Technical Achievement

Rick Hoover 2015 Technical Achievement

Rick Hoover was born and raised in Ligonier, Pennsylvania.  He attended secondary school at Ligonier Valley High School followed by Lock Haven State College majoring in Physics, with minors in mathematics and geology.  Rick received additional education at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado while working with Evergreen Geophysical Associates in Evergreen Colorado.  At Evergreen, Rick received his early introductions to seismic interpretation and data management related to international oil and gas exploration. 

Rick moved to Harmarville, Pennsylvania to work at Gulf Oil Research and Development Company where he worked on long period seismic static problems, interactive seismic interpretation, and data base management systems.  When Gulf moved research and development to Houston, TX, Rick transferred to Gulf International Exploration Company applying innovative seismic interpretation methods to worldwide oil and gas exploration projects. 

A Pennsylvanian at heart, Rick and his young family moved to Harrisburg Pennsylvania where he joined R. E. Wright Associates applying geophysical methods to superfund sites, and various environmental geotechnical and hydrogeologic projects and problems.  Rick grew into the role of a Group Manager at R.E. Wright responsible for marketing and coordinating the work of multiple project managers when the Wright Companies were acquired by Science Applications International Corporation.  After a brief employment with Dawood Engineering, Rick founded his own consulting organization Quality Geosciences Company. 

Rick has authored and presented over a dozen technical papers on geophysical applications, and teaches several introductory geophysics classes to engineering and environmental groups each year, while maintaining active involvement with a number of professional societies.  Rick has been a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Subcommittee on Geophysics AFP20(1) since the group was founded in 2002.  Rick co-authored the Transportation Research Circular E-C130 ”Geophysical Methods Commonly Employed for Geotechnical Site Characterization”, which was published by the TRB in 2008.  As a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Rick is a participant with the GeoInstitute Geophysics subcommittee.  Rick is also a member of ASTM International committee on Surface and Subsurface Characterization, Subcommittee D18.01.02-Geophysics. 

Active in his community, Rick has served on his Township environmental advisory committee, Planning Commission, and currently serves as Chairman of the Municipal Authority and is an Election Judge.  Rick and his wife, Nadine Manmiller, have three children and they both enjoy spending time with their three grandchildren.  In his free time, Rick enjoys outdoor activities including boating, hiking, camping, hunting, and fishing.