Geosyntec News and Events

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…
Joseph Cleary, P.E., BCEE and Daniel Elliott, Ph.D. (New Jersey) are scheduled to present "Pharmaceuticals in the Environment: Status and the Treatment Alternatives" at Manhattan College in the Bronx, New York at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. The seminar is organized by the New York Water Environment Association, Manhattan College Chapter, and the Westchester Chemical Society (a subsection of The New York Section of The American Chemical Society). The seminar is free and…
Jamey Rosen, P.Geo. (Ontario) coauthored a white paper entitled "Project Information Management Systems in the Deep Foundations Industry" that was published by the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) in 2018. Jamey co-chairs the Project Information Management Systems Committee. His coauthors Vanessa Bateman, Massimo Mucci, and Mark Peterson are all members of the committee. The Project Information Management Systems Committee was convened in early 2018 in response to a trend in the industry towards digitalization of data…
Geosyntec is pleased to announce Alfred W. (AW) Armstrong has joined the firm as a Senior Principal in our Austin, Texas office. AW will take a leading role in the development of the firm's operational risk management practice. AW has more than 20 years of consulting experience focused in the areas of compliance assurance, operational risk management (ORM), Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) management systems, procedure documentation and improvements, causal analyses, and liability assessment and…
Sam Williams, P.G., CHG (California) to present "The Buzz on Environmental Concerns Related to the Cannabis Industry" at the American Bar Association's (ABA) 26th Fall Conference: Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) in San Diego, California from 1:30 to 2:00 p.m. on October 18, 2018. Sam Williams is a Senior Principal Hydrogeologist based in California with more than 25 years of experience focused on the characterization and remediation of soil and groundwater contamination at…
Geosyntec will make a significant technical contribution at the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA) Annual Conference at the Riverside Convention Center in Riverside, California on October 15-17, 2018. Geosyntec-led contributions include presentations and a panel discussion. A number of the presentations will be given in partnership with clients. The CASQA Annual Conference offers an opportunity to interact with professionals in the stormwater field. Each year the conference draws members of the stormwater community including local,…
George Hollerbach, P.E., CSP (New Jersey) and Joseph Cleary, P.E., BCEE (New Jersey) will present "Pharmaceuticals in the Environment: Status and the Treatment Alternatives" at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, during their Fall Sustainability Series from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. on October 10, 2018. This will be a live event and the seminar will be broadcast live via the Stevens WebCampus and Blackboard Collaborate. George is a Senior Principal Engineer based in…
Michael Kavanaugh, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE (California) and David Reynolds, Ph.D., P.Eng. (Ontario) will present "Effective Site Characterization and Remediation Decision Making: The Value of Information" during the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) webinar number 81at 12:00 p.m. EST on October 18, 2018. Mike and David will be co-presenting with Kevin G. Mumford, Ph.D., an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at Queen's University. His…
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