Alumni Achievement Award Recipients

Each year, the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Western Michigan University awards a member of our distinguished alumni with an Alumni Achievement Award to commemorate their unique contributions to the field of geosciences. Below is a list of awardees, accompanied by biographies that highlight their educational and professional histories, as well as their many accomplishments.


Lisa K. J. Phillips is an accomplished hydrogeologist, having spent her more than 35-year career dedicated to identifying, managing, and cleaning environmental contamination in Michigan. As a certified groundwater professional, certified wastewater treatment operator, and certified underground storage tank professional, she has managed several hundred projects remediating contaminated soil and groundwater throughout Michigan. Located in the heart of the Kalamazoo River Valley, Lisa has extensive experience in managing environmental issues related to the paper making industry. She has assisted with the brownfield redevelopment of dozens of sites in Southwest Michigan, as well as several former paper mills throughout Michigan. Since 2000, Lisa has served as the principle and owner of Phillips Environmental Consulting Services, Inc. She serves as the chair of the Van Burn County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and Treasurer of both the Michigan Land Trustees of America and the Van Buren County Conservation District Foundation. She has given back to WMU by teaching the remediation module of the department’s Hydrogeology Field Course and by employing recent graduates, many of them women, in her company. She is grateful to the WMU Geosciences Department for the undergraduate and graduate education that helped her set her career path.


Dr. Robert LoPiccolo


Dr. Thomas Robyn


Dr. Roger Steininger


Dr. Ahmed Murad


Dane Alexander


Dr. Brian Shaw


Mike Wireman


James W. Farnsworth


Thomas Drean


Dr. W. Richard Laton


Howard A. Nevins

Recipients prior to 2010