Sandra Helen Becker Clark

Sandra Clark

Title: Geologist

Location: Reston, Virginia, United States

Sandra Clark has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in geological sciences.

With the key to her success being her tenacity and love of learning, Dr. Clark has had an exemplary career in the field of science. With her focus on research and field-based studies of mineral resources, she is the author of numerous professional publications.  Since retiring in 2001, she has been recognized as a scientist emeritus of the U.S. Geological Survey.   Prior to her retirement, Dr. Clark worked as a geologist for the Eastern Mineral Resources Survey Team of the USGS.  She began working with the USGS in the late 1960s, and throughout her career worked as a geologist for the Alaskan Mineral Resources Branch, the Office of Mineral Resources, as the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, as a commodity specialist and as a deputy chief for the Office of Mineral Resource Assessments. She feels that her most important contributions were her pioneering work in Alaska, her work to increase equitability in employment opportunities for women and minorities, and in co-producing an award-winning educational video.

Dr. Clark began as a home economics major before she shifted to studying geology at Iowa State University.  She then earned a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and PhD at the University of Idaho. Early in her career, she worked as a teaching assistant for the University of Idaho, a field assistant for the Idaho Bureau of Mines and Geology and the Bear Creek Mining Company, and a geologist for Cominco American, Inc.  She has contributed numerous geologic research articles and maps to various professional publications. Dr. Clark has received numerous accolades for her work. Some of these awards include a Meritorious Service Award from the Department of Interior in 1995, a Stewardship Award in 1996, the Gold Screen Award from the National Association of Government Communicators in 2002, the Gold World Medal from the New York Festivals Film and Video Competition in 2003, and Shoemaker Awards for Communication Excellence in 2002 and 2009. Throughout her career, she maintained affiliation with a variety of professional associations, including the Geological Society of America, the Society of Economic Geologists, the Association for Women Geologists, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the International Association on the Genesis of Ore Deposits.

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