Geosyntec News and Events

GUELPH, Ontario, Canada — Geosyntec Consultants' Guelph office recently received the University of Guelph College of Management & Economics Workplace Education Award. The announcement was made at the Guelph Chamber of Commerce's 2009 Guelph Awards of Excellence Gala.The Workplace Education Award recognizes an organization in Guelph that exhibits excellence in supporting post-secondary education in some or all of the following ways:Providing tuition reimbursement for employees who take post-secondary courses or who undertake degree, diploma, or…
HOUSTON — MMI Engineering's Keith Clutter, PhD, along with Ericka Marie Stoltz and Fred Hudson of the University of Texas at San Antonio, co-authored the article "Modeling Property Value Loss in a City Due to Terrorist Bombings" published in the IEEE Systems Journal's June 2009 issue.The article is based on a study performed by the authors that uses a systems approach to determine property value loss due to damage from a terrorist bombing. A geometric…
GUELPH, Ontario, Canada — Geosyntec Consultants is pleased to announce that Evan Cox, Carol Aziz, PhD, PE, and Tom Krug, PEng, in its Guelph office have co-authored the publication In Situ Bioremediation of Perchlorate in Groundwater, which is part of the U.S. Department of Defense Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and U.S. Department of Defense Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) Monograph Series.Geosyntec staff are proud to be primary authors or co-authors on…
ATLANTA, Ga. — Geosyntec Consultants is pleased to announce the formal closing of its merger acquisition with MEC Water Resources, Inc., of Columbia, Mo. MEC Water Resources will continue to serve its clients as an operating unit of Geosyntec.According to Eric Strecker, PE, Geosyntec principal and chair of the firm's water and natural resources practice group, the merger of MEC Water Resources with Geosyntec "creates a team of specialists with a broad understanding of the…
SANTA BARBARA, Ca. — Geosyntec Consultants welcomes Jennifer Holder, PhD, as Principal. Jennifer's background in ecological risk assessment and extensive experience on large, complex sites has resulted in her excellent reputation for successfully assisting clients in reaching site-closure in a variety of regulatory contexts such as RCRA, CERCLA and NRDA.Jennifer has conducted ecological assessments in aquatic, sediment, and terrestrial habitats for a number of private sector clients and large Department of Defense facilities. Her field…
PRINCETON, NJ — Geosyntec Consultants is pleased to announce that Daniel Elliott, PhD, co-authored an article in the May 2009 issue of Journal of Environmental Engineering entitled "Degradation of Lindane by Zero-Valent Iron Nanoparticles." The Journal of Environmental Engineering is the magazine of the American Society of Civil Engineers.In the article, Dan and his co-authors, Hsing-Lung Lien of the National University of Kaohsiung in Taiwan and Wei-Xian Zhang of Lehigh University, discuss promising results they…
OAKLAND, Ca. — Geosyntec Consultants is pleased to announce that Elizabeth (Libby) McDonald, PE, a civil and environmental engineer, has recently joined the firm's Oakland office as Senior Consultant.Throughout her career, Libby has applied her engineering skills to a variety of projects, predominantly in the fields of groundwater and soil contamination and wastewater treatment. She comes to Geosyntec after spending 14 years managing environmental liability for Hewlett-Packard (HP). At HP, she was responsible for setting…
ATLANTA, Ga. — Geosyntec Consultants is pleased to announce that Steve Roy,LEED AP, and Ganesh Krishnan, PE, CPESC, co-authored an article in the May-June 2009 issue of The Military Engineer entitled "Sustainable Stormwater Management." The Military Engineer is the magazine of the Society of American Military Engineers.In the article, Steve and Ganesh, along with co-authors Russ Adams of Robins Air Force Base and Robert Goo of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, discuss The Energy Independence…
ATLANTA — Geosyntec Consultants is pleased to announce that several staff members presented at the World of Coal Ash (WOCA) May 4 — 7, 2009 in Lexington, Ky. WOCA is an international conference organized by the American Coal Ash Association and the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research focusing on the science, applications, and sustainability of coal ash globally.The following is a list of presenters along with their presentations:Application of Asset Management Principles…
COLUMBIA, Md. — The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvardsverket) recently published a guidance document, co-authored by Geosyntec, regarding bioavailability and its use in human health risk assessment. Geosyntec co-authored the document with SWECO, a civil/environmental consulting firm based in Malmo, Sweden and Dr. Edward Bouwer of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Although the document is primarily written in Swedish, it includes a brief summary in English. The document can be downloaded by clicking here."Geosyntec…
