Gregory van der Vink
Gregory E. van der Vink was a visiting faculty member in the Department of Geosciences between 1991 and 2015, teaching courses in Environmental Decision Making and Investigating Natural Hazards. He remains an advisor for the Ghana project undertaken by Princeton University's chapter of Engineers Without Borders.
Van der Vink received his Ph.D. in Geosciences from Princeton University, has been a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, a Congressional Science Fellow, and an International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations. He was Princeton's 250th Anniversary Professor for Distinguished Teaching in 2000-01 and was awarded the Engineering Council's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2004.
As the President and CEO of Terrametrics, van der Vink’s specializes in predicting human responses to environmental change that impact poverty-reduction efforts and that are precursors for conflict. Terrametrics is a firm specializing in poverty reduction, conflict mitigation, and environmentally-sustainable economic growth in the developing world. The company is also developing a solar salt facility in Ghana to hep eliminate Iodine Deficiency Disorder and the associated mental impairment among infants and children.