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Amanda Hughes, Ph.D. (Illinois) will participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 24th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) symposium at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, Massachusetts, September 5-7, 2018. Eighty-four of the brightest young engineers in the United States were selected to take part in the symposium. The symposium will cover cutting-edge developments in Quantum Computing, Technology for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief, Resilient and Reliable Infrastructure, and Theranostics. Engineers ages 30…
Joseph Cleary, P.E., BCEE (New Jersey) and George Hollerbach, P.E., CSP (New Jersey) will present "Pharmaceutical Wastewater Treatment Trends and Key Issues" at the New Jersey Water Environment Association (NJWEA) Technology Transfer Seminar from 9:15 - 10:00 a.m. on September 11, 2018. Joseph Cleary is a Principal Environmental Engineer based in New Jersey with more than 42 years of experience focused on industrial wastewater, water reuse, waste to energy, and groundwater remediation. George Hollerbach is…
Geosyntec recently presented on "Microbial Source Tracking" at the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) Annual Conference. The topic generated interesting discussions on how municipalities target illicit discharges to comply with their Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit. Include link to Geosyntec's content here Erica Tillinghast, PE (GA), CPESC is a Project Engineer based in Kennesaw, Georgia with more than nine years of professional and research experience in water resources and environmental engineering specializing…
Peter Zeeb, Ph.D., P.G., LSP (Massachusetts) will moderate a roundtable discussion titled "The Use of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) at Industrial and Military Facilities: Technical, Regulatory, and Legal Issues." Rula Deeb, Ph.D., BCEEM, PMP (California) will serve as a panelist, providing the consulting/engineering perspective on the issues. The seminar will be hosted live from noon to 2:00 p.m. EST on September 12, 2018 at the ELI headquarters in Washington, D.C. and will also be…
As in previous years, Geosyntec will be a Gold Sponsor of the 13th Annual Georgia Environmental Conference (GEC) at the Jekyll Island Convention Center in Georgia on August 22-24, 2018. Ganesh Krishnan, P.E., CPESC, D.WRE (Georgia) is a Steering Committee member for the Georgia Environmental Conference and serves as the Scholarship Committee Chair. Chris Saranko, Ph.D. will present on changes to the methodology for deriving Risk Reduction Standards (RRS) for soil and groundwater included in…
Rula Deeb, Ph.D., BCEEM, PMP (California), Jason Conder, Ph.D. (California), and Lange Jorstad, Ph.D. (Sydney, Australia) will be leading a Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CARE) workshop "Technical and regulatory issues resulting from the use of PFAS at contaminated sites" in Sydney, Australia on August 27 from 8:00 to 5:00 p.m. and again in Melbourne, Australia on August 30 from 8:00 to 5:00 p.m. These one-day workshops will provide…
Sandra Owens, CHMM, CSP (Florida) will present "Section 112(r)(1) The General Duty Clause Under RMP" at the Alliance of Hazardous Materials Professionals (AHMP) 2018 National Conference in Reno, Nevada from 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. on August 27, 2018. Sandy is a Senior Scientist with more than 20 years of experience in environmental, health and safety compliance with specific technical expertise in process safety management (PSM) and risk management programs (RMP) compliance. She performs PSM and…
Marc Rogoff, Ph.D. (Florida) will be moderating and Sean O'Donnell, Ph.D. (Maryland) will be a panelist in a session entitled "Cost Effective Organics Collection and Processing Out in the Country" at the Solid Waste Association of North America's (SWANA) WASTECON 2018 at Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee on August 20-23, 2018. Geosyntec is sponsoring the session and the Young Professional Oganization of SWANA at WASTECON. Marc is a Senior Consultant based in Florida with more…
Lelio Mejia, Ph.D., P.E., G.E. (California) has been selected by the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to serve on the Independent Review Board (IRB) for DWR's comprehensive needs assessment (CNA) project for the Oroville Dam facilities. Oroville Dam is the tallest dam in the nation with a height of over 770 feet, a crest length of about 1 mile, and an embankment volume of about 80 million cubic yards. In February 2017, an incident…
Beth Gross, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE (Texas) served as Lead Principal Investigator and John Seymour, P.E. (Illinois) served as Co-Principal Investigator for the "Alternative Cover Systems for Coal Combustion Residuals Landfills and Surface Impoundments" Technical Report 2017 for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Beth is a Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer with more than 25 years of experience focused on environmental site characterization and management, as well as siting, design, permitting, operations, construction, and closure…
Paul Tschirky, Ph.D., P.Eng, D.CE (Louisiana) will present "Living Breakwaters: Designing for Resiliency" at the 36th International Conference on Coastal Engineering (ICCE) 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland July 30-August 3, 2018. The presentation will discuss the Living Breakwaters Project, a unique design of an offshore breakwater system to promote coastal resilience in Tottenville, Staten Island, New York. It combines physical risk reduction through wave attenuation and erosion prevention functions with ecological enhancement and habitat creation as…
