Lisa Shevenell was hired as a Research Hydrogeologist at the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology in 1993 and retired from NBMG as a Professor on January 1, 2015. She was awarded academic tenure in 1998 and promoted to full Professor in 2004. During the course of her career at NBMG, Shevenell specialized in the areas of geothermal resource exploration and assessment, pit lake geochemistry, and isotope and karst hydrology. Her primary focus in the last 13 years at NBMG was in geothermal resource evaluations where she led a team responsible for finding new geothermal areas in Nevada that were ultimately developed into power-producing systems.
While at NBMG, her service to the community was extensive as Shevenell served on numerous state and national boards and committees: member of the Nevada Geothermal Technical Advisory Panel to NV Energy, founding member of the National Geothermal Data System (and Steering committee member), the Science Advisory Board to the National Geothermal Data Center initiative led by the Arizona Geological Survey (2009–2014), Geothermal Energy Association Technical Advisory Committee (2008–present), Department of Energy Geothermal Risk Assessment Committee, Exploration Technology Group (2009), member of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Renewable Energy formed by Senator Harry Reid (2008–2010), and Board of Directors member to the Geothermal Resources Council (various subcommittees, 2005–2014), general program chair (2008, 2015) and technical program chair (2005, 2007, 2012) for the annual Geothermal Resources Council Meeting, member of the Renewable Energy Task Force reporting to the Governor and Nevada Legislature, co-founder and former Director of the Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy, and co-developer of the National Geothermal Academy (first run in the summer of 2011), and member of the Truckee Meadows Community College Geothermal Technician Training Curricular Advisory Board.
Shevenell has co-authored and published 180 peer-reviewed journal papers, NBMG Bulletins, Reports and Maps, symposia papers, and proceedings papers and nearly 200 contract reports. Shevenell delivered hundreds of presentations to scientific and non-technical audiences, and was successfully awarded over 90 grants and contracts from federal and private sources totaling greater than $15 million with which she supported over 100 undergraduate and graduate students.
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Lisa Shevenell will be greatly missed at NBMG.