Geosyntec News and Events

Zahra Amini, Ph.D., (Georgia) was appointed to the United States Society on Dams (USSD) Earthquakes Committee during the USSD annual meeting earlier this month in Miami. Zahra will serve a three-year term (2018-2021) that is renewable. As the Young Professional (YP) Vice Chair, she will assist the Chair of the committee with: Collection of information on earthquake instrumentation, recorded data and performance of dams during earthquakes Evaluation and development of guides for modern methods of…
Michaye McMaster and Sandra Dworatzek (Ontario) coauthored a paper published on May 17, 2018 in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology, Volume 9. The article is entitled "Chlorinated Electron Acceptor Abundance Drives Selection of Dehalococcoides mccartyi (D. mccartyi) Strains in Dechlorinating Enrichment Cultures and Groundwater Environments" Their coauthors are Alfredo Pérez-de-Mora, Anna Lacourt, Xiaoming Liang, and Elizabeth Edwards. Michaye is a Senior Principal Remediation Scientist based in Ontario with more than 15 years of experience focused…
Trevor Carlson (Saskatchewan) will present at the Canadian Bar Association's (CBA) Environmental, Energy & Resources Law Summit at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba on May 31- June 1, 2018. Geosyntec's Julie Konzuk, Ph.D., PEng (Ontario) and Silvia Mancini, Ph.D., P.G. (Ontario) will also attend the conference with Trevor. Trevor is a Principal Environmental Consultant based in Saskatchewan with more than 20 years of experience focused on environmental remediation projects, including the…
Adrienne Nemura, P.E (Michigan) and Eric Strecker, P.E., BCEE (Oregon) presented at the 2018 Water Research Foundation Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on May 8, 2018. Geosyntec staff who contributed as co-authors to these efforts are Elizabeth Toot-Levy (Ohio), Marc Leisenring, P.E., Dan Pankani, P.E., and Paul Hobson, P.E. (Oregon). The latest research addressing the challenges of integrated water management and reuse was presented at the 2018 Water Research Foundation (WRF) Conference to help communities prepare…
Seth Kellogg, P.G. (New York) met with counsel and advisors to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy on behalf of the New Jersey Groundwater Association (NJGWA) and the National Groundwater Association (NGWA) in advance of the May 22-23, 2018 PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and stakeholders from across the U.S. Seth and the group briefed the Governor's staff on issues of regulatory consistency, characterization,…
Savron's partner, Dr. Jason Gerhard of the University of Western Ontario, received Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Synergy Award for Innovation, in recognition of the outstanding achievements through the partnership and collaboration between a university and a Canadian industry. The award was for the development of Savron's patented STAR process and its commercial application. Using smouldering to burn away contaminants, STAR technology is a low-cost, low-energy, green solution that completely remediates sites…
Geosyntec is set to attend the Kinder Morgan Supplier Showcase in Houston, Texas on May 15-17, 2018. Kinder Morgan is a leading energy infrastructure company in North America and is hosting an invitation-only trade fair to provide key suppliers an opportunity to engage with Kinder Morgan leaders and to learn more about Kinder Morgan's business. Geosyntec is excited to participate. They will be in full attendance making available three Senior Principals Rodolfo Sancio, Ph.D., P.E.,…
The 2018 Ohio Stormwater Conference will be held at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Sandusky, Ohio on May 9-11, 2018. This annual conference is a platform for representatives from multiple organizations to address stormwater quality issues. Geosyntec staff leading presentations at the conference are: Matt Bardol, P.E., CFM, CPESC, D.WRE. (Illinois), and Elizabeth Toot-Levy (Ohio). In addition to the Geosyntec presentations on municipal stormwater, Geosyntec's Elizabeth (Beth) Toot-Levy was instrumental in engaging representatives…
Bruce Marvin, P.E. (California) will present "Manganese Activated Persulfate (MnAP) for the Treatment Recalcitrant Organics: Development and Commercialization" as part of Carus Chemical Corporation's "Combined Remedies Webinar Series," on May 3, 2018, 11-11:30 am CDT. Background - Geosyntec Consultants, in collaboration with Carus Chemical Corporation and Clarkson University, has developed a novel chemical oxidation method utilizing permanganate to generate mixed manganese and iron oxides and low molecular-weight organics that activate sodium persulfate (MnAP) for the…
Rula Deeb, Ph.D. (California) has been invited to give a presentation on PFASs (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) at the Water Science and Technology Board Meeting of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in Washington, D.C., on May 17, 2018. Rula will kick off a full day of invited presentations on PFASs with an overview of environmental issues, both technical and regulatory, associated with the wide use of these compounds at military and industrial…
Bryan VanDuinen, P.E. (Michigan) will present at the Midwestern States Environmental Consultants Association's (MSECA) Spring Seminar at the Regions Tower in Indianapolis, Indiana on May 3, 2018. His presentation is entitled "High Volume Sampling: An Innovative Tool for Vapor Intrusion Mitigation Design (a Case Study)." Bryan is a professional environmental engineer with experience in: assessing, remediating, and closing sites impacted by petroleum hydrocarbons, chlorinated solvents, and metals; geographical information systems (GIS); data management, visualization, and…
