Brian Fugiel graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1998 and a Master of Science degree in 2004. He was employed as a manager of geotechnical field activities for Wang Engineering in the greater Chicago area. As an undergraduate student at NIU, Brian himself benefited from a scholarship from the Weiss Fund. Not only was Brian an academically strong student, he was active in student and departmental activities and was an exemplary member of the geoscience community. His wit, personal warmth, and friendly nature contributed greatly to the sense of “family” within the department. In addition to his love of geology, Brian was fascinated with meteorology and storm-chasing. As a student and a professional, Brian enjoyed fieldwork and believed it to be a fundamentally important aspect of any geological project.