Geosyntec News and Events

Geosyntec professionals will make significant technical contributions at the Florida Remediation Conference at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida on December 5 – 6, 2018. Jim Langenbach, P.E., BCEE (Florida), as Conference Chair, will open the conference by delivering "A Word from the Chair;" Rula Deeb, Ph.D., BCEEM, PMP (California), Mike Burcham, P.E., (Texas), and Joseph Bartlett, P.E. (Florida), will deliver technical presentations; and Joe Applegate, P.G. (Florida) will moderate a session. Additionally, Phil…
Staci Capozzi, Ph.D. (Maryland) coauthored a paper entitled "Positive Matrix Factorization Analysis Shows Dechlorination of Polychlorinated Biphenyls during Domestic Wastewater Collection and Treatment" that was published in the journal Chemosphere on pages 289-296 in Volume 216, on October 22, 2018. Staci was the lead author, and her coauthors were Ran Jing, Lisa A. Rodenburg, and Birthe Veno Kjellerup. Staci is a Senior Staff Scientist based in Maryland focused on data mining, source apportionment, polychlorinated biphenyls…
Geosyntec's project, Humboldt Bay Power Plant Decommissioning-Caisson Removal, was named one of Engineering News-Record (ENR) California's Best Projects for 2018 Specialty Construction on October 2, 2018. The project owner was Pacific Gas and Electric Co., the lead design firm was McMillen Jacobs, the general contractor/civil engineer was APTIM, and Geosyntec provided engineering support to APTIM for removal of the caisson. Pacific Gas and Electric's Humboldt Bay nuclear power plant in Eureka, California was built in…
Geosyntec professionals will be making significant technical contributions at the Air & Waste Management Association's (A&WMA) 9th specialty conference on Vapor Intrusion, Remediation, and Site Closure Technology Conference at the Westin Phoenix Downtown in Phoenix, Arizona December 5-6, 2018. Continuing the momentum from the eight previous vapor intrusion specialty conferences sponsored by A&WMA, this event will bring together internationally recognized scientists, engineers, regulators, and attorneys with experience in bringing sites to closure in a technically…
Wade Burcham, P.E., LEED AP BD+C (Alabama) and David Vance, P.G. (Georgia) will present at the 2018 Alabama Mississippi Bays and Bayous Symposium at the Arthur R. Outlaw Convention Center in Mobile, Alabama on November 28 - 29, 2018. Wade is a Principal Civil and Environmental Engineer based in Alabama with more than 21 years of professional experience focused on natural stream stabilization, water resources engineering, stormwater management, municipal engineering, and contract administration. David is…
Geosyntec professionals will be making significant technical contributions at the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) Symposium 2018: Enhancing Department of Defense's (DoD's) Mission Effectiveness at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington D.C. on November 27 – 29, 2018. Professional staff with poster presentations are: Helen Dawson, Ph.D. (Washington, D.C.), Jason Conder, Ph.D. (California), Rula Deeb, Ph.D., BCEEM, PMP (California), and David Reynolds, Ph.D., P.Eng. (Ontario).…
Ali Ciblak, Ph.D. (Georgia) coauthored a paper entitled "Immobilized Palladium-catalyzed Electro-Fenton's Degradation of Chlorobenzene," published in the Chemosphere journal on October 22, 2018. His coauthors were Roya Nazari, Ljiljana Rajić, Sebastián Hernández, Ibrahim E. Mousa, Wei Zhou, Dibakar Bhattacharyya, and Akram N. Alshawabkeh. Ali is a groundwater remediation professional based in Georgia with more than seven years of experience focused on the assessment, selection, and implementation of remedial actions for contaminated sites and treatment technologies.…
Melissa Setz (Georgia) coauthored a paper entitled "Lithium Extraction to Determine Ammonium in the Exchange Complex of Bentonite" that was published in the Geotechnical Testing Journal in Volume 42, Issue 1 on August 16, 2018. Her coauthors were Craig H. Benson, Sabrina L. Bradshaw, and Kuo Tian. Melissa is a Geotechnical Engineer based in Georgia focused on characterization and remedial investigations; geotechnical engineering quality control practices; and implementation and compliance. Her professional experience includes a…
Kenneth Mika, P.E. (Wisconsin) received the Distinguished and Outstanding Alumni Award from University of Wisconsin-Platteville at the University Awards and Recognition Ceremony in the Center for the Arts on October 5, 2018. Kenneth is a Project Engineer based in Wisconsin with ten years of professional experience in civil and environmental consulting, design and field engineering, construction administration and management, construction oversight and quality assurance for environmental, energy, and municipal projects. The award recognizes alumni of…
Kevin Kopp (California) coauthored a paper entitled "Incorporating Thermal Effects in Modeling of municipal solid waste (MSW) Landfills" that was presented at the International Congress on Environmental Geotechnics (ICEG) and published in the Proceedings of the 8th International Congress on Environmental Geotechnics: Towards a Sustainable Geoenvironment on October 11, 2018. His coauthors were: Girish Kuma, Krishna R. Reddy, James L. Hanson, and Nazli Yesiller. Kevin is a Senior Staff Engineer based in California, focused on…
Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger will participate in a panel discussion regarding what we are doing now to impact the future of energy. The panel is entitled "The Art of Engineering Tomorrow's Energy" and will be part of Florida's Women in Energy Leadership Forum in Destin, Florida on November 8, 2018. The panel will have short presentations followed by a question and answer session. Dottie's presentation will tie her previous National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) career to…
