Art is a professional engineer and geologist with degrees in civil engineering (B.S. 1969) and geology (M.S. 1972) from the University of Colorado . Since 1972 he has worked exclusively as a consulting engineer and geologist in the fields of snow- and rock-avalanche mechanics, debris-flow and mountain-torrent dynamics, rockfall, and associated structural-defense and land-use problems. His primary consulting emphasis during the past 34 years has been avalanche-control engineering. This engineering specialty includes delineation of avalanche-hazard areas for zoning and mountain construction and design avalanche-control facilities. He has worked as a consultant on avalanche forecasting and hazard-evaluation for several state transportation departments in the United States . His consulting work has taken him to various snow climates in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and New Zealand . He has worked as a research consultant on avalanche dynamics for the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Forest Service, and Colorado Department of Transportation.

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