Retired University Professor Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

December 10, 2014

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – David Jensen, former Professor of Environmental Science and Director of the National Spill Control School (NSCS) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Texas General Land Office (TGLO) at the Clean Gulf 2014 Conference held December 4 in San Antonio, Texas. 

Jensen has influenced and contributed to pollution prevention, preparedness, response, and safety management practices, procedures, and programs across the nation.  He worked with the NSCS from 1990 through 2009, and served as a Professor of Environmental Sciences at the Island University from 1994 until his retirement in 2013.  

“Dave is not the type that seeks out such awards,” said Tony Wood, the Director of the National Spill Control School. “His efforts have been rewarded by the accomplishments of many hundreds and thousands of individuals he has taught. This award is one of the first times he will be recognized for the last 40 years of teaching others to be better managers, planners, and stewards of environmental resources.”

Jensen has developed and taught numerous courses for the NSCS including academic courses in Environmental Regulations, Oil Spill Management, and Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER). He has been instrumental in assuring that University students in the Environmental Sciences programs graduate with certifications in HAZWOPER, Incident Command Systems, and Oil Spill Management, Planning, and Response Strategies & Tactics.

As a University Professor, he has trained many aspiring environmental professionals throughout their collegiate careers, preparing them to be employed in numerous state agencies including the TGLO.  

During his tenure with the NSCS at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, the school was recognized for its contributions to national and international spill response and was cited in the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 as an advisory and educational entity supporting the National Response Team. He has also helped the TGLO find qualified interns and graduates to staff offices along the Texas coast.