Outstanding New Staff Member 2011

Outstanding New Staff Member Randall Locke

Randall “Randy” Locke II came to the ISGS in 2009 after spending 15 years at the Illinois State Water Survey. He started at ISGS as a hydrogeologist/geochemist and Assistant Coordinator of the Monitoring, Verification, and Accounting (MVA) Program for the Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium. In 2010, Locke became the coordinator of the program, and in September 2011, as a result of his knowledge, background, and leadership abilities, he accepted his current role of Section Head of the Geochemistry Section.

The current responsibilities of the MVA Program, which are all under Locke’s oversight, include monthly shallow groundwater sampling; compliance well sampling; weekly soil flux data collection; quarterly soil gas collection; oversight of ongoing multiplexer data acquisition, maintenance, and data download of the eddy covariance system and the permanent GPS system; maintenance of the interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) reflector grid; overall maintenance of the field site; and soon, installation of the prototype laser CO2 monitoring equipment. He also oversees activities on the Industrial Sources site and continually seeks new collaborative efforts and partnerships. Locke believes the numerous diverse environmental techniques used in the MVA Program provide an educational component not only to his staff, but also to himself.

In addition to the MVA Program, Locke has the responsibility of overseeing the Geochemistry Laboratories, including the Isotope Geochemistry and the Radiocarbon Dating Laboratories. He also has the administrative responsibilities of a Section Head. It has been reported that Locke has the ability to understand the strengths and weaknesses of his staff and to supervise them in a manner that encourages both professional and personal growth. He values constructive input, listens before deciding, and appreciates hard work. Locke is said to actively seek out ways to improve his own performance while clearing the way for others to improve theirs. His can-do attitude and his desire to keep the projects moving forward means he, too, puts in many late nights and weekends.

Locke’s plaque reads, “Outstanding New Staff Member Award: Randall A. Locke II, in recognition of your outstanding contributions to the Monitoring, Verification, and Accounting Program through your excellence in quality work, leadership, and collaborative efforts for the benefit of the people of Illinois.”

In addition to the plaque, Locke received a monetary award to be used for work-related purposes.