Geosyntec News and Events

AUSTIN, Texas — Geosyntec Consultants is pleased to announce that Zahirul Islam, PhD, PEng, co-authored the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering article, "Permeation of BTEX through Unaged and Aged HDPE Geomembranes," which was published in the August 2009 issue.In the article, Zahirul and his co-author, Prof. Kerry Rowe of the GeoEngineering Centre at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, discuss the effects of aging high-density polyethylene (HDPE) geomembranes on the diffusion and partitioning…
TAMPA, Fla. — Geosyntec Consultants welcomes John Banks, PE, as Associate. John has over 25 years of environmental engineering experience, including: all aspects of solid waste management; design of wastewater collection, treatment, and effluent disposal systems; stormwater system planning and design; roadway design; landfill design; operation plan development; and facility site selection and development.Before joining Geosyntec, John served as project director and manager for a major engineering consulting firm, where he was responsible for client…
ORLANDO, Fla. — Geosyntec Consultants welcomes Chad Drummond, PE, as Associate. Chad has environmental and water resources engineering experience focusing on the areas of environmental remediation and restoration, applied numerical modeling, and surface water conveyance and treatment. He has worked on various impaired waters projects and has evaluated contaminant (including emerging contaminants) and nutrient migration within and between surface water and groundwater. Models employed include SWMM, HEC-RAS, HEC-HMS, ICPR, WASP, BASINS, MODFLOW, and RT3D/MT3DMS.In addition…
VERO BEACH, Fla. — Geosyntec Consultants, Inc., recently celebrated the opening of its Vero Beach office, which is being managed by Tanhum Goldshmid, Ph.D. The office opened its doors in early 2009 in support of the Geosyntec's contract with the Indian River County Solid Waste Disposal District (SWDD).The SWDD's Indian River County Landfill facility includes a Class I municipal solid waste (MSW) landfill and a construction and demolition debris (C&D) disposal facility that serve the…
GUELPH, Ontario, Canada — Geosyntec Consultants' Guelph office recently received the University of Guelph College of Management & Economics Workplace Education Award. The announcement was made at the Guelph Chamber of Commerce's 2009 Guelph Awards of Excellence Gala.The Workplace Education Award recognizes an organization in Guelph that exhibits excellence in supporting post-secondary education in some or all of the following ways:Providing tuition reimbursement for employees who take post-secondary courses or who undertake degree, diploma, or…
HOUSTON — MMI Engineering's Keith Clutter, PhD, along with Ericka Marie Stoltz and Fred Hudson of the University of Texas at San Antonio, co-authored the article "Modeling Property Value Loss in a City Due to Terrorist Bombings" published in the IEEE Systems Journal's June 2009 issue.The article is based on a study performed by the authors that uses a systems approach to determine property value loss due to damage from a terrorist bombing. A geometric…
GUELPH, Ontario, Canada — Geosyntec Consultants is pleased to announce that Evan Cox, Carol Aziz, PhD, PE, and Tom Krug, PEng, in its Guelph office have co-authored the publication In Situ Bioremediation of Perchlorate in Groundwater, which is part of the U.S. Department of Defense Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and U.S. Department of Defense Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) Monograph Series.Geosyntec staff are proud to be primary authors or co-authors on…
ATLANTA, Ga. — Geosyntec Consultants is pleased to announce the formal closing of its merger acquisition with MEC Water Resources, Inc., of Columbia, Mo. MEC Water Resources will continue to serve its clients as an operating unit of Geosyntec.According to Eric Strecker, PE, Geosyntec principal and chair of the firm's water and natural resources practice group, the merger of MEC Water Resources with Geosyntec "creates a team of specialists with a broad understanding of the…
SANTA BARBARA, Ca. — Geosyntec Consultants is pleased to announce that Kelly Pollack Wittwer, PhD, along with Kimberly Balazs and Dr. Oladele Ogunseitan at the University of California, Irvine, co-authored the March 2009 Environmental Science & Technology article "Proteomic Assessment of Caffeine Effects on Coral Symbionts."The article, which is Kelly's thesis from her doctoral studies at the University of California, Irvine, examines the effects of caffeine on four species of coral symbionts. Their findings support…
SANTA BARBARA, Ca. — Geosyntec Consultants welcomes Jennifer Holder, PhD, as Principal. Jennifer's background in ecological risk assessment and extensive experience on large, complex sites has resulted in her excellent reputation for successfully assisting clients in reaching site-closure in a variety of regulatory contexts such as RCRA, CERCLA and NRDA.Jennifer has conducted ecological assessments in aquatic, sediment, and terrestrial habitats for a number of private sector clients and large Department of Defense facilities. Her field…
PRINCETON, NJ — Geosyntec Consultants is pleased to announce that Daniel Elliott, PhD, co-authored an article in the May 2009 issue of Journal of Environmental Engineering entitled "Degradation of Lindane by Zero-Valent Iron Nanoparticles." The Journal of Environmental Engineering is the magazine of the American Society of Civil Engineers.In the article, Dan and his co-authors, Hsing-Lung Lien of the National University of Kaohsiung in Taiwan and Wei-Xian Zhang of Lehigh University, discuss promising results they…
