Petroleum Engineering Alumnus of the Month - October 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

Edmond D. AlizadehEdmond D. Alizadeh, P.E., Esq. is president and CEO of Geotechnology, Inc., a professional engineering firm headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, with additional offices in Illinois, Kansas and most recently Memphis.  A 1984 petroleum engineering graduate of the University of Tulsa, he began his career with Amoco Production Company in New Mexico. Mr. Alizadeh joined Geotechnology in 1989 as a staff engineer, focusing on underground storage tank remediation assignments. He became the firm’s environmental department manager in 1994 and maintained that role during a return to academia, at the Saint Louis University School of Law. There he earned his juris doctorate degree in 1996, and was soon thereafter named Geotechnology’s president.   

As president and C.E.O of Geotechnology, Inc., Ed is responsible for guiding the firm’s engineering activities and administrative operations. His consistency and leadership skills are the foundation of his character, and his contribution to the company’s growth and success has been instrumental. Ed has an extensive background in environmental consulting, and his greatest professional achievement is growing the firm’s environmental services into a present industry leader. The firm is regularly tasked with a variety of projects that require finding innovative ways to help clients succeed, which makes each day exciting and different.  

Ed enjoys playing tennis, golfing and bike riding, but his favorite activity is spending time with his wife and kids. His family resides in Chesterfield, Missouri.  

Professional Licenses

  • Professional Engineer licensed in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Iowa
  • Licensed Attorney in Missouri  

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Fellow and Past President ASFE/The Geoprofessional Business Association
  • 2010-2011 Chairman-Elect of the Board of Directors of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Missouri (ACEC/MO)
  • Past President of Kids in the Middle, a St. Louis-based group that counsels children and parents in families undergoing transition
  • YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization)  

Ed in his own words:  

Why did you choose TU?

I chose TU because of their stature in Petroleum Engineering.  I knew that petroleum engineers were in great demand at the time and that field seemed to be very unique.  The oil companies seemed to have a cowboy mentality which appealed to me.  I was drawn to the notion of the wildcatters and risk takers that were combining engineering and tenacity and guts.  

Did TU provide you with good education for your career?

TU provided me a great education and a fun college experience.  The engineering school was plenty challenging but the professors were accessible and interesting for the most part.   The professors were well published but it was cool that you guys were actually teaching the classes and not leaving it all to Teaching Assistants.  It turns out I worked in the oil industry for 5 years and then moved on to Geotechnology to be an environmental consultant to the oil industry and other clients.  My background at TU provided me a great foundation to understand the nature of oil and gas and to be an effective problem solver.  There are two other TU petroleum engineers in our company, Jim Howe and Paul Guerrin, and the three of us have been here over 20 years and our business has definitely been positively impacted by our education at TU.  

Any fond memories you would like to share?  

As for fond memories, I really enjoyed everything about TU.  It was a great size school for me and I made many life long friends, some of whom I work and hang out with today.  In fact, I met my very best friend, my wife, at TU.   TU was perfect for me.

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