Denis Balcer earned his BS in Geology from SES in 1990 and went on to pursue an MS from New Mexico State University and an MBA from Otterbein University. Denis currently works as the Director of Health and Safety for the Environment Division of Arcadis.
"OSU strengthened my desire for continuous learning, wonder in the world of science, and a passion for exploring new adventures in life."
Where has your degree taken you?
Well I’m a geologist who is now a Director of Health & Safety for a business line of 3,000 scientists, engineers and technical experts. How did I get here? OSU laid a foundation of knowledge, experience and confidence. I found my Master of Science Advisor in the mountains of Utah during OSU Field Camp, a coincidental crossing of paths and fortune which led me to New Mexico State University for my MS in Geology/Sedimentology at New Mexico State University. I graciously accepted my first professional position with my current (and only) employer Geraghty & Miller (now Arcadis) in Chicago. I was blessed with my marriage to my wonderful wife Rachel, and worked as an environmental consultant for private and public industry. I had three incredible daughters along the way, and squeezed in a Masters of Business Administration. In professional life, I found much success working for industrial clients and a railroad client to resolve derailments and other projects. This led to a role as the Director of Incident Response and Recovery for my company Arcadis. I directed and supported derailment and spill recovery for 13 years until my current role as H&S Director. What’s next?...I don’t know, but am excited to discovery my next chapter.
How do you feel your experience, specifically as an SES/geology student at OSU, prepared you for your career or life in general?
OSU strengthened my desire for continuous learning, wonder in the world of science, and a passion for exploring new adventures in life.
What is your favorite memory as a student?
Field Camp for Modern Carbonate Depositional Environments at San Salvador Island
What advice do you have for current and future students?
Keep your mind open, embrace change and opportunity. Surround yourself with people who have skills and abilities greater than your own. Enjoy life, a career is only part of your happiness.