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I'm an environmental engineer living in Alaska. Occupationally, I specialize in groundwater and soil contamination by fuel hydrocarbons, but I also do investigations and clean-ups of solvents, heavy metals, pesticides, asbestos and lead-based paint. My education was in chemical engineering at UC Berkeley. My professional registration is as a civil engineer. During my "seven-year itinerant bum phase" I built, sold and programmed computers, worked in a ski shop, lead backpacking trips, taught first aid and installed solar systems (hot water, not planets!). I read a ton of non-fiction including my wife's medical journals lying around the house, although my favorite for a concise summary of recent advances is the weekly "Science News". Recreationally, I canoe, X-C ski, travel domestically and internationally, and hike A LOT. I believe I should be able to "hike my age" so this summer, I'll do a 45-mile dayhike. If you want to reach me, post a question with "Alaska" in it.

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    8 AnswersLas Vegas1 decade ago