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Geosyntec is supporting engineering students at the University of North Florida (UNF) in their efforts to improve the quality of life at the Tamale Children's Home in Tamale, Ghana. Known as The Ghana Project, UNF established the bi-annual service learning trip for engineering and other students in 2001. The mission of The Ghana Project is to improve the quality of life of those living at the Tamale Children's Home through sustainable engineering…
BOSTON, Ma. — The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) retained Geosyntec to monitor and evaluate the stormwater flow from the Partridgeberry Place subdivision, a recent residential development located in the Ipswich River Watershed. The immediate project goal was to help improve groundwater base flow and develop a scientifically-based, reliable stormwater model to aid in other future low impact development (LID) designs within the Ipswich River Watershed. This study is rare in that it…
BOSTON, Ma. — Geosyntec is pleased to announce that Steve Roy,LEED AP, and Andrea Braga, A.M.ASCE, have published the article "Saving Silver Lake" in the February 2009 edition of Civil Engineering, a top trade magazine published by the American Society of Civil Engineers.In the article, Steve and Andrea share their story of collaborating with Wilmington, Mass., to improve the water quality of Silver Lake, a key recreational amenity in the town. The town, including its…
Geosyntec Consultants is proud to announce that several staff members were contributing authors on five articles and the editorial column focusing on vapor intrusion in one of the most widely-read journals in the environmental remediation industry, Ground Water Monitoring & Remediation. The articles featured include:"Simulated Soil Vapor Intrusion Attenuation Factors Including Biodegradation for Petroleum Hydrocarbons," by Lilian Abreu, Robert Ettinger, and Todd McAlary"A Case-Study of Soil Gas Sampling in Silt and Clay-rich (Low-Permeability) Materials," by…
Geosyntec is saddened to announce the loss of colleague and friend Bill Ward. Bill died on Monday, March 2, 2009. Memorial services were held on Saturday, March 7, 2009 in Homer Glen, Ill. As an Associate of the firm based in the Oak Brook, Ill., office, he worked tirelessly during his 24-year career to develop watershed management plans, nonpoint source best management practices, and total maximum daily load assessments. In particular, his practice focused on…
ANN ARBOR — Geosyntec welcomes Joe Esseichick, CHMM, CPG, as Senior Scientist in the Ann Arbor, Mich., office. Most recently, he spent over five years with General Motors (GM), where one of his primary responsibilities was to develop and implement a common, global risk identification, management, and monitoring process. In an earlier position at GM, he was responsible for internal environmental, health and safety regulatory compliance auditing. He led or participated in over 50 environmental,…
ATLANTA, Ga. — Geosyntec Consultants is pleased to announce that Jean-Pierre Giroud, Ph.D., Chairman Emeritus of the firm, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), one of the very highest professional distinctions given to an engineer. His election citation reads: "For pioneering research in geosynthetics engineering and its practical application in civil/geotechnical engineering."Dr. Giroud was among 65 newly elected members into the Academy. The NAE was founded in 1964 and operates under…
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Geosyntec is pleased to announce that staff members Greg Roush, PG, and Dan Elliott, PhD, were honored with awards in St. Augustine, Fla., from long-time client CSX Transportation.Greg, based in Geosyntec's Atlanta regional office, received an Outstanding Performance Award, and Dan Elliott, based in the firm's Princeton, NJ, office, received a Conrail Award of Excellence in honor of their outstanding performance on projects last year. Greg and Dan accepted their awards during…
OAKLAND, Ca. — Geosyntec is pleased to announce that Lisa Austin, PE, was elected to the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA) Board of Directors. CASQA assists the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) and municipalities throughout the state of California in implementing the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater mandates of the Federal Clean Water Act. CASQA's membership is comprised of a wide array of stormwater quality management organizations and professionals from across the…
ATLANTA, Ga. — Geosyntec is pleased to announce that four staff members have co-authored papers appearing in the January 2009 edition of Environmental Science and Technology, which is a leading technical journal published by the American Chemical Society.Evan Cox, and Jeff Roberts co-authored the paper "Carbon and Chlorine Isotope Fractionation during Aerobic Oxidation and Reductive Dechlorination of Vinyl Chloride and cis-1,2-Dichloroethene" with researchers from the University of Neuchatel (Switzerland) and Univerisity of Waterloo (Canada). David…