Todd McAlary, Ph.D., P.Eng., P.G. (Toronto) will present "New Tools for Vapor Intrusion Mitigation Design" at the Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals (MAEP) Professional Development Meeting at the Block Brewing Company in Howell, Michigan from 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on November 7, 2018. Geosyntec's Wayne Amber, Ph.D., (Michigan) sits on the Board of Directors and will also be attending the event along with Rob Ferree, C.P.G., (Michigan) and Bryan VanDuinen, P.E. (Michigan). Geosyntec is…
Rudy Bonaparte, Ph.D., P.E., NAE, F.ASCE (Georgia) will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement in Engineering Award from the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers for 2019. The award honors licensed engineers who have made a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the engineering profession, the public welfare, and humankind. An active engineering practitioner and Board Chairman at Geosyntec, Rudy previously served as President and CEO for 20 years, leading the firm from a handful of professionals…
Geosyntec's project, International Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) Database, was honored by the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA) with the Outstanding Stormwater Research Project Award at CASQA's 14th Annual Conference in Riverside, California on October 16, 2018. Mark A. Lombos, P.E., California Stormwater Quality Association, Director and CASQA Awards Committee, Chairman notified Geosyntec's Eric Strecker, P.E., BCEE (Oregon) of the award. Eric is one of the Principal Investigators for the project since its inception in…
Lelio Mejia, Ph.D., P.E., G.E. (California) was recently honored by the University of California, Berkeley Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE). He was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Alumni's Class of 2018 at an awards banquet held at the University Club of the California Memorial Stadium on the Berkeley campus. Lelio is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Oakland, California with more than 35 years of experience in geotechnical and earthquake engineering. For…
Dogus Meric, Ph.D. (Illinois) and Jennifer Arblaster (Vermont) authored sections of the recently published American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standard Guide (ASTM E3163 - Selection and Application of Analytical Methods and Procedures Used During Sediment Corrective Action). Dogus is a Project Professional based in Illinois with more than nine years of experience focused on the planning, execution, and management of remedial investigation, feasibility studies, remedial design, numerical fate and transport modeling, and environmental…
John Seymour, P.E. (Illinois) will be leading two sessions at the 2018 Ponded Ash Workshop in Louisville, Kentucky on October 30-31, 2018. This event is organized and hosted by the American Coal Ash Association (ACAA), the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (UK CAER), and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). John is a Senior Principal Civil Engineer based in Illinois with more than 30 years of experience focused on site remediation, deep…
John Hollar, P.E. (Georgia) will moderate Session 7 entitled "Lessons Learned from Real World EMIS Implementations" at the National Association for Environmental Management's (NAEM's) 26th Annual Environmental, Health, Safety, and Sustainability (EHS&S) Management Forum in Louisville, Kentucky on October 24, 2018. John also served on the 2018 Forum Planning Committee for this event. John is a Principal Civil and Environmental Engineer based in Georgia with more than 25 years of experience advising a variety of…
Brandon Steets, P.E. (California) will be a panelist in a session entitled "Clean Water Act Jurisdiction: Uncertainties and Practical Implications" at the 17th Annual Environmental Law Fall Symposium Waves of Change: New Developments in Environmental Law hosted by the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on November 9, 2018. Other panelists presenting with Brandon are Sam Brown, Partner, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP; and Michael…
Ken Susilo, P.E., CPSWQ (California) and Mike Houlihan, P.E. (Maryland) will participate in roundtable discussions at the Integrated Water and Stormwater Infrastructure Symposium at the FHI 360 Conference Center in Washington D.C. on November 1, 2018. Ken is a Senior Principal Water Resources Engineer based in California with more than 20 years of experience focused on urban stormwater management. Ken specializes in the development of multi-benefit, environmentally-sensitive solutions to stormwater management and water conservation design…
Jason Conder, Ph.D. and Rula Deeb, Ph.D., BCEEM, PMP (California) have been invited to present on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at Fall 2018 Petroleum Environmental Research Forum (PERF) Meeting on Emerging Risk Issues at the Woodlands Resort & Conference Center in Houston, Texas on October 23, 2018. Jason will discuss PFAS ecotoxicity and ecological risk assessment, and Rula will provide an overview of PFAS chemistry, environmental fate and transport, and remediation advances. Jason Conder…
Patricia Varela, Ph.D. (Texas) is serving as Chair of The Society for Underwater Technology United States (SUT-US) Young Professionals Committee (YP) until June 2020. In this role, her duties include calling and chairing meetings, acting as an official spokesperson for the SUT-US YP in all matters, making herself available to all SUT-US YP members, and maintaining communication of presidential activities pertaining to SUT-US YP business with the SUT-US executive board and the general membership. Patricia's…
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