Kentucky’s State Geologist named; also will be director of KGS

Dr. William C. Haneberg
Dr. William C. Haneberg

New hire is a research professor at UK

LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 27, 2016) — Dr. William C. Haneberg has been named Kentucky’s State Geologist, effective Sept. 1. Haneberg will also serve as the director of the Kentucky Geological Survey (KGS).

Haneberg, a native of Cleveland, is a research professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. He has more than 25 years of experience as a university geology teacher, researcher and administrator in the office of the state geologist in New Mexico, and consultant. Since October 2011, he has worked in Houston for an American subsidiary of the Dutch geoscience and engineering firm Fugro N.V., where he is a senior consultant and quantitative geohazards group leader.

Haneberg earned a doctorate in geology from the University of Cincinnati in 1989. His expertise includes geologic hazard and risk assessment, geomechanics, structural geology, hydrogeology and the use of geologic information to support planning and policy decision-making. He is author or co-author of more than 160 technical abstracts and papers on topics ranging from deep-sea landslides to Himalayan glaciation. Haneberg received the 2006 Claire P. Holdredge Award from the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists for his 2004 book, “Computational Geosciences with Mathematica.” He was the 2011 Richard H. Jahns Distinguished Lecturer in Engineering Geology and is an elected Fellow of the Geological Society of America.

Former State Geologist and KGS Director Jim Cobb retired in July 2014, after serving in that capacity for 14 years.

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