Kevan's Open Road


    Hawaii Roadtrip


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.”


Science Engineering


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


Accomplishing Goals


  • 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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