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Tom Rice, M.E.

Assistant Professor of Geology


Before coming to Cedarville University, Professor Rice worked for 28 years as a geologist and engineer in government, industry, and academia, and for six years as a private consultant working as geological engineer and project manager. Most of his professional career was spent in the natural gas industry. Professor Rice is a Registered Professional Geologist and still works as a private consultant on engineering geology projects in the eastern United States. He is the author or co-author of a dozen articles published in both technical journals and nontechnical publications.

Education and Credentials

  • M.Engr. in Geological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
  • B.S. in Geology, West Virginia University

Scholarly Works

  • Estimates of Maximum Past Overburden for the Pierre Shale, Hayes Area, South Dakota (Thomas L. Rice) Science and Mathematics Faculty Publications (1987)
  • So, You Want to 3D Print a Landscape? An Outline of Some Methods (Dylan J. McKevitt, Thomas L. Rice, Emily Jackson, et al.) Alumni Book Gallery (2017)
  • Natural Building Stone.... A Review of the Geologic Occurrence, Properties, and Early Uses of Sandstone Building Stone in Randolph County, West Virginia (Thomas L. Rice) Science and Mathematics Faculty Publications (1987)  
  • Geotechnical Properties and Slop Stability Analysis of Surgical Sediments on the Atlantic Continental Slope in Two Regions -- Georges Bank and Baltimore Canyon (J. S. Booth, Thomas L. Rice and R. A. Farrow) Science and Mathematics Faculty Publications (1982)
  • Progressive Assessment of Lake Depths in Cedar Lake (Thomas L. Rice and Samuel L. Rice) The Research and Scholarship Symposium (2014)
View a listing of scholarly works in the Cedarville University Digital Commons »


  • Hobbies include geologic studies, hunting and fishing, staying at his log cabin in a wilderness area of eastern West Virginia, and doing things with his family.
  • He enjoys visiting anywhere that has good rock exposures.
  • His favorite places to explore are Alaska and the Colorado River Grand Canyon in Arizona and the eastern West Virginia mountains.