Rob Viens was born in upstate New York where he grew up inspired by Pioneer, Voyager, and "Cosmos." He entered Cornell University with plans to be an astronomer, but found geology to be much more down to Earth. He moved to Seattle to pursue his PhD at the University of Washington, where he specialized in glaciers, climate, and Northwest geology. Rob spent his summers in Alaska "tracking glaciers" - trying to determine where they had been in the past and how they were affected by climate change. He spent several years teaching geology and environmental science around Puget Sound, designing web pages, and volunteering at the zoo, before accepting a full-time position at Bellevue College. At BC Rob is currently serving as the Dean of Science, but over the years he has kept himself busy teaching several geology and environmental science classes (including "Geology of the Solar System") and he is the advisor of the BC Student Science Association. His love of geology and the solar system expresses itself through his daily life, too - from hiking in the mountains to building scale spacecraft models. Rob currently resides on the Eocene Blakeley and Renton formations in Bellevue, with his wife, daughter, son and cats.
Past Events Hosted By This Ambassador:
New Horizons: The Long Road to Pluto Bellevue College