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Ken Neal
About: Directors & Staff - Ken Neal

After graduating from Portland State University with a Master’s degree in geology, Kenneth Neal began his career as an engineering geologist for the US Forest Service in 1974, where he conducted or directed slope stability and erosion, road location, rock source and foundation studies in support of the timber sale and public works programs, and managed a drilling program for seven national forests. After leaving the Forest Service in 1971, he briefly joined a consulting firm and, in 1973, opened his own firm, Kenneth Neal & Associates in Olympia, which provided a broad range of geotechnical services to public and private clients related to structural foundations, slopes and slope stability, construction materials, drainage, and management of vegetation. He intermittently assisted the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), where he provided consultation regarding restoration of facilities across steep and unstable slopes in accordance with FEMA’s Landslide Policy, and evaluated potential imminent threat situations related to active landslides. He retired from active practice in 2013, although he occasionally conducts engineering geologic field methods short courses.

His AEG service includes Chair, Treasurer, and Legislative Chair of the Washington Section (1992-2001), Co-Chair of the AEG Licensure Committee (2008-2019), member of the AEG Awards Committee (2008-present), and Co-Chair of the 2016 AEG Annual Meeting in Kona, Hawaii. He served on Washington’s Geologist Licensure Board from 2001 to 2007. He resides in Olympia, Washington with his wife, Mary.