Geosyntec News and Events

Geosyntec will be well represented at the Water Environment Federation's Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, Illinois on September 21-25, 2019. Joe Cleary, P.E., BCEE (New Jersey); Rishab Mahajan, P.E., CFM, CPSWQ (Illinois); Adrienne Nemura, P.E. (Ohio); Chao Zhou, P.E. (California); Brian Petty, P.E. (California); and Edward Horai (New York) will present at the conference. Adrienne also helped with the planning of Roundtable Session 419. Overall, 13 Geosyntec…
Travis Kline, MEM (Washington, D.C.) will present "PFAS – Beyond Impacts to Water" at The American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) at the Westin Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts from 1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. on September 12, 2019. Travis is a Senior Principal Toxicologist based in Washington, D.C. with more than 25 years of experience focused on human health risk assessment and applied toxicology. The ABA SEER 27th Fall…
Chuck Whisman, P.E. (Pennsylvania) presented "Using Behavior-Based Safety & Data Management to Improve Your Safety Culture" at the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) Health & Safety Meeting on August 14, 2019. Chuck is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Pennsylvania with more than 25 years of professional experience helping clients with their most challenging engineering and environmental projects across the world, including hundreds of remediation and capital projects. Chuck presented on safety from an engineering perspective,…
Julie Konzuk, Ph.D., PEng, (Ontario), Michelle Cho, Ph.D. (Ontario), and Frederic Cosme, CPEng, Ir. (Melbourne, Australia) will present at the 10th International Groundwater Quality Conference (GQ 2019) at the University of Liege Auditorium 500 in Liege, Belgium on September 9-12, 2019. Julie will be delivering a keynote presentation entitled "Challenges and Considerations for Assessing and Monitoring Natural Attenuation Mechanisms, Plume Persistence, and Treatment Durations at Megasites with Complex Chemistries and Heterogeneous Environments." Michelle will be…
Eric Kovich, P.E. will moderate a panel "Pipeline Construction, Integrity and Operations Management" at the Marcellus Shale Coalition's Pipeline Safety, Operations and Maintenance Seminar at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona, Pennsylvania from 12:45 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. on September 12, 2019. Eric is a Senior Principal Engineer with more than 20 years of professional experience focused on Health, Safety, Security, and Environment (HSSE) regulatory compliance, environmental planning and permitting, mergers and acquisitions, and…
Nick Muenks (Missouri) will present "Biotic Ligland Model vs. Water Effects Ratio" at the Missouri Water Seminar at the Stoney Creek Conference Center in Columbia, Missouri at 10:55 a.m. on September 5, 2019. Nick is a Senior Scientist based in Missouri with more than 15 years of experience addressing a diverse range of water quality issues such as remedial site investigations, stormwater characterization, agricultural and urban best management practice performance, watershed management, development of water…
Brandon Steets, P.E. (California) will serve as a panel member and trainer/presenter for the online Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) Panel Event: Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) Performance Evaluation from 1-2 p.m. EDT on September 10, 2019. The other panelists are Allison Dunaway, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality; Patrick Hsieh, Dalton Olmsted & Fuglevand, Inc.; and Douglas Howie, Washington Department of Ecology. Other members from the ITRC project team will also participate as facilitators…
Bob Anderson, LHG, CWRE (Washington) will present "Emerging Contaminants, a Recurring Issue for Drinking Water Utilities: The City of Issaquah, Washington Case Study" at PWX 2019 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington from September 8-11, 2019. Bob's co-presenter is Robert York, P.E., Engineering Manager for the City of Issaquah, Washington. Bob is a Senior Principal Hydrogeologist with more than 30 years of experience focused on water resources development and management for clients…
Mary deFlaun, Ph.D., BCES (New Jersey) has been elected Trustee-at-Large of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) Board of Trustees. Mary is a Senior Principal Environmental Microbiologist based in New Jersey with more than 25 years of experience remediating recalcitrant organics and metals through monitored natural attenuation, enhanced in situ bioremediation, in situ chemical reduction, and biosequestration of metals. She will begin her three-year term as Trustee-at-Large on January 1, 2020. Mary's…
Eric Sager, P.G.; Erin Reed, Ph.D., P.E.; Mike Hardin, Ph.D., P.E. (Florida); and Jared Ervin, Ph.D. (California) will speak at the Florida Lake Management Society's (FLMS) 30th Annual Technical Symposium at the Hawks Cay Resort in Duck Key, Florida on August 27-30, 2019. Eric is speaking on PFAS contamination in water to close Session A1: Indian River Lagoon-Identifying Problems. Erin and Brandon will speak on identifying the sources of bacteria and nutrients in Session B2:…
Marc Rogoff, Ph.D. (Florida) coauthored a paper entitled "What is the Use of Doing Solid Waste Rate Analysis?" published in Waste Management Magazine on pages 54-56 of volume 10 on August 2, 2019. Marc's coauthor was Laurel C. Ureña (Florida). 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 acquisition, environmental permitting, operation…
