Geosyntec News and Events

Beth Gross, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE (Texas) has served on the Board of Governors for the Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for four years and has recently been named President for this more than 13,000-member organization. Beth is a Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer based in Texas with more than 25 years of experience focused on environmental site characterization and management, as well as siting, design, permitting, operations, construction, and closure of…
Ravi Arulanantham, Ph.D. (California) coauthored a chapter entitled "Human Health Risk Assessment in Site Remediation" in the book "Fundamentals of Environmental Site Assessment and Remediation." His coauthors were California regulators Chawn Y. Jeng and Yue Rong. Edited by Yue Rong and released by CRC Press, the book includes a comprehensive review of environmental policies and regulations, with a focus on site assessments, risk management, and communication. Ravi's chapter provides an overview of human health risk…
Nandra Weeks, P.E., (Florida) served as moderator for a "Waste Recycling Roundtable" at the Air & Waste Management Association's 54th Annual Conference and Exhibition in Jupiter, Florida. The roundtable focused on current issues, potential solutions, and explored outside-the-box thinking related to recycling. Nandra also served on the Technical and Student Environmental Challenge Committees for this event. Geosyntec was a Gold Sponsor for the event and provided the award for the four winning teams of the…
Marc Rogoff, Ph.D. (Florida), Jeremy Morris, Ph.D., P.E. (Maryland), and Bill Gaffigan, CVA (Maryland) coauthored an article entitled "Industry Trends: Uncertain Times for Solid Waste Agencies" in the Old Dominion Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America in Virginia (SWANA VA) 2018 December Newsletter. The article focuses on what has been happening in the solid waste industries, China's new policies on U.S. recycling, and possible solutions to current and future challenges. Marc is…
Andrea Rocha, Ph.D., Jacques Smith, Ph.D., and Duane Graves, Ph.D. (Tennessee) delivered a presentation entitled "Next Generation Sequencing for Management of Surface Water/Groundwater Interaction and Quality" at the National Ground Water Association's (NGWA's) 2018 Groundwater Week at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 3, 2018. Andrea is a Senior Staff Scientist based in Tennessee with more than 10 years of experience focused on leading-edge research using an array…
Melissa Setz, P.E. (Georgia) was selected to serve a three-year term as a member of the Geo-Institute's Embankments, Dams, and Slopes (EDS) Committee. The Committee develops guidance documents to address current topics requested by practitioners. They also execute special funded projects such as assessing landslide risk, serving on EDS event reconnaissance teams, and conducting webinars. Additional duties include award nominations and conference development. The committee will meet next during the upcoming annual Geo-Institute Conference, Geo-Congress…
Rishab Mahajan, P.E., CFM, CPSWQ (Illinois) gave a presentation entitled "Fox River Water Quality Modeling Update" at the Fox River Study Group (FRSG) Annual Meeting at the Fox Metro Water Reclamation District on October 25, 2018. Other presenters at the meeting were Cindy Skrukrud who presented "Fox River Water Quality Trends Analysis," and Tom Muth and Karen Clementi who presented "Fox Metro Environmental Initiatives and Solar Energy." Rishab is a Project Engineer based in Illinois…
Glenn Rix, Ph.D., (Georgia) was recently interviewed by Georgia Public Broadcasting to provide public information on the durability of infrastructure following the magnitude 4.4 earthquake that hit Tennessee. Glenn explained how engineers spend time and effort ensuring their buildings will resist horizontal forces, which often determines how well they will withstand an earthquake. He discusses how building codes guide engineers and builders in making structures earthquake resistant to help protect human life. Glenn gives examples…
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…
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