Lawrence Austin, ’74 graduated from Grand Valley State University with a bachelor’s of science in Geology. The following, he accepted a position as a geologist at Williams & Works, Inc. in Grand Rapids where he stayed until 1982. Austin then became president of Aqua-Tech Consultants, Inc. who offers geological and hydrogeological consulting services to individuals, commercial and industrial firms, and governmental institutions.
During this time, Austin has taught geology as an adjunct professor at Wayne State University and Grand Valley State University. He was also the chief consulting scientist for a Southwest Michigan Groundwater Survey
In addition to his work for Aqua-Tech, Austin is also chairperson for the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG). He started his involvement with AIPG in 1982 when he became a Certified Professional Geologist and has also served as Secretary-Treasurer and as the National Advisory Board Representative for the organization.
In his lifetimes, Austin has been awarded with such honors as the Martin VanCouverng Memorial Award, AIPG Presidential Certificate of Merit, and Michigan Section Certificate of Recognition. Austin and his wife, Mary have been Michigan Licensed Foster Parents since 2000 and have two children of their own. The couple lives in Grand Rapids.