Kevan's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Hawaii Roadtrip

KEVAN KAMIBAYASHI

Chief Field Engineer
U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO)

“When you get out of school, the learning doesn’t stop...that’s what keeps everything interesting.”

INTERESTS:

Science Engineering

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Goals Perseverance Education Struggle Support & Encouragement Opportunity Self-Reflection Confidence

FOUNDATION:

Accomplishing Goals

BIOGRAPHY:

  • When he was 11, he took a class called “Rocks and Rolls”; he thought he was signing up for a rock ’n’ roll class.
  • Turns out, he’d signed up for a two-week summer internship that sent him to the HVO and exposed him to the natural sciences.
  • Says that from the first time he saw molten rock flowing, he was completely hooked on volcanology.
  • He went to community college for a few years, then entered the geology program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo.
  • While he earned his geology degree, he worked a few different internships at the HVO.
  • One day, he had to solder a machine and his childhood RC car hobby came in handy; that launched a career in instrumentation.
  • Now he maintains the remote volcano monitoring network at HVO, overseeing seismometers, thermal cameras, spectrometers, etc.
  • Likes to joke that he’s on the most important team at HVO, because without the data, the scientists would have nothing to do.

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