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Outstanding Alumni

Jack Farmer

picture of jack farmer Department of Geology, 1969

Jack Farmer is a Professor of Geological Sciences at Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration. He received his B.A. in Geology from CSU, Chico in 1969 and his M.S. in Geology from the University of Kansas in 1971. In 1978, he received a Ph.D. in Paleobiology from UC, Davis. He was a graduate research assistant at the University of Kansas, and became a research associate during and after his studies at UC, Davis. In 1981, he became a senior geologist for Exxon Company in the Western Division Production in Thousand Oaks, California, and served as a senior post-doctoral fellow for the National Research Council at the NASA Ames Research Center. In 1993, Farmer became a research scientist for SETI Institute and NASA Ames Research Center. Farmer continues to share his passion for geology through college teaching, television appearances, and numerous abstracts and papers published in professional journals and books. On a personal level, he is involved in education outreach with the local Native American community.

Walter Eugene Ryley

Walter Eugene Ryley
Department of Physical Sciences, 1972

Gene Ryley is president of Cupertino Electric, based in San Jose, California. He received his BA in 1972 and MA in 1974 in physical science from California State University, Chico. His five years of experience with state and federal programs involved supervision of scientific research and formation of guidelines and legal standards. Gene taught physical science for one year at Butte College. His experience during his career with Cupertino Electric includes that of an electrician, project manager, chief estimator, and vice president of sales. In January 1995, Gene was appointed to the position of executive vice president, and in January 1997 he was appointed president of Cupertino Electric, Inc. He is a member of the National Association of Electrical contractors, the National Association of Electrical Contractors, and the executive committee of TEC, an organization of chief executive officers. Tennis and golf are two of Gene’s special interests, and he has won three national championships in sailing.

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