from K-12 through post-graduate; the general public; and the next generation of geoscience professionals. The AEG Advocacy Committee also recognizes its role as facilitator for the Association Liaison Representatives.  [Co-Chairs: Phyllis Steckel, Open]

Annual Meeting
Individual Committees are appointed by the host chapter to plan and carry out the activities of each Annual Meeting. The individual Committee is formed usually two or three years ahead of the Annual Meeting and carries through the final report, generally six months following the Annual Meeting. Each Committee is responsible for the financial, logistical, and technical planning of an Annual Meeting and is expected to report progress to the Board at stated intervals. 

2018 Annual Meeting Committee [Co-Chairs: Sarah Kalika, Gary Luce and Coralie Wilhite]

Meetings Advisory Committee
The Meetings Advisory Committee provides guidance and technical assistance to the current Annual Meeting Planning Committee and any other nationally sponsored conference.  The committee also maintains a continuity of experience and management of the Association's National Meetings. The Committee updates the Annual Meeting Guidebook following each meeting to ensure its accuracy. This Committee is also responsible for the development and implementation of the strategies related to National Meeting goals in the Association's Strategic Plan. [Co-Chairs: Sarah Kalika, Madeline German]

Past Meeting Logos      Past Meeting Themes

The Awards Committee is responsible for: a) the Claire P. Holdredge Award, which is given to an AEG member who publishes a paper deemed to be an outstanding contribution to Engineering Geology; b) the Floyd T. Johnston Service Award, which recognizes outstanding service to the Association by a member to the Association; and c) the Douglas R. Piteau Outstanding Young Member Award for exceptional achievement in Engineering Geology by an AEG member under 35 years of age. [Chair: Rosalind Munro]

Chapter Support 
The Chapter Support Committee is responsible for actively assisting and supporting Chapters and their programs. In addition, the Committee is responsible for the development and implementation of the strategies related to Chapter Support goals in the Association's Strategic Plan. [Co-Chairs: TBD]

The Communications Committee oversees the Association's publications and website, and is responsible for maintaining their continuing quality. They advise the Executive Council and the Board of ways that publications and other media may be improved; and initiate and respond to proposals for enhancing communications within the Association and with outside audiences. Members of the committee include the co-directors, the publications/media managers, and other interested members; the committee is overseen by the Vice President of the Association. [Co-Directors: Matt Brunengo, Ryan Marsters]

AEG Publications (most distributed primarily or exclusively in digital form):

Environmental & Engineering Geoscience (E&EG)Published for more than 30 years as the Bulletin of the Association of Engineering Geologists, the authoritative journal in its field; renamed in 1995. It became a joint publication of AEG and the Geological Society of America, and was broadened to include articles on topics in the applied environmental and hydrological geosciences. E&EG contains new theory, applications, and case histories illustrating the dynamics of the fast-growing applied environmental and engineering disciplines. It continues familiar features such as the Geology of Cities series, offering scientific insights into geological factors controlling urban challenges and opportunities; technical notes on current topics; a comment and reply forum for discussion among authors and readers; memorials to geologists of note; and book reviews of interest to practicing professionals. Four issues are published annually, with about 500 pages total. [Abdul Shakoor and Brian Katz, Editors] 

Current E&EG issue - Must be logged in to view. A preview is available for non-members.

AEG News
- The Association's quarterly publication contains information on the profession, reports on committee and chapter activities, messages from the President and other officers, short technical articles, and other information of interest to the membership. AEG News is published in March, April, July, September and December. [Chrissey Villeneuve and Ashley Wachhaus, Co-Editors]  

Current AEG News issue

Annual Report & Directory of the Association of Engineering Geologists Includes annual reports of Association officers, awards, sponsors, members’ contact information, chapter rosters, links to the Constitution, Bylaws, and Policy Statements, and other Association information. The Directory is published annually in March. [Chrissey Villeneuve and Ashley Wachhaus, Co-Editors; Andrea Ptak, Managing Editor/Production]

Annual Meeting Program with Abstracts
– Published annually in advance of AEG’s autumn convention; greetings, meeting schedules, hotel and city information, conference and exhibit room locations, exhibitors and sponsors. [Chrissey Villeneuve and Ashley Wachhaus, Co-Editors; Andrea Ptak, Managing Editor/Production]

Special Publications - Focus on specific topics of interest and value to practicing professionals in the fields of engineering, environmental and groundwater geology. Communications Committee and Special Publications Manager (coordinating with Technical Working Group managers) oversee publications from initial concept and analysis of interest, through editing, production and distribution. The committee is responsible for obtaining Executive Council approval for proposed publications, and establishes document formats and quality control procedures for approved publications. [William K. Smith, SP Manager] 

Geology of Cities - The "Cities of the World" technical papers explain (in long form) the engineering and/or environmental geologic factors controlling challenges and opportunities in major world urban centers. The articles have appeared since 1982 in the AEG Bulletin, later in Environmental & Engineering Geoscience, and soon in e-book format. Manuscripts for the series are managed by the Cities Manager as well as subcommittees of volunteer reviewers. [Joseph Krupansky, Cities Manager]

