Penn Geologist Edward Doheny Named to Irish Education 100

PHILADELPHIA — Edward Doheny of the University of Pennsylvania has been named to the 2011 Irish Education 100 by the Irish Voice newspaper. The annual list honors leading educators of Irish descent. 

Doheny is a lecturer and senior graduate advisor in Penn’s Professional Program in Applied Geoscience in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science. He traces his Irish heritage to County Waterford on his mother’s side and to County Tipperary on his father’s side.

Along with the other honorees, he was featured in a special edition of the Irish Voice Dec. 14 and attended an awards luncheon at the Irish Consulate in New York City the same day.

Doheny began working at Penn in 1993 and in 2000 founded the Professional Program in Applied Geoscience. The program allows students to earn a master’s degree combining expertise in the theoretical areas of geology with technical expertise in geochemistry, geophysics, hydrogeology and engineering geology, with an aim toward finding practical solutions to environmental challenges.

Prior to joining Penn, Doheny was director of the Engineering Geology Program at Drexel University. He earned his bachelor of science from the City University of New York and his master’s and doctoral degrees in geology from Indiana University. Doheny also holds a Professional Geologist license from Pennsylvania.

In addition to being part of the Education 100, Doheny has received many honors for his contributions to education, including a Plaque of Appreciation from the Geography National Honor Society, an Outstanding Professor Award from the Pennsylvania Section of the American Institute of Professional Geologists, Penn’s Ferdinand Vandiveer Hayden Award for Distinguished Teaching and Career Mentoring of Students, the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching and several other awards for distinguished teaching from Drexel University.