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The New Annual Meeting Mentor Program
The Student and Young Professional Support Committee (SYPSC) is developing an Annual Meeting mentor program to pair professionals that plan to attend the 2019 Annual Meeting with interested student attendees.  We hope mentors can provide advice and support both before and during the Annual Meeting to make the meeting more relaxing, enjoyable, and beneficial for students.  Students interested in being paired with a mentor will identify themselves when they register for the meeting, and will be provided with the contact information of a professional who has volunteered to be a mentor.  The student can then contact the professional with questions ranging from "What should I wear?" to "Could we meet during the Ice Breaker?"  If you plan to attend the 2019 Annual Meeting and are interested in serving as a mentor to a student attendee(s), please provide your contact information and the number of students you are willing to mentor in an email to Kevin Mininger, SYPSC Co-chair, at


Special Sessions


Women in AEG/AWG Luncheon

Thursday, September 19 – 12:00pm-1:30pm

"Can't Take the Heat? The Hydrogeology of Cold Regions in a Warming World"

Speaker: Sarah Evans, Assistant Professor, Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Appalachian State University

Permafrost and seasonally frozen ground is found extensively at high latitudes and intermittently at high elevation areas at lower latitudes, underlying half of the exposed land surface in the Northern Hemisphere. In these cold regions, frozen ground acts as an aquitard, impeding downward groundwater flow while simultaneously enhancing groundwater-surface water interactions. As global air temperatures increase, frozen ground degrades. Frozen ground degradation alters groundwater recharge, groundwater contribution to streamflow, and consequently, vital freshwater supplies to lowland regions. In this talk, I will employ coupled heat transfer and groundwater flow numerical models in combination with field measurements to describe the effects of warming on groundwater discharge for a suite of cold region catchments, including sites on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, China and in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, USA.  Results highlight the difference in expected hydrologic changes for areas underlain with permafrost versus those with seasonally frozen ground, such as the Pacific Northwest, and help anticipate future changes to water resources throughout the cold regions of the Northern Hemisphere.


Sarah Evans is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Appalachian State University, a primarily undergraduate institution in Boone, North Carolina. Her expertise is in hydrogeology and numerical modeling with a focus on coupled heat transport and groundwater flow of cold regions. Sarah received her Ph.D. in Hydrogeology at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2017, M.S. in Terrestrial Hydrology at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2013, and B.A. in Geology at Whitman College in Washington State in 2011. She grew up in Mukilteo, Washington.

Young @Heart        Student/Professional Special Event

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 8:00-10:00pm

This social event is a great way to start your week in Asheville. Make or Mingle with your friends in environmental and engineering geology while you enjoy free appetizers (and a free drink ticket if you arrive early!) Just a short walk from the hotel, This event is an excellent opportunity to build connections with peers, mentors, senior fellows, and potential employers. We encourage students and young professionals to join the event and welcome experienced professionals who are “young at heart!” (Students Free, all others $10)

Student Session: 

Get a Job & Make It Your Own: A Presentation Seeking Students’ Comments and Discussion

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 from 12:30-1:45pm

Greg Hempen, PhD, PE, RG

AEG Honorary Member, Past President & 2013-14 Jahns’ Lecturer

Consulting Geophysicist, EcoBlast, LC


The talk seeks to gain students’ involvement and discussion via a PowerPoint presentation. Attendees are encouraged to interrupt the presentation to comment or inquire. Three areas (Networking & Credentials, Acquiring a Job, & Career Development) are developed to touch on many concepts, chiefly to gain the comments, questions and discussions of students’ concerns. The talk and response to inquiries attempt to provide the employer’s perspective, so the new professionals may assess how their job applications and interviews might be evaluated by prospective employers.  The presentation also makes a few recommendations on how one’s career over time may be tailored to that individual’s goals. Students may change the direction or develop a concern particular to that audience or to a particular industry or employment availability.

AEG Foundation Golf Tournament

JOIN US for the Second Annual Golf Fundraiser for the AEG FOUNDATION on Monday, September 16 in conjunction with the AEG Annual Meeting in Asheville, North Carolina! Come out and have some fun while helping the AEG Foundation give back to our professionals and students. Our last event was a lot of fun.  This event is set up as a scramble format, so people of all skill levels can enjoy.  We can pair you up with others that sign up or you can establish your own team,  There will be a box lunch provided and a meal at the end.  This link will take you to information and the registration page.

Interactive Conference App

(compatible with all mobile devices and your computer)! 

The AEG 62nd Annual Meeting has gone mobile using Guidebook!

  • We strongly encourage you to download our mobile guide to enhance your experience at AEG 62nd Annual Meeting. You'll be able to plan your day with a personalized schedule, browse exhibitors, maps and general meeting info, and connect with other meeting attendees.

  • In an effort to be more environmentally friendly, AEG will not be printing daily schedules at the Annual Meeting this year. All changes to the Program will be reflected on Technical Session signage and in the Guidebook mobile app.

  • The app is compatible with iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches and Android devices. Windows Phone 7 and Blackberry users can access the same information via our mobile site at

Directions to the Renaissance Asheville

31 Woodfin Street
Asheville, North Carolina 28801
Main Phone: (828) 252-8211


(We are pleased to offer complimentary on-site parking)


Directions from Asheville Regional Airport

Distance: 15.2 Miles SOUTH to Hotel

  • Enter I-26 W/US-74 W from Terminal Dr. and Airport Road - Drive (1.3 Mi)

  • Follow I-26 W to Broadway in Asheville. Take exit 5A from I-240E. (14.2 Mi)

  • Drive to Woodfin St (.02 miles)

  • Turn left onto Broadway (374 Ft)

  • Take 1st left onto Woodfin St. & Renaissance Asheville will be on the Right (.2 Mi)

Link to Airport shuttle services on Yelp

Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)

With frequent daily flights to major hubs (Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C.), year-round service to New York (Newark) and seasonal service to Denver, New York (LaGuardia), Vero Beach, Florida, and the Washington, D.C. area (Baltimore), as well as year-round service to these Florida destinations: Ft. Lauderdale, Orlando, Punta Gorda, Sarasota, St. Pete-Clearwater & Tampa – Asheville Regional Airport is rated one of the best connected regional airports in America. Served by Allegiant, American, Delta, Elite, Spirit and United, Asheville Regional Airport is an easy and welcoming gateway to and from Western North Carolina. New, daily nonstop service to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) begins May 3, 2019 on American Airlines. Daily nonstop to Philadelphia and weekend nonstop service to LaGuardia also start in May.


Delta Air Lines is adding nonstop, seasonal flights to Detroit from Asheville Regional Airport beginning June 8 and running through Nov. 2. American Airlines is also starting a new daily flight to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport from AVL starting in May. 

Traffic soars 45% at Asheville airport in early 2019
(Asheville Citizen Times)

The Asheville Regional Airport reported 297,000 passengers in the first quarter ending March 31, a 45% increase from the same period a year ago. Carriers including American Airlines, United Airlines and Allegiant Air have added flights. 

Climate/What to Wear

One of the best times to visit Asheville is from September to early November, when temperatures hover between the upper 50s and the mid-70s – ideal weather for exploring the foliage in the fall. Asheville is a very relaxed town so plan on dressing comfortably, especially for all of the great and interesting stores to explore downtown. Whenever you travel to Asheville, count on it being 15 degrees cooler there than in, say, Charlotte. Bring season-appropriate clothing and a light jacket or sweater for the cooler evenings.


The Congress attire is business casual. The only event that is more formal is the Annual Banquet where formal or semi-formal attire is suggested but not mandatory.

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