Dr. Andrew Sabin is NAVFAC’s geothermal Subject Matter Expert (SME) and a Senior Geologist at
GPO. He develops, assists with
and provides technical oversight to GPO projects. He is also the lead in pursuing new projects
especially in R&D and exploration.
He has also conducted exploration and R&D projects in the Coso Range associated with the Coso
geothermal field. Andy was the Deputy
Director and Director of GPO until moving into his current SME role. He has >25 years of
experience in geothermal and hydrothermal
systems, mining, geotechnical and environmental work. His geothermal focus has been the western
United States, although he has also
investigated geothermal potential in Asia, South America and Africa. Andy serves on the
International Geothermal Board of Directors
and the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) Board of Directors. He is currently the President of
GRC (2019-2020). Andy received a BA
(American Studies) and BS (Geology) from the U. Maryland, an MSC (Geology) from the U.
Pittsburgh and a PhD (Geology) from the Colorado
School of Mines. He is registered Professional Geologist in California (license # 7930).
Ms. Kelly Blake is the new Division Director for the Navy Geothermal Program Office (GPO), PW68,
NAVFAC EXWC, and has been working for
the office for 8 years. She has spent her time collecting, managing, analyzing and interpreting
geologic and geophysical data sets from
the Coso Geothermal Field and other Department of Defense installations with geothermal potential.
In her new role, she is managing GPO
personnel on daily/weekly tasks/training, as well as managing the ~$2 million budget that includes
technical and financial oversight of
the Coso field. Kelly has an Environmental Geoscience degree from Slippery Rock University and a
Master’s degree in Geology from Temple
University of Philadelphia.
Ms. Saundra Anderson is the Business Manager for the Navy Geothermal Program Office (GPO), PW68,
NAVFAC EXWC, and has been working
with the office for 18 years. She supports the GPO primarily with budget planning and execution,
geothermal energy sales tracking and
contract implementation. Prior to joining the Navy GPO, Saundra was a Sr. Accountant for CalEnergy
Coso project, Salton Sea and Yuma Co-Gen.
Saundra has her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration, Accounting from California State
University at Fullerton.
Ms. Jade Zimmerman is the new Geologist for the Navy Geothermal Program Office (GPO), PW68, NAVFAV EXWC.
She will be building upon the 3D conceptual model of the Coso volcanic field as well as optimizing and
maintaining databases for efficient model construction and data analysis. Jade's previous work includes
constructing 3D conceptual geologic and subsurface brine chemistry models for Searles Valley Minerals.
Jade holds a Bachelor of Science in Geological Science from California State University, Fullerton
and a Master of Science in Geological Science from The University of Texas at El Paso with an emphasis
in structural geology.
Dr. Wei-Chuang Huang is a Seismologist for the Navy Geothermal Program Office (GPO), PW68, NAVFAC
EXWC and has been working
with the office for 12 years. He manages, operates and maintains the seismic network in the Coso
geothermal field near Ridgecrest,
CA, which records up to one thousand micro earthquakes (MEQ) monthly. Wei-Chuang earned a PH.D
degree from Northwestern University
with interdisciplinary background. Wei-Chuang coauthored articles with his former clients/associates
in an EPA research lab, where
he worked as a senior water quality modeler before he joined the Navy civilian force.
Ms. Stephanie Nale is a Geophysicist through the Naval Acquisitions Development Program
and has been with the Navy Geothermal Program Office (GPO), PW68, NAVFAC EXWC since December 2018.
the GPO by analyzing and interpreting microseismic data, maintaining the Coso microseismic network,
other geophysical fieldwork in the Coso volcanic field. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science in
from University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master of Science with a concentration in
and Structural Geology from Cornell University.