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A Lot of Skills in the Tool Box
The first thing you might notice about AAPG member Deborah Patterson is her place of employment: The Stanley Works, in New Britain, Conn.
How many other AAPG members have a similar address?
Knowing more about her only increases the fact that she is not on the typical petroleum geologist’s career path.
She attained a doctorate in geological sciences, is trilingual and once owned her own sports bar-laundromat combo for 10 years.
And after her recent job promotion she is director of environment, health, safety and security for The Stanley Works, a worldwide manufacturer and marketer of tools and hardware.
She readily admits she has led an exciting professional career path.
“I’ve done everything except dance and sing,” she said.
Patterson earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geology from the University of California-Santa Barbara, and a doctorate in geological sciences from the same. She believes her academic studies have afforded her the opportunity to work abroad and secure such prominent job titles as a research scientist for Exxon; senior project geologist for Dames & Moore; and manager of environmental health and safety for GE.
“They are research and analysis driven degrees, which can be applied to different problems, ” Patterson said. “I wouldn’t be here without the geologic and research training.”
- SUSIE MOORE