The decision to pursue a career in the sciences was never a question for Courtney Johnson, Senior Geologist at SAGE Engineers. What was in question, however, was what path to pursue. That all changed for her when the 2001 Nisqually earthquake occurred in western Washington. Sitting in her dorm room, bearing witness to the movement occurring around her, Courtney’s path to becoming a geologist was sealed. “I always loved the outdoors, so I knew I wanted to work outside, but my curiosity in geological reconnaissance, earthquakes and the effects of natural disasters became my passion back when I was an undergraduate in college.”
Her excitement for her work has only increased as Courtney has performed countless seismic hazard and geology studies over the past decade. After joining SAGE in 2014, Courtney has become part of a highly technical team of seismic professionals who are dedicated to what they do.
In addition, Courtney enjoys being a part of the professional community through organizations such as WiSE, EERI and AEG. In fact, she’s acting as Exhibitor Chair on the Planning Committee for the first-ever AEG/IAEG Congress in San Francisco this September. The 2018 meeting will have a five-day format featuring prominent national and international keynote speakers, four days of technical sessions and symposia, and an all-day Wednesday tour of local geology.
“These associations provide a great opportunity to connect with contemporaries, share and learn information and become more involved.”
We’re happy to feature Courtney in honor of National Women’s History Month (March 2018) and reflect on the significant contributions women have made, and continue to make, in the advancement of sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.