Join us in hearing from Tom Chidsey, this year's recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award for the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences.
Lecture: Life Lessons as a Student of the Earth
Time: Thursday, October 19, 11 AM
Location: C215 ESC
Tom Chidsey, an Emeritus Senior Scientist for the Utah Geological Survey (UGS), officially retired in 2020 after 31 years of service. Tom graduated magna cum laude from BYU with a BS and MS in geology. During his 45-year career, Tom worked for Exxon in South Texas and for Celsius/Wexpro (now Dominion Energy) in Salt Lake City, generating 70 oil and gas drilling prospects. While with UGS, Tom researched Utah petroleum geology, carbon dioxide resources and sequestration, hydrogeology, microbial carbonates, Mars rover protocols, and the general geology of Utah’s parks. He has authored or co-authored over 170 papers and 100 abstracts, also working as editor or co-editor of 13 geologic books and bulletins. He served on the BYU Geology Alumni Board from 2002 to 2020 and has been a member of the CPMS Volunteer Leadership Council since 2007. Tom continues to enjoy leading field trips, giving lectures, and conducting core workshops for geologic societies, the public, and universities— especially BYU. Tom and his wife, Mary, have two sons, one daughter, and nine grandchildren.