Meet our Alumni: Douglas Silver, MS '80

Doug Silver sits on a boulder gazing at a rock in his hand, fishing pole by his side.

CEO & Chairman at Balfour Holdings, Inc.

Advice for current Geosciences students:
You have the privilege of working with some of the brightest minds in Geosciences. Don’t squander it. They are teaching you science and the ability to think. Your greatest gift is mastering thinking and not mineral formulas.

I thought I knew what I wanted to do when I got out of school. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Start with what they teach you and apply it to the best of your abilities. But once you get established, if you are feeling hollow from your job, try something different. I always followed my heart and have been rewarded time and again.

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