Rick Ordeman was born in Dayton and grew up in Oakwood. He graduated from the University of Dayton in 1982 with a BS Degree in Geology. He later went to graduate school to receive his teaching certificate in Ohio. In 1989 he went into the environmental consulting field. Currently he works as a Senior Project Geologist for Ordesign Environmental in Kettering. He takes great interest in the early inhabitants of the Miami Valley and Ohio, and especially the Indian Mounds. Rick shared his knowledge and showed topographic maps illustrating the geological history of Dayton. The following information came from Ordeman’s lecture from the University of Dayton Osher Lifelong Learning Institute course on January 9th.