Sep 12, 2014

Cal State Fullerton Professor Receives Top NGWA Awards

W. Richard Laton received the Ross L. Oliver Award and the Keith E. Anderson Award

Cal State Fullerton Professor Top NGWA Awards W. Richard Laton

Hydrogeology Professor W. Richard Laton, Ph.D., PG, CHG, CPG, of California State University, Fullerton, received two 2014 awards from the National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA).

Laton received the Ross L. Oliver Award for outstanding contributions to the groundwater industry and the Keith E. Anderson Award for outstanding contributions to NGWA. The awards will be presented in December at NGWA’s Groundwater Expo & Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.

An active member and volunteer with the association for more than 20 years, Laton has served on its scientists and engineers board, board of directors, education and conference committees, and National Ground Water Research & Educational Foundation. He also has been a speaker at, and leader of, numerous NGWA short courses.

In addition to his work at the university, Laton has served on the Western Michigan University Geosciences Advisory Council for a decade and is currently vice chair.

As an educator, Laton is actively involved with training future hydrogeologists, scientists and general education students about the importance of groundwater resources and stewardship.

“Richard is a role model to students and is relentless in his pursuit to engage his students in NGWA activities,” said nominator Brent C. Murray, PG, vice president of Environmental Quality Inc. in Tequesta, Fla. “Richard is ushering in the next generation to NGWA by consistently bringing his students to NGWA conferences and events, and helping others to find the excitement in groundwater that Richard has known for a lifetime.”

Murray called Laton “the epitome of the engaged and contributing NGWA member and volunteer.”