Michael R. Lilly - President, Hydrologist
Michael has been working in Alaska for more than 20
years on arctic, hydrologic and environmental programs. In recent years, he has also focused in sustainable
building and community projects with the Cold Climate Housing Research Center. Educational background
includes Texas A&M University (BS Geology) and University of Alaska Fairbanks (MS Hydrogeology). Experience includes seven
years managing regional hydrology and environmental projects in the Fairbanks and Fort Wainwright area. Since 2002,
research and project areas have included a good portion of the North Slope, investigating hydrology, water use and transportation
networks supporting oil and gas development. Remote monitoring and data acquisition
is a specialty, which includes Internet applications since 1993. Current projects include investigations across the North Slope,
Shishmaref, Fairbanks, and Anaktuvuk Pass. Mr. Lilly is a member of the American Water Resources Association
(AWRA); US Permafrost Association (USPA),
American Geophysical Union (AGU), American Society of Testing and Materials
(ASTM). He is also a member of the Alaska Section,
AWRA, and the Intelligent Transportation Society of Alaska (ITS-Alaska).
Ron Paetzold, PhD. - Sr. Systems Engineering and Soil Science Advisor
Dr. Paetzold has advanced degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Soil Physics. He began working for GWS in 2005,
after retiring from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service where he had more than 33 years active service.
During his last ten years with the NRCS, he was the leader of NRCS Soil Climate Team and principal investigator for
all international and Alaska soil climate research projects. Dr. Paetzold installed or helped install more than 100
climate stations in Antarctica, Tibet, Mongolia, western China, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and many states,
including Alaska. He managed the data and provided annual maintenance on nearly 60 of these stations. Dr. Paetzold has
authored or co-authored more than 170 publications.
Austin McHugh - Research Engineer
Austin McHugh joined GWS in 2007. Previously, he has worked with Campbell Scientific, Inc. products since 1987
both at the University of Maine for 2 years then 17 years with Campbell Scientific in Logan, UT. He has strong experience
supporting CSI hardware and software. He has also designed and installed many data acquisition and telemetry systems
deployed in Maine, Utah, Alaska, Hawaii and Korea. Mr. McHugh has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of
Maine and an A.S. in Electronic Engineering Technology from the New Hampshire Technical Institute.
GW Scientific staff includes field and project EIT's engineers, and earth-science fields. Technical specialties include
instrumentation, programming and system design, and environmental and facility projects. Students are also included on
research projects in conjunction with the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Texas A&M University.
Business and Research Partnerships:
GW Scientific works in cooperative projects with Engineering
and Environmental Internet Solutions and Restoration
Science and Engineering. Other projects involve a variety of cooperative
arrangements with state, federal, and local agencies, nonprofits and other private
sector companies. Please review our current projects for further information on our current project partnerships.