Geosyntec practitioners will moderate and speak on various panels at the Georgia Environmental Conference at the Jekyll Island Convention Center on Jekyll Island, Georgia from August 21-23, 2019. The annual Georgia Environmental Conference is a large, comprehensive, and diverse educational opportunity and will be attended by more than 700 local, state, and federal government officials; business and industry leaders; attorneys; consultants; engineers; developers; land owners; architects; agribusiness leaders; energy experts; water planning districts; universities; public…
Jason Conder, Ph.D. (California) and Jennifer Arblaster (Vermont) will present on risk assessments associated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America Focused Topic Meeting on "Environmental Risk Assessment of PFAS" at the Durham Convention Center in Durham, North Carolina from August 12-15, 2019. Jason will present "Classification and Grouping of PFAS for Environmental Risk Assessment." He and Jessica will present posters entitled "Guidance for Assessing…
Ali Nasseri-Moghaddam, Ph.D., P.Eng. (Ontario) has joined Geosyntec as a Principal Geotechnical Engineer. He brings broad expertise in dam and earthquake engineering, risk management for underground structures, slope stability assessments, geotechnical design of tunneling works, and applications of geophysics in geotechnical engineering. Ali has led multidisciplinary projects for his clients, providing geotechnical investigations, foundation design, and construction quality assurance and quality control for major wind farms, infrastructure, and landfills. His project work includes the assessment…
Jessica Yeager, P.E., LSP (Massachusetts) was announced as a recipient of the Ascending Leader Award from the Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC). She received the award at the EBC's 25th Annual Summer Garden Party in Boston, Massachusetts on August 8, 2019. Jessica is a Senior Engineer based in Massachusetts with more than nine years of professional experience focused on environmental engineering and specializing in remedial design and implementation. She has designed remedial systems…
The new office, located in Bristol, is central to the UK and Ireland Operations, which are led by Branch Manager Dr. Gary Wealthall. Managed by Andrew Morgan, this office focuses on soil and groundwater investigation, risk assessment, and remediation. In addition to Dr. Wealthall and Andrew, the Bristol office staff includes James Rayner, Walker Prentke, Dr. Marlies van der Schee, and Emily Hadrill. Dr. Wealthall is a Senior Principal Consultant based in the UK with…
Geosyntec's Andrea Braga, PE, CPESC (Massachusetts) and Erica Tillinghast, PE, CPESC (Georgia) recently created a training manual to support EnviroCert International's (ECI) new Qualified Stormwater Manager (QSM) program. Erica also assisted in the studio, recording the QSM training with ECI. Andrea is a Principal Water Resources Engineer with more than 12 years of professional experience focused on helping clients develop innovative solutions to their complex water quality, flooding, and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)…
Kenneth J.K. Smith, P.G. (Pennsylvania) recently joined Geosyntec as a Senior Principal Hydrogeologist, focusing on supporting environmental permitting and planning projects for large-scale linear projects in the oil and gas and power sectors. Ken has more than 32 years of experience in program management and operations management, and his predominant technical experience is liability management and environmental remediation under multiple state and regulatory conditions. He most recently served as a Senior Program Manager for several…
Staci Capozzi, Ph.D. (Maryland) coauthored a paper entitled "Polychlorinated biphenyls in stormwater sediments: Relationships with land use and particle characteristics" published in the Journal Water Research on July 16, 2019. Staci's coauthors were Siqi Cao, Birthe V. Kjellerup, and Allen P. Davis. Staci is a Senior Staff Scientist focused on data mining, source apportionment, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and the bioremediation of PCBs and halogenated solvents in subsurface systems. Staci has applied her skills to apportion…
Randy Brandt, P.G. (California) presented "The Intersection of Climate Change and Environmental Due Diligence" at Baker McKenzie's Annual International Environmental Law Conference in Chicago, Illinois on June 19-21, 2019. Randy is a Senior Principal Geologist based in California with more than 30 years of management and technical experience with environmental and hazardous waste issues. He has focused on development and implementation of environmental restoration programs for blighted hazardous waste sites ranging in size from gasoline…
Yvana Hrovat, P.E. (California) recently joined Geosyntec Consultants as a Principal Engineer. Yvana has over 16 years of experience as a project manager, water resources engineer, environmental scientist and compliance analyst, specializing in sustainable designs. She is based in Geosyntec's Los Angeles' office. Prior to joining Geosyntec, Yvana served as an Associate Engineer at Wood for over four years specializing in project management, contract negotiation, engineering design, business development, and team leadership. Yvana has led…
Randy Brandt, P.G. (California) presented "The Intersection of Climate Change and Brownfield Redevelopment" at the Center for Creative Land Recycling's (CCLR) Resources for Sustainable Redevelopment and Land Recycling workshop at the Shell Clubhouse in Martinez, California on June 18, 2019. Randy's co-presenters were Nova Blazej, EPA Region 9; Sara Bellafronte, City of Pittsburg, Pittsburg Future Build; and Mark Shorett, Bay Area Metro. Randy is a Senior Principal Geologist based in California with more than 30…
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