AEG Insider - Created in January 2013, the Insider is AEG's weekly e-mail newsletter and is sent to members and non-member subscribers each Thursday. It contains news of the Association, short articles and links to interesting stories relating to applied geology. Content is managed by Headquarters staff and may be submitted to

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Social Media - The Association maintains a presence on several social media platforms.
Facebook: Submit content to with "Facebook posting" in the subject line.
Linked In: Request to join the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists - AEG group. Posts and comments can be made by any group member.
Twitter: Keep up to date with AEG's tweets and tags: @AEGweb

Website - AEG's website is managed through Headquarters staff. Submit content or comments to

Continuing Education
The Continuing Education Committee is charged with developing continuing education opportunities for the Association and its Chapters. [Co-Chairs: Open]

The Finance Committee's primary mission is to review the budget of AEG and advise and educate BOD and AEG Members about financial matters independent of the BOD's Executive Council. [Chair: Niall Henshaw] [Co-Chair: Brook Brosi ] The Finance Committee email is:

The Governance Committee is charged with reporting to the Board of Directors (BOD) on the following aspects: 1) review and summarize options for governance structure, policy, and by-laws, 2) provide training and monitor performance of the BOD and Executive Council (EC), and 3) interact with the BOD, EC and other associated committees. The committee is made up of current and/or former BOD members who are not serving on the EC. [Chair:Renee Wawczak ].  The Governance Committee email is:

Honorary Member Screening 
The Honorary Member Screening Committee shall consist of the President as Chair, two immediate living Past Presidents, and two Honorary Members appointed by the President. The Committee shall review all Honorary Member nominations received each year and review each candidate based on the defined criteria. The Committee will make its recommendation to the Board for approval. [Chair:]

K-12 Education
The K-12 Education Committee advocates the science of geology in K-12 education. The committee is responsible for leading initiatives in K-12 Education, being responsive to K-12 issues, and advocating the professions within the geologic sciences to K-12 students and educators. When a new member joins our committee their background and experience helps to provide opportunities for implementation of innovative solutions to K-12 geoscience issues, resulting in a better K-12 geology education for children across the country. [Chair: Ryan Fandray]

The Licensure Committee's primary function is to provide the Association with guidance and support in its implementation of the AEG Policy on Licensure. [Co-Chairs: Ken Neal, Charles Nestle]


The Nominations Committee consists of the last three (3) living Past Presidents of the Association. The most recent living Past President serves as the Manager. The Nominations Committee selects, from the membership, possible nominees to serve as Officers of the Association and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors for selection of such members. Each nominee is contacted by the Committee to determine his or her willingness to serve, company support, and availability of time in the specified office, if elected. The Nominations Committee recommends to the Board, for approval, a candidate for each office. [Co-Chair: Dale Andrews]

Strategic Initiative

The Strategic Initiative Committee is charged with coordinating successful implementation of AEG's Strategic Plan. This committee is also charged with reviewing and updating the Strategic Plan on a regular basis, with input from various sources including the AEG membership, other geoscience organizations, and outside experts on strategic planning and implementation. The committee is made up of AEG Board members, AEG Executive Council members, and AEG Foundation members. [Co-Chairs: Nate Saraceno, Curt Schmidt]

Student & Young Professional Support 
The Student & Young Professional Support Committee is responsible for the development and implementation of strategies related to supporting and increasing student and young professional members, and related goals in the Association's Strategic Plan. [Co-Chairs: Kevin Mininger, Morley Beckman]


Committee positions are available. Please email AEG.

Committee Responsibilities

Association Committees are formed and managed to provide service to the membership, as and when needed. Committee Managers should strive to meet the following minimal goals for each year of tenure:

a.) provide the AEG News Co-Editors with a Committee activity report, news item, meeting notice, or important literature references each quarter;
b.) seek to organize and hold symposia at Annual Meetings, and in cooperation or as a co-sponsor with other professional/technical societies and organizations;
c.) organize and present individual papers at Chapter and Annual Meetings;
d.) promote the publication of Journal papers dealing with the specialty topic of the Committee;
e.) innovate other areas of activity appropriate to the Committee; and
f.) provide semi-annual report of activities, to the Vice President/President-Elect, at least 30 days prior to each Board of Director's meeting.

Committees are activated or deactivated by the President, in consultation with the Executive Council and/or Board of Directors.  Managers are appointed by the President and Committee activities are managed by the Vice President/President-Elect, as Coordinator of Committees. Managers hold office for an indefinite period of time, based on personal interest and productivity and the pleasure of the President.

Coordinator of Committees

The Vice President/President-Elect is the Coordinator of Committees and shall provide coordination among the committees; liaison between the committees and the Board; and distributing Association information to various committee managers.

Standing Committees

Standing Committees are permanent Committees that implement the objectives of the Association and provide continuity concerning certain business and administrative functions of the Association. The managers of Standing Committees are appointed by the President from among Members of the Association. Committee activities are generally reviewed semi-annually in the AEG News.
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