Professional Achievement Award Winners
Professional Achievement Award recipients are alumni who have made important contributions to their careers or profession, to the social, political or economic well-being of the world around them and have shown continued community and civic involvement in addition to their association with and contributions to Idaho State University. Individuals selected for these prestigious awards have been out of school at least 10 years and have excelled in their chosen field, attaining significant success and accomplishments.
Mitchell Greer - Professional Achievement Award, College of Science & Engineering- Engineering
J. Mitchell Greer obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Idaho in 1992 and his Master of Science degree in environmental engineering from ISU in 2005. He is a professional engineer and professional land surveyor with 20 years of extensive experience in all aspects of civil engineering projects. In 1997, Greer founded Rocky Mountain Engineering and Surveying specializing in all aspects of civil, environmental, transportation and land-planning engineering and surveying. Under his leadership, RMES has grown to be one of the largest consulting engineering companies in Pocatello.
Jeffrey Geslin - Professional Achievement Award, College of Science & Engineering-Natural and Physical Sciences
Jeffrey Geslin received his undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Colorado, his master’s degree in geology from ISU in 1986, and in 1993 received his doctorate in geology from the University of California at Los Angeles. He is currently the senior technical consultant in stratigraphy at ExxonMobil. He has published more than 60 papers and abstracts on subjects including sequence stratigraphy, tectonics and sedimentation, provenance analysis, sandstone petrography and numerical modeling of fluvial systems. In 1998, Geslin joined Exxon Production Research as a researcher in sequence stratigraphy and has since held positions on projects in hydrocarbon production, development, exploration and in research.
2016 Outstanding Student Awards
Emerald Dawn Ryan - Outstanding Student Award, College of Science & Engineering- Engineering
A Pocatello native, Ryan will graduate with high honors and her Bachelor of Science degree in nuclear engineering and mechanical engineering with a minor in applied mathematics. She boasts a 3.97 GPA. Ryan was the recipient of multiple scholarships while an undergraduate, including the Presidential Scholarship, Nuclear 2+2 Fellowship, Jeppsen Math Scholarship, Owens Camara Scholarship, Eugene Magleby Scholarship, Samuel H. Bennion Honors Scholarship and several others. She has been on the dean’s list for nine semesters. Ryan is a member of the American Nuclear Society, Tau Beta Pi, Mortar Board and is a competitive target archer. She is currently working on her Master of Science degree in nuclear science and engineering and hopes to start work on her doctorate in nuclear science and engineering next year.
Christian T. Borg - Outstanding Student Award, College of Science & Engineering - Natural and Physical Sciences
Originally from Logan, Utah, with wonderful parents and three sisters, Borg grew up with sports and music. He was a varsity soccer player and pursued music through piano and sang with various groups and choirs. He graduated from high school in 2003, but didn’t attend college right away. He graduated in 2009 with an associate degree in general studies. Borg worked in retail and sales, banks and managed a music store before he returned to school in 2013 to complete a bachelor’s degree. After Geology 101, he developed a passion for geology. He has been actively involved in undergraduate research and has led his own field crews with the NASA project deployments on the Snake River Plain. He presents research at local and national conferences and has co-authored manuscripts that will be submitted for publication this spring. He is a member of the Geology Club, volunteer youth soccer coach in Idaho Falls and a member of the prospective major recruitment team for students interested in geosciences. Borg will graduate this summer with his bachelor’s in geology and has a GPA of 3.5. He has applied to the ISU geosciences graduate program to further his education as a research scientist.