Rodolfo Sancio, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, (Texas) will present at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) at NGR Park in Houston, Texas on May 1, 2018. His technical presentation is entitled "An Example in the Use of Performance-Based Engineering for Offshore Shallow Foundations Overlying Liquefiable Sand." Rodolfo Sancio is a Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer based in Houston, Texas with more than 18 years of experience focused on geohazard evaluations, geotechnical site investigations, site development and ground improvement…
Leading Geosyntec dam practitioners will present at the 2018 United States Society on Dams (USSD) Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Miami, Florida on April 30 – May 4, 2018. Geosyntec staff contributions supported planning and organizing the conference and will be delivering six presentations. Glenn Rix, Ph.D. (Georgia) will be moderating Session Track 3A and Zahra Amini, Ph.D. (California) will be moderating Session Track 5A on "Earthquakes and Embankments." Geosyntec also has two staff…
Mike Kavanaugh (California) and Douglas Larson (Massachusetts) will be teaching the Princeton Groundwater Remediation Course in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 7-11, 2018. Mike and Doug will be teaching along with Robert W. Cleary, Princeton Groundwater, Inc.; Bernard H. Kueper, Department of Civil Engineering Queen's University; Murray D. Einarson, Haley & Aldrich; and Richard Rago, Haley & Aldrich. The course is approved by the Connecticut LEP Board for 40 hours of CEC credits and the…
Geosyntec, in collaboration with the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, has organized a Water Sustainability Workshop in Chicago on May 15, 2018. Geosyntec staff member Chriso Petropoulou, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE (Illinois) served as an organizer for the event. Joseph Cleary, P.E., BCEE (New Jersey) and Joe Volpe, P.G. (Georgia) will deliver technical presentations. The Water Sustainability Workshop will provide a forum to share ideas and field experience. Leading experts will present their initiatives and…
David Reynolds, Ph.D., P.Eng. (Ontario) has been invited by the National Academy of Sciences to present a talk as part of a four-part series on Environmental Dynamics and Exposure Pathways of Subsurface Contaminants to the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources in Washington, D.C. on April 26, 2018. His presentation, entitled "Understanding Fluid Flow and Contaminant Transport in Rock: The First Step on a Long Road," will focus on the interaction between fluids and heterogeneous…
Juan Pestana, Sc.D., P.E. (Massachusetts) will be giving the keynote lecture at Purdue University's Geotechnical Society Workshop Program at the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship in West Lafayette, Indiana on April 27, 2018. The overall theme of the workshop is Urban Geotechnics. Juan's lecture, "The Role of Soil Behavior in the Performance of Urban Infrastructure," will focus on the use of advanced constitutive models to describe the behavior of geomaterials and how they can…
Caroline Field (England) will be featured as the keynote speaker and interviewed at the 2018 Sustainable Real Conference Series at The Crystal London at 9:30 a.m. on April 25, 2018. Caroline will represent MMI Engineering, a division of Geosyntec. Her presentation is entitled "Resilience: What is it and Why is it Important for the Real Estate and Infrastructure Sectors?" Caroline's Session 1 Keynote speech will address resilience in a broad sense, and explain why it…
Paul Tschirky, Ph.D., P.Eng., D.CE, (Louisiana) will present "Coastal and Climate Change Risk" at the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environmental, Energy, and Resources (SEER) Law 47th Spring Conference in Orlando, Florida on April 19, 2018. Paul is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Louisiana with more than 20 years of experience in coastal resiliency, restoration, and water management. He has provided planning, design, analysis, modeling, construction documents, and project management for a wide…
Geosyntec staff will attend the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environmental, Energy, and Resources (SEER) Law 36th Water Law Conference in Orlando, Florida on April 16-18, 2018. Geosyntec attendees are Nandra Weeks, Mark Ellard, Jill Johnson, and Jamey Rosen. Geosyntec is also an Annual Sponsor of the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources and will also be hosting a client appreciation dinner. Nandra Weeks is a Senior Principal Environmental Engineer based in Florida…
Emily Larson (Colorado), Jason Conder (California), and Jennifer Arblaster (Vermont) co-authored an article entitled "Modeling avian exposures to perfluoroalkyl substances in aquatic habitats impacted by historical aqueous film forming foam releases" published in Chemosphere, Volume 201, pages 335-341, in March 2018. The article addresses the potential ecological risks of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to aquatic-dependent birds. Their work consisted of aquatic food web and wildlife exposure modeling to evaluate the potential for risks to…
Andrea Rocha, Ph.D. (Tennessee) co-authored an article entitled "Microbial Functional Gene Diversity Predicts Groundwater Contamination and Ecosystem Functioning" published in mBio Volume 9, Issue 1 on February 20, 2018. Andrea's co-authors were Zhili He, Ping Zhangc, Linwei Wu, Qichao Tu, Zhou Shic, Bo Wu, Yujia Qin, Jianjun Wang, Qingyun Yan, Daniel Curtis, Daliang Ning, Joy D. Van Nostrand, Liyou Wu, Yunfeng Yang, Dwayne A. Elias, David B. Watson, Michael W. W. Adams, Matthew W. Fields,…
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