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Patrick Diggins

[patrickd.png]Class of 2005

Geologist
Langan Engineering in New York, N.Y.

“I don’t know what type of person I would have been if I had gone to college somewhere else. I owe a lot of who I am as a person and as a professional to my experiences at Beloit.”

Patrick Diggins expresses sentiments shared by many Beloit alumni.  And those lessons pay off no matter what field you end up in. In Patrick’s case, he’s literally in the field. He works as a geologist with Langan Engineering and Environmental Services, a multinational corporation focused on engineering and environmental health and safety. Splitting his time between fieldwork and reporting, he plans and executes soil and water contamination investigations.

The work comes with some challenges—governmental water regulations are complex, as are the tools and steps involved in the investigations. But the job lets Patrick do what he likes best.

“We’re out there learning and digging,” he says. “I like that hands-on, raw interpretation of the earth.”  Patrick discovered this passion at Beloit, where two fieldwork opportunities let him see what it’s like to actually do geology. Patrick traveled to Cozumel, Mexico, to study tilefish mounds in coral reef systems. Later, he worked with Beloit professor Sue Swanson at a site in Wisconsin, where his work was included in a published article. After graduation, Patrick enrolled in the University of Massachusetts-Amherst hydrogeology program, earning his Master of Science degree; he found a position in environmental consulting while still in graduate school and plans to continue working in environmental field studies.