Global Mentorship and Supporting Women in STEM

In 2018, Northgate’s Principal Geologist Maile Smith took part in two volunteer delegations as part of the TechWomen program, traveling to both Nigeria and Malaysia. In 2019, as Northgate continues our social responsibility and commitment to mentoring women in science, Maile is headed to Uzbekistan. The purpose of the delegation trips is to engage and encourage women to consider a career path in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). While women are gaining numbers in traditionally male-dominated fields, they are still significantly outnumbered in STEM. Among girls, interest in STEM begins to wane in early adolescence.  We believe it is […]

In Celebration of #TechWomen18

#TechWomen18 at Northgate Northgate celebrates our 8th year participating in TechWomen. This fall, Northgate welcomed emerging women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to join us in our Oakland office for four weeks of mentoring and professional exchange. Participating in the TechWomen program since its initial launch in 2011, Northgate closes out the year in celebration of our 8th year of mentoring with this dynamic and inspirational program. TechWomen is an international exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State that empowers, connects, and supports early to mid-career leaders from Africa, Central and South Asia, and the […]

2017 TechWomen Mentee Update – Congratulations Ijeoma!

Northgate’s 2017 TechWomen mentee, Ijeoma Vincent-Akpu, was recently promoted to Head of the Animal and Environmental Biology Department at the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria. Previously she was a Senior Lecturer, leading graduate and post-graduate courses on hydrobiology, fisheries biology, aquatic toxicology, environmental impact assessment, coastal resource management, and climate change adaptation. Ijeoma is most excited about teaching others how to adopt best practices in sustenance-level aquaculture, sparking change in people’s attitudes and relationship to the environment and ecosystem, while improving opportunities and livelihoods in the Niger Delta, especially for at-risk youth. She recently completed a project in Chennai, […]

Northgate Staff Presents at Spring Conference on Soil, Water, Energy and Air

Earlier this spring, Northgate Engineer Nicky Robinson presented at the Association for Environmental Health and Sciences (AEHS) Foundation’s 28th Annual International West Coast Conference on Soil, Water, Energy and Air. Nicky presented a remediation case study entitled, “Minimizing Environmental Exposure by Incorporating Redevelopment Design in Remediation of Former Wood Treatment Facility”. Her poster explored the management and mitigation of a 12-acre remediation of soil, groundwater, and soil vapor at a site that historically served as a wood treatment facility and an oilfield for the past 70 years. The site was impacted with pentachlorephenol, metals, VOCs, dioxins/furans, and methane. The remedial […]

Northgate Receives 10-year Recognition as Green Business

Northgate was recognized and awarded for 10 years in the Alameda County Green Business Program, a member of the California Green Business Network. Over the past decade, Northgate has prioritized conserving resources and preventing pollution in our office facilities, operations, and projects. Going beyond program compliance in the areas of waste, energy, water, pollution prevention, and air quality, we seek out creative and holistic solutions to reducing our environmental footprint in the communities where we work and live. Our green business practices under the program include: Reducing water use Conserving energy Promoting and incentivizing alternative transportation for employees Eliminating and […]

Northgate Drone Team Presents at California Geospatial Conference

Northgate was pleased to share the story of one of our Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS/drone) projects at the 2017 CalGIS/LocationCon conference in Oakland. In its 23rd year, The CalGIS Conference is considered a premier venue to discuss geospatial technologies. Northgate associate Taylor Bennett presented a case study from our successful drone mapping and imagery project at the Montezuma wetlands restoration site in the San Francisco estuary. At the Montezuma wetlands, Northgate and our partner, GeoWing Mapping Inc., conducted a high-resolution aerial survey of a 2,150-acre portion of the Suisun Marsh, which is now being restored from farmland to its original wetland state. […]

Northgate Geologist Dana Brown Receives Scouting Program’s District Award of Merit

Northgate Geologist Dana Brown was recently awarded The District Award of Merit, the highest award the Long Beach Area Council can give to an adult volunteer in the Scouting program. Having been a Cub, Boy, and Explorer Scout from kindergarten to age 18, as an adult Dana recognized the opportunity to “pay back” the Scouting program as a volunteer. Since 2011, he has served as Unit Commissioner and District Commissioner, and is currently the Dean of the Commissioner College. In 2014, Dana achieved his Bachelor of Science degree in Commissioner Science and was awarded the Commissioner’s Key award for service to his unit. In 2015, Dana […]

Northgate Supports Angel Island Conservancy

In our commitment to preserving parks, wetlands, and open space, Northgate is pleased to support the Angel Island Conservancy, a partner of Angel Island State Park, at their Angel Lights event.  The Angel Island Conservancy raises funds and develops public outreach programs, including a scholarship program for underserved students. Funds raised will be used to give students the opportunity to visit this local treasure, and learn about the history and habitat of the island. From left to right: Sasha Schmitz (Northgate Marketing Coordinator), Deni Chambers (Northgate President), Maile Smith (Northgate Principal), Mike Josselyn (Angel Island Conservancy Board Member).

Northgate Supports TechWomen Mentoring Girls in STEM Community Event at Twitter

This week Northgate attended the TechWomen Mentoring Girls in STEM Community Event hosted by Twitter’s Women in Engineering Group, #WOMENG. We met many inspiring emerging leaders from Africa and the Middle East, as well as  professional and cultural mentors from STEM organizations around the Bay Area. The night ended with a #TechWomen song! #TW2014

Northgate Supports TechWomen 2014

Northgate is proud to be supporting TechWomen again in 2014.  This will be the third time Northgate has participated in TechWomen.  This year, Northgate will be hosting an emerging leader from Tunisia who has particular interest in soil investigations and geotechnical challenges. TechWomen, a program sponsored by the US Department of State, connects women leaders from Africa and the Middle East focused on developing their careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with talented professional mentors throughout the Bay Area. This year, the 78 visiting women from Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Nigeria, the […]