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Geosyntec is pleased to announce that Kwasi Badu-Tweneboah, PhD, PE, has been invited to present at GeoAfrica 2009, the first African regional conference on geosynthetic issues. GeoAfrica 2009, to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, is being organized by the Geosynthetics Interest Group of South Africa (GIGSA) under the auspices of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS)."Geosynthetics play major roles in waste containment, liquid impoundments, reservoirs, road and embankment construction, dams and…
SANTA BARBARA, Ca. — Lilian Abreu, PhD, a senior staff engineer based in Geosyntec's Santa Barbara office, will be speaking at the National Forum on Vapor Intrusion, sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The forum, to be held at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, is scheduled for January 12 — 13, 2009.Lilian's presentation, entitled "Vapor Intrusion Conceptual Site Model," will address the ways that vapor travels in the subsurface, seeping into buildings. Using the Abreu…
ATLANTA, Ga. — Geosyntec announces the appointment of Robert Bachus, PhD, PE, as Adjunct Professor with the Georgia Institute of Technology's (Georgia Tech) School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.Dr. Bachus, a principal engineer based in Georgia with more than 30 years of experience, focuses on geotechnical engineering, geosynthetic engineering, waste by-product characterization, and waste containment. In fact, he is nationally recognized for his expertise in geotechnical site characterization, in situ and laboratory testing, settlement and…
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Nandra Weeks, PE, stepped in as the new President of the Florida Brownfields Association (FBA) this week at their annual conference held at St. Pete Beach, Florida. Nandra has been active in the FBA, serving in many roles such as Secretary, Treasurer, as well as President-Elect for the past year.The FBA is a non-profit, volunteer, service organization dedicated to assisting in the advancement and implementation of the Florida and National Brownfields Redevelopment…
OAKLAND — MMI Engineering, a wholly owned subsidiary of Geosyntec Consultants, is pleased to announce it was recently awarded a contract by the NASA Ames Research Center to develop numerical simulation approaches for possible adverse events in a rocket launch vehicle leading to deflagration of the propellant liquid hydrogen and oxygen. MMI will simulate phenomenology that involves both structural mechanics and computational fluid dynamics (CFD), i.e., rupture of the propellant tanks, the phase change, mixing…
ATLANTA, Ga. — Ganesh Krishnan, PE, CPESC, Martha Carr, PG, and Jay Beech, PhD, PE, will present at the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Georgia Chapter's 2008 Fall Conference and Annual Business Meeting in St. Simons Island, Ga., on November 12 — 14.Ganesh, an associate engineer at Geosyntec, will address stormwater issues within the solid waste industry. He has more than 14 years of experience as a design engineer in water resources and…
Kennesaw, Georgia — Geosyntec Consultants is pleased to announce that ADVENT and Geosyntec were recently awarded a task order under the Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment (AFCEE) 4PAE08 contract. Geosyntec and ADVENT will conduct an evaluation of the remedial action effectiveness at the Horse Pasture Site at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia and implement a pilot study of a remedial process optimization (RPO) alternative. ADVENT is a full-service, woman-owned small business specializing…
PORTLAND — Geosyntec Consultants is pleased to announce it was recently awarded a National Cooperative Highway Research Program contract (NCHRP) through the National Academy of Sciences (NCHPR project 25-31). Along with Geosyntec staff, our research team includes researchers at Oregon State University, Marie Venner and Associates (Denver), the Low-Impact Development Center (Maryland), and Wrightwater Engineers (Denver).With a performance period of 24 months through 2011, Geosyntec will be developing a guidance document for governmental transportation agencies…
ATLANTA, Ga. — Geosyntec is pleased to announce that the firm has been ranked Number 1 nationally among large firms and Number 2 overall in the 2008 "Best Firm to Work For" competition, based on a survey of environmental firms by the Environmental Business Journal. This is the first year that environmental firms had a category separate from other civil engineering specialty firms. Unlike other benchmarking surveys that the firm participates in, the Best Firm…
BOCA RATON - Geosyntec is pleased to announce that it is part of the successful Bauer Foundation Corp. team selected for construction of a 3-mile segment of the Seepage Cutoff Wall, part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Herbert Hoover Dike (HHD) Rehabilitation project to stabilize and secure the aging Herbert Hoover Dike. Geosyntec will develop specialized work plans, coordinate local and state permitting, and perform quality control and environmental monitoring tasks for the…
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