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Laurie Brandt

Lecturer of Geology

Contact Information

Montrose Campus

970.249.7009

ljbrandt@coloradomesa.edu

Education

MS, Cornell University
BS, Pennsylvania State University

Biography 

Laurie Brandt is a professional geologist who teaches introductory geology classes at CMU Montrose, where she has taught since 2000. Her classes include the Geology of Colorado, Introduction to Physical Geology and Earth Science. Brandt has a BS from Penn State in Geography/Geology and a MS from Cornell University in Remote Sensing/Geology.

She has worked in the field of engineering geology for 20 years and her office at DOWL, a consulting firm providing civil engineering and related services is near campus. Her duties include geotechnical evaluations of roads, bridges, dams and structures as well as geologic, geologic hazard and mineral assessments.

Brandt brings her classes to the geotechnical laboratory at DOWL to show them soil types and tests that are performed on rocks and soils for engineering properties. She also shares her working knowledge of geology to show students the relevance of geology in their lives, including soils issues for homes and roads in the region, geologic hazards and details about mineral resources.

She has two teenage daughters and cycling is an important part of their life. She raced mountain bikes professionally in the 1990’s and is an assistant coach for the Ridgway Composite High School Mountain Bike team. This team combines students from Montrose, Ridgway, Norwood and Ouray. Brandt is a trail and cycling advocate who serves on the local board of Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association (COPMOBA). She also loves dogs and competes in dog sledding events where dogs pull her on skis (skijoring).