The SUNY Potsdam Alumni Association honored Erin Wagner, a 2010 graduate of Gates Chili High School, with the 2017 Rising Star Award at its recent Bicentennial Reunion Weekend.
The award is presented to alumni who demonstrate outstanding professional achievement in the first decade following graduation. Wagner was recognized for her career accomplishments as well as her generosity and leadership.
Wagner is scientist within the geology field. She attended SUNY Potsdam with support from the Mount Emmons Scholarship, and was a member of the women’s volleyball team for three years.
Wagner was selected as one of 16 students nationwide to take part in the Geological Society of America-ExxonMobil Bighorn Basin field trip during the summer of 2013, where she exhibited her presentation skills, ability to work in and lead a group and skill in defending her interpretations. As a result, she was selected for an internship with Exxon-Mobil after her graduation in December 2013, and was offered a full-time position as a petroleum geoscientist, making her one of only 25 Exxon-Mobil geoscience hires that year worldwide.
Wagner works offshore on the Gulf of Mexico, where she solves geologic problems in order to recover natural resources both cost-effectively and safely. In addition to working on geologic problems, Wagner participates in partner relations with other companies with a shared interest in assets as well as looking at scientific questions with the corporation’s business strategy in mind.
She is an active participant in the ExxonMobil Women’s Network, which provides resources, networking and support for women in the company. Wagner is passionate about giving back and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers for other young women.
She established the Erin Wagner ’13 Field Camp Experience Scholarship in 2015, making her the youngest major donor in SUNY Potsdam history. Wagner established the scholarship to recognize that field camp work is often financially out of reach for many students.
“It seems to be almost daily that I call upon methods and information I learned in my time at SUNY Potsdam,” Wagner said. “By creating this scholarship, I hope to give geology students at Potsdam the same positive experience that I had, and that ultimately led to my post-graduation achievements.”