OAKLAND, Ca. — Geosyntec Consultants is pleased to announce that Elizabeth (Libby) McDonald, PE, a civil and environmental engineer, has recently joined the firm's Oakland office as Senior Consultant.Throughout her career, Libby has applied her engineering skills to a variety of projects, predominantly in the fields of groundwater and soil contamination and wastewater treatment. She comes to Geosyntec after spending 14 years managing environmental liability for Hewlett-Packard (HP). At HP, she was responsible for setting…
ATLANTA, Ga. — Geosyntec Consultants is pleased to announce that Steve Roy,LEED AP, and Ganesh Krishnan, PE, CPESC, co-authored an article in the May-June 2009 issue of The Military Engineer entitled "Sustainable Stormwater Management." The Military Engineer is the magazine of the Society of American Military Engineers.In the article, Steve and Ganesh, along with co-authors Russ Adams of Robins Air Force Base and Robert Goo of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, discuss The Energy Independence…
ATLANTA — Geosyntec Consultants is pleased to announce that several staff members presented at the World of Coal Ash (WOCA) May 4 — 7, 2009 in Lexington, Ky. WOCA is an international conference organized by the American Coal Ash Association and the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research focusing on the science, applications, and sustainability of coal ash globally.The following is a list of presenters along with their presentations:Application of Asset Management Principles…
COLUMBIA, Md. — The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvardsverket) recently published a guidance document, co-authored by Geosyntec, regarding bioavailability and its use in human health risk assessment. Geosyntec co-authored the document with SWECO, a civil/environmental consulting firm based in Malmo, Sweden and Dr. Edward Bouwer of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Although the document is primarily written in Swedish, it includes a brief summary in English. The document can be downloaded by clicking here."Geosyntec…
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Geosyntec is supporting engineering students at the University of North Florida (UNF) in their efforts to improve the quality of life at the Tamale Children's Home in Tamale, Ghana. Known as The Ghana Project, UNF established the bi-annual service learning trip for engineering and other students in 2001. The mission of The Ghana Project is to improve the quality of life of those living at the Tamale Children's Home through sustainable engineering…
BOSTON, Ma. — The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) retained Geosyntec to monitor and evaluate the stormwater flow from the Partridgeberry Place subdivision, a recent residential development located in the Ipswich River Watershed. The immediate project goal was to help improve groundwater base flow and develop a scientifically-based, reliable stormwater model to aid in other future low impact development (LID) designs within the Ipswich River Watershed. This study is rare in that it…
BOSTON, Ma. — Geosyntec is pleased to announce that Steve Roy,LEED AP, and Andrea Braga, A.M.ASCE, have published the article "Saving Silver Lake" in the February 2009 edition of Civil Engineering, a top trade magazine published by the American Society of Civil Engineers.In the article, Steve and Andrea share their story of collaborating with Wilmington, Mass., to improve the water quality of Silver Lake, a key recreational amenity in the town. The town, including its…
Geosyntec Consultants is proud to announce that several staff members were contributing authors on five articles and the editorial column focusing on vapor intrusion in one of the most widely-read journals in the environmental remediation industry, Ground Water Monitoring & Remediation. The articles featured include:"Simulated Soil Vapor Intrusion Attenuation Factors Including Biodegradation for Petroleum Hydrocarbons," by Lilian Abreu, Robert Ettinger, and Todd McAlary"A Case-Study of Soil Gas Sampling in Silt and Clay-rich (Low-Permeability) Materials," by…
Geosyntec is saddened to announce the loss of colleague and friend Bill Ward. Bill died on Monday, March 2, 2009. Memorial services were held on Saturday, March 7, 2009 in Homer Glen, Ill. As an Associate of the firm based in the Oak Brook, Ill., office, he worked tirelessly during his 24-year career to develop watershed management plans, nonpoint source best management practices, and total maximum daily load assessments. In particular, his practice focused on…
ANN ARBOR — Geosyntec welcomes Joe Esseichick, CHMM, CPG, as Senior Scientist in the Ann Arbor, Mich., office. Most recently, he spent over five years with General Motors (GM), where one of his primary responsibilities was to develop and implement a common, global risk identification, management, and monitoring process. In an earlier position at GM, he was responsible for internal environmental, health and safety regulatory compliance auditing. He led or participated in over 50 environmental,…
ATLANTA, Ga. — Geosyntec Consultants is pleased to announce that Jean-Pierre Giroud, Ph.D., Chairman Emeritus of the firm, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), one of the very highest professional distinctions given to an engineer. His election citation reads: "For pioneering research in geosynthetics engineering and its practical application in civil/geotechnical engineering."Dr. Giroud was among 65 newly elected members into the Academy. The NAE was founded in 1964 and operates under…
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