Wassim Tabet, Ph.D. (Kennesaw) coauthored a technical paper “Characterization of Hydration Products’ Formation and Strength Development in Cement-Stabilized Kaolinite Using TG and XRD” that will be published in the Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, a publication from American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in October 2018. Wassim is a Senior Staff Engineer who joined Geosyntec’s Kennesaw, Georgia office in February 2016 after graduating with a Ph.D. in geotechnical engineering from the University of Oklahoma.…
Marc J. Rogoff, Ph.D. (Florida), coauthored an article entitled “So You Want To Be An Expert Witness?” published in The Reporter, published by the Florida Bar’s The Environmental and Land Use Law Section (ELULS), on pages 7-8 in volume 38, Number 4, July 2018. Marc is a Senior Consultant based in Florida with more than 38 years of professional experience focused on solid waste management, waste collection studies, facility feasibility assessments, facility site selection, property…
Todd McAlary, Ph.D., P.Eng., P.G. (Toronto), authored an article entitled "Fluid Flow Model for Predicting the Intrusion Rate of Subsurface Contaminant Vapors into Buildings " published in the Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T) journal on June 25, 2018. His coauthors were John Gallinatti, P.G., CEG, CHg (California), Gordon Thrupp, Ph.D. (California), William Wertz, Ph.D. (New York), Darius Mali (Ontario), and Helen Dawson, Ph.D. (Washington D.C.). Todd is a Senior Principal Engineer with more than 30…
Helen Dawson, Ph.D. (Washington D.C.), and Todd McAlary, Ph.D., P.Eng., P.G. (Toronto) co-authored six vapor intrusion (VI) technology fact sheets recently published by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The VI fact sheets were developed by the DoD Tri-Services Environmental Risk Assessment Workgroup (TSERAWG) for the purpose of updating and supplementing the DoD Vapor Intrusion Handbook published by the TSERAWG in 2009. State-of-the-art VI assessment approaches and technologies described in the fact sheets include use…
Lance Fontenot, Ph.D., PWS (Louisiana), delivered a presentation entitled "Effects of Salt Water Intrusion on Coastal Amphibian Populations: Biodiversity and Evolutionary Perspectives" at the Louisiana Coastal Geology Symposium 2018 at the Louisiana State University (LSU) Energy, Coast & Environment Building in Baton Rouge on July 11, 2018. Lance is a Principal Toxicologist based in Louisiana with more than 20 years of experience focused on assessing the human health and ecological effects of hazardous substance releases,…
Ravi Arulanantham, Ph.D. (California), will be participating as a panelist for the seminar series: Hazardous Waste and Sites, hosted by the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) in Washington D.C. on July 17, 2018. Ravi is a Senior Principal Consultant based in California with more than 20 years of experience focused on risk assessment and remediation management. He is recognized as a leader in applying risk-based decision-making to the development of remediation strategies for environmentally impacted sites.…
Geosyntec will make a substantial technical contribution to the 32nd Annual Environmental Permitting Summer School produced by the Florida Environmental Network, Inc. (FENI) on Marco Island, Florida on July 17-20, 2018. Geosyntec will deliver four technical presentations, and our professionals will be at booth #320. Presenters from Geosyntec will be Mike Hardin, Ph.D., P.E. (Florida); Paul Tschirky, Ph.D., P.Eng, D.CE (Louisiana); Mark Ellard, P.E., CFM, D.WRE (Florida); and Joe Applegate, P.G. (Florida). Additional Geosyntec staff…
Marc Rogoff, Ph.D. (Florida); Bill Gaffigan, CVA; and Jeremy Morris, Ph.D., P.E. (Maryland) co-authored an article entitled "Solid Waste Ratemaking: The Whys and How" published in the July 2018 Issue of Waste Advantage Magazine. This article focuses on the cost of service studies as an essential tool in managing a solid waste agency in these uncertain times. They provide opportunities for the introduction of smart technologies, cost optimization, improved customer service, and long-term financial planning.…
Marc Rogoff, Ph.D. (Florida) will moderate a panel discussion entitled "The Chinese Import Ban - Impact on Florida: A Panel Discussion" at the 2018 Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) Florida Summer Conference at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida on July 16, 2018. Other Geosyntec professionals attending are Kwasi Badu-Tweneboah, Ph.D., P.E. (Florida), Daniel Schauer, P.G. (Florida), Fred Chandler, and Jaime Feliciano. Marc is a Senior Consultant based in Florida…
Mike Hardin, Ph.D., P.E., CFM (Florida) presented "Optimization Analysis of Lakeland's Street Sweeping Program" at the Florida Stormwater Association's 2018 Annual Conference in Fort Myers, Florida on June 14, 2018. The presentation was focused on a recent assessment of the city of Lakeland's street sweeping program. Mike's co-authors were Nick Hartshorn and Mark Ellard, P.E., CFM, D.WRE (Florida). Mike is a water resources engineer based in Florida with more than 13 years of experience, including…
A​ndrea Braga, P.E. , CPESC (Massachusetts); Hayley O'Grady, and Turgay Dabak, Ph.D., P.E. (Washington, D.C.), co-authored an article entitled "Performance of Two Advanced Rainwater Harvesting Systems in Washington D.C." published in the journal Water, Volume 10, Issue 5, on May 22, 2018. Their coauthor was Cecilia Lane of the Government of the District of Columbia Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE). This paper is the culmination of an eight-year partnership between Geosyntec and the DOEE,…
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