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Earth Sciences Alumni - Michael Waynick

Michael Waynick, B.S. Geosciences Michael Waynick

"Hello, my name is Michael Waynick and I am currently a Lead of Permian Basin Geoscience at Ovintiv where I manage a team of development geologists and work closely with engineers to plan and execute oil and gas wells. I graduated from Tennessee Tech in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Geosciences. I am so thankful for the opportunities afforded me while at the university. I cherish the memories of teaching lab, going on local and international field trips, and getting to know the amazing close-knit faculty and my peers. As I look back on the support and memories during my undergraduate studies, I would have not changed a thing.  The courses I took gave me a framework and understanding of geologic fundamentals that I used in graduate school and now in my career as a Lead Geoscientist at Ovintiv. 

After graduating from Tennessee Tech, I studied at the University of Kansas where I obtained a Master of Science in Geosciences.   I defended my thesis in 2014 titled, “Fluvial to shelfal strata of the Late Cretaceous to Paleogene Dorotea and Tres Pasos Formations, Magallanes Basin, El Calafate, Argentina.” From Kansas, I went to work for Encana/Ovintiv in Denver, CO where I still work to this day. Since working at Encana/Ovintiv, I’ve worked multiple assets and basins in development and planning, explored North American plays, and now managing a team. 

Tennessee Tech shaped me into who I am today, and I am proud to be an alumnus. Without the caring nature of the professors and great education at Tennessee Tech, I do not know where I would be." Michael Waynick

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