James Totten Kirkland, PhD

James Kirkland

Title: Partner
Company: Professional Consulting Corp.
Location: Manassas Park, Virginia, United States

James Totten Kirkland, PhD, Partner at Professional Consulting Corp., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in geology.

Dr. Kirkland’s initial interest in geology and science began in the mid-1950s when he joined a youth museum in Leonia, New Jersey. Numerous professors from Columbia University would visit the museum and bring samples of rocks and fossils for the children to examine, and his intrigue in the field continued to blossom from there. Dr. Kirkland received a Bachelor of Arts from Syracuse University in 1966, a Master of Science from the State University of New York, Cortland in 1969 and Doctor of Philosophy from the State University of New York, Binghamton in 1973.

For the past 28 years, since 1993, Dr. Kirkland has excelled as a partner with the Professional Consulting Group in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Prior to his current role, he was an adjunct professor at American University in Washington, D.C. from 1994 to 1996 and a project manager with SCS Engineers in Reston, Virginia in 1992 and 1993. Between 1972 and 1975, Dr. Kirkland had gained experience as a consultant, research associate at the State University of New York, Binghamton and adjunct associate professor at Dartmouth College.

To remain abreast of his industry, Dr. Kirkland holds membership with Sigma Xi, the Association of Engineering Geologists and the American Institute of Professional Geologists, of which he is a former president and vice president of the capital section. Notably, he is a fellow of the Geological Society of America. To add to his professional feats, Dr. Kirkland is a contributor of articles to professional journals and was included in one of the early moon watch teams.

Dr. Kirkland attributes his vast success to his wife, Linda, Professors John Prucha and Newton Chute at Syracuse University and Professor Donald R. Coates at the State University of New York, Binghamton. Over the years, he has been most proud to work with professionals in other scientific and engineering disciplines with a multidisciplinary and research-based approach. As a testament to his legacy, Dr. Kirkland is also listed in the third edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering. In his spare time, he enjoys woodworking and building models.

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