Max Enders (BS Geology, 2002)

GPS Field Engineer in Anchorage, Alaska

Currently, I'm working as a Field Engineer for UNAVCO at the Plate Boundary Observatory regional office in Anchorage, AK. My job involves building, and maintaining a network of continous GPS stations throughout Alaska. Basically, the area we're instrumenting stretches from the tip of the Aleutians to the Arctic Ocean, and all points in between. Needless to say I spend a lot of time traveling, and am in the field most of the time. It's a great job, with great potential to revolutionize geodesy, and geodetic research in this part of the world.

Plus, we get to fly around volcanoes in helicopters a lot. What more can a person ask for? Sometimes though - in lieu of the helicopter - we are forced to rent a car. The attached picture is for proof. In the photo I am standing with a typical Alaska rental vehicle.

In my spare time, I enjoy the usual tetrad of geologist hobbies, i.e. comparative fermented beverage analysis, geeking out at roadcuts, hiking, and skiing (descending, or ascending order, you decide).

Additionally, I'm also a private pilot, and when I'm not in the field, or participating in one of the afore mentioned activities, you can typically find me at the airport, sitting in my airplane making engine noises.

Currently single, no girlfriend, or wife, as far as I know. Aside from that, I still keep in touch with some of my classmates, though it is much more sporadic then it used to be (or should be), and when I find myself in Ellensburg I still try to stop by the Tav, if I have the time.

I should preface this last part by saying that I was in no way the greatest student while at CWU - probably far from it. However, without my CWU Geology experiences - both in class and out - I don't think that I would have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work on a project like this.

Information last updated on Feb 20, 2008