The Roy J. Shlemon Specialty Conference Fund supports specialty and advanced practice conferences of interest to the members of the Association of Engineering and Environmental Geologists. The goal of a Shlemon Conference is to bring together specialists from academia and the consulting world for several days of intensive state-of-the-science sessions, workshops, and field trips devoted to discussion of current knowledge of emerging scientific, technical, regulatory, and practice issues and challenges. Emerging issues may involve novel investigative and analytical techniques, some of which may be controversial or unproven. Presentations and discussions of new approaches to site characterization and regulatory trends are appropriate. A primary characteristic of Shlemon Conferences is that they are held in locations where field observations can be combined with the subject matter of the conference. experts and practitioners to present and The spirit of the conferences is to develop agreement on applicable knowledge, and to advance the practice techniques applied to evolving challenges, with the goal of better and more reliable results. To make the conference expertise available to a wider practitioner and public audience, the conference proceedings are published on CD.
Roy received a B.A. in Geology in 1958 from Fresno State College, Fresno, California; a M.S. in Geology in 1959 from the University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming; and a Ph.D. in Physical Geography in 1967 from University of California, Berkeley. His dissertation was entitled, "Landform-Soil Relationships in Northern Sacramento County, California." After his education, and before founding Roy J. Shlemon & Associates, Inc., he taught geology and geomorphology at University of California, Davis, and Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. He received five Educational Research Grants from the National Science Foundation between 1961 and 1971.
Roy has over 225 professional journal publications (monographs, articles, abstracts, and reviews) since 1965 dealing with mining geology, Quaternary geology, geomorphology and soil-stratigraphic applications to engineering geology. The topics of these publications range from landslide recognition and age, to delta formation, to neotectonic assessments of fault activity, to location and cause of ground fissures and differential settlement.
Roy has been providing specialized engineering geo-logic consulting services for 28 years, after teaching geology and geomorphology at two universities for the previous 7 years. Roy's specialized consulting services focus on Quaternary geology, geomorphology, and soil stratigraphy applied to evaluation of fault activity, land-slide identification, evaluation of ground fissures, location of gold-and tin-bearing stream channels, and location of economic sand and gravel deposits. Roy has provided his specialized consulting services to private organizations, including other engineering geology consulting firms, government agencies, and advisory boards. He has worked on sites for nuclear power plants, liquefied natural gas terminals, large dam projects, mine sites, radioactive waste disposal facilities, and residential and commercial developments throughout the world. Most of his work has been in the western United States, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Roy received AEG's Publication Award in 1985 for his paper entitled, "Application of Soil Stratigraphic Techniques to Engineering Geology" (AEG Bulletin, Vol. XXII, No.4). In 1993, he was selected for the AEG-GSA Richard H. Jahns Distinguished Lecturer in Engineering Geology. He was elected Trustee of the Geological Society of America Foundation in 1996. He donated money to the Geological Society of America to establish the Roy J. Shlemon Mentor in Engineering Geology program. He donated money to the Engineering Geology Foundation in J 997 to begin an endowment fund for continuing education for specialty conferences in engineering geology and related fields. In 1998, he accepted the nomination to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Engineering Geology Foundation.
Roy J. Shlemon's accomplishments and history of service to the engineering geology profession was rewarded with a nomination to the AEG Honorary Member class in 2000.
- 2011 – Opportunities for Alternative Energy Development in Arizona and the Southwest - Geologic/Hydrologic Considerations, Tempe, Arizona
- 2010 – Modern Subsidence, Sea Level Rise, and the Future of the Gulf Coast, Galveston, Texas
2009 – #1 Evaluation, Risk Analysis, & Mitigation of Surface Faulting, Palm Desert, California
2009 – #2 Advancing New Madrid Region Time-History Determination, Memphis, Tennessee
- 2008 – Naturally Occurring Hazardous Substances, Folsom, California
- 2006 – Mass Wasting in Disturbed Watersheds, Durango, Colorado
- 2004 – Earth Fissures, El Paso, Texas