Dr. Dale Rucker
Chief Technical Officer, Tucson, Arizona
Dr. Dale’s Snapshot
Years in Industry: 23
Dr. Dale Rucker currently acts as the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) for HGI. He is a geophysicist and hydrogeologist with a strong background in engineering and publishing. Dale is responsible for the technical direction of the company, including the development of new hardware, software tools, and interpretation for geophysical methods aimed at solving hydrological and engineering problems. As CTO, Dale has been instrumental in bringing to HGI new geophysical-based technologies to be used for solving complex problems involving water resource, mining, engineering, and geotechnical issues.
Over the past 15 years, Dale’s areas of research have focused on rapid monitoring of dynamic subsurface processes, such as subsurface injections, focused recharge, and remediation. To help with this effort, he guided the development of a large multi-channel resistivity system (Geotection) with a real-time evaluation component to help optimize reagent delivery or for use in estimating hydraulic parameters. Since development, the system has been used to monitor changes in subsurface conditions related to injection for secondary recovery of metals from heaps, in situ recovery of metals, hillslope hydrology at the Biosphere, and surficial recharge.
Dale enjoys challenging opportunities that do not fit the normal paradigm of geophysical problems. He has published peer-reviewed papers and book chapters in subjects relating to mining, karst, hydrogeology, and geophysics. Dale has longstanding memberships in SEG, EEGS, AGU, SME, EAGE, and is also the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics (JEEG).
Dale holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering, MS in Civil Engineering, and a Doctorate in Hydrology and Water Resources from the University of Arizona.
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As engineering and consulting professionals, we grapple with the challenges of designing projects on top of and across unknown subsurfaces. Geologic features, visual inspections, infrastructure, and historical documents can only give us clues to what is happening beneath our feet.