Title: President, Owner
Company: Northwest GeoScience, PC
Location: High Point, North Carolina, United States
Alan Barry Nelson, P.G., President and Owner of Northwest GeoScience, PC, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Business Owners for dedication, achievements, and leadership in consulting.
Mr. Nelson is a consulting hydrologist and the president and owner of Northwest GeoScience, PC, an environmental and applied geoservices consultancy celebrating more than a decade in business. Originally a civil engineering student at North Carolina State University, Mr. Nelson was inspired to change his major by an engineering geology class that he took with Dr. Charles Welduy, graduating in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in geology. He began his career as an assistant hydrologist with the United States Geological Survey based out of Raleigh, North Carolina, and became a field hydrologist for Moore-Gardner & Associates the following year. In 1983, Mr. Nelson joined Black & Veatch Engineers as a staff hydrologist, departing in 1985 after being named chief hydrologist at Engineering Tectonics, P.A., where he would also serve as chairman of the board from 1987 until 1990.
For the next five years, Mr. Nelson was the vice president and principal hydrologist at Bain, Palmer, & Associates. He pursued postgraduate study in environmental science at Duke University between 1992 and 1994 and returned to Engineering Tectonics, P.A. in 1995 as the company’s chief engineering geologist. Through the 1990s, Mr. Nelson took on several civic and conservation-minded roles, including service as a member of the High Point Directions watershed protection committee and nearly a decade as a hydrologist for the Guilford County Board on Environmental Quality. Since 2009, Mr. Nelson has been the president and owner of Northwest GeoScience. He recalls the decision was born out of the 2008 financial crisis: after recognizing that the company they were working for was unlikely to survive for much longer, Mr. Nelson and the other executives split into three companies, one of which went on to become Northwest GeoScience.
Mr. Nelson continues to sit on the Board of Directors of the Piedmont Land Conservancy and Guilford County Partners in Public Health, and he acts as the media liaison for the National Water Well Association. He considers the opportunity to work with his son, a water resource engineer, on several projects, to have been a career highlight, and he looks forward to continuing his work in the High Point area for many years to come. In his leisure time, Mr. Nelson enjoys spending time outdoors fly fishing and hunting, and he is an avid amateur nature writer. He is professionally affiliated with the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Geological Society of America, the American Institute of Professional Geologists, and the Association of Groundwater Scientists and Engineers.
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