Zichang Li, Ph.D., P.E., (Maryland) coauthored an article entitled "Characterization of Oil Well Cement Performance during Early Hydration under Simulated Borehole Conditions" for publication in SPE Journal on February 25, 2021. Zichang's coauthors were Julie Vandenbossche and Anthony Iannacchione, University of Pittsburgh; and Alex Vuotto, Fugro Roadware. Zichang Li is an Engineer with experience in geotechnical and pavement engineering. He has served as team member and project assistant for a number of geotechnical and geoenvironmental…
Juan Pestana, Ph.D., P.E., (California) presented "The Role of Numerical Modeling in Current Geotechnical Engineering Practice" and "The Behavior of Crushable Granular Materials" at the Canadian Geotechnical Society-Southern Ontario Section Workshop: Numerical Modeling in Geotechnical Engineering at 12:00 p.m. EST on February 4, 2021. Juan Pestana is a Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer with more than 30 years of experience focused on geotechnical and geotechnical earthquake engineering. The Canadian Geotechnical Society-Southern Ontario Section (CGS-SOS) represents the…
Adrienne Nemura, P.E. (Ohio) was invited to be part of the National MS4 Needs Assessment Survey Work Team which authored the 2nd Biennial Report entitled "2020 National Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Needs Assessment Survey Results" that was published by the Water Environment Federation Stormwater Institute (SWI). The report identifies the challenges, needs, and drivers for MS4 programs in the U.S.. There are 855 Phase I MS4s (medium or large urbanized areas with populations…
Chris Conkle (California), Joe Kula (Maryland), and Lucas deMelo (Maryland) will represent Geosyntec during The Centre for Energy Advancement through Technological Innovation's (CEATI) Hydropower 2021 Virtual Conference on March 2-4, 2021. CEATI International's 12th Annual Hydropower Conference focus on the risk and uncertainty that hydropower owners and operators currently face. The event features case studies on operational reliability, examples of risk informed decision making, risk prioritization, and risk management applied by hydropower utilities and dam…
Marc Rogoff, Ph.D., (Florida) was featured an article entitled "2020 Year in Review: Industry Resilience in a Time of Unique Challenges" for publication in Waste Advantage on February 1, 2021. Marc's coauthors were David Biderman, SWANA; Will Flower, Green Stream Recycling; John Paglia III, Florida Express Environmental; and Tom Griffith, Blue Ridge Services. Marc Rogoff is a Senior Consultant based in Florida with more than 38 years of professional experience focused on solid waste management…
Geosyntec professionals will make a significant technical contribution at the 2021 RemTEC Virtual Summit on March 9-11, 2021. Geosyntec-led contributions include conference chair Rula Deeb, who will provide opening and closing remarks, and Heather Rectanus, who serves on the conference's Scientific Advisory Board. Contributions to the conference program include conference keynote panelist Dr. Mike Kavanaugh, session keynote presenter Dr. Gary Wealthall; and platform presenters Howard Cumberland, Dr. Dylan Eberle, Paul Nicholson, Chuck Whisman, and Dr.…
Seth Kellogg, P.G. (New Jersey) will present"PFAS as a Hazardous Substance: Impacts and Next Steps" at a webinar hosted by Faegre Drinker at 1-2 p.m. ET on January 22, 2021. Seth's co-presenters are Bonnie Allyn Barnett, Faegre Drinker, and Brandon Kirkham, Faegre Drinker Consulting. Seth Kellogg is a Principal Geologist based in New Jersey with 25 years of experience in the areas of project management, project planning, remedial investigation, feasibility study, remedial design, data evaluation,…
Geosyntec is pleased to announce that Joe Kula, P.E. has joined the firm as a Senior Principal and Practice Leader for Dams and Levees in our Columbia, Maryland office. Mr. Kula will be one of our leaders in the continued development of firm's role in the dams, levees, hydraulic structures, and flood mitigation markets. During his 40-year career in civil-geotechnical engineering, Mr. Kula has provided engineering services for several hundred civil works and infrastructure projects…
Thomas Vainio-Mattila, MSc, PGeo, EurGeol, (Ireland) recently joined Geosyntec Consultants as a Principal Environmental Consultant. He has more than 25 years of experience in environmental consulting in Ireland, the UK, and Germany. At Geosyntec, Thomas will focus on the waste sector, including the design, engineering, and environmental compliance management of licensed facilities such as landfills. In past roles, Thomas has served as a Senior Environmental Consultant and an Associate Director involved in waste management, contaminated…
Kelly Havens is a Senior Engineer based in California with more than 13 years of experience specializing in green stormwater infrastructure, integrated water resources, and climate change adaptation and resiliency. Kelly has experience in leading technical methodologies, providing project management and direction, and developing and refining client deliverables. In coordination with the other co-chair, Daniel Apt, Olaunu, Kelly will plan and facilitate monthly subcommittee meetings, which include stormwater professionals throughout the state, and strategize on…
Geosyntec is pleased to announce expansion of our professional services in the Canadian market with the opening of a new office located in the heart of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. We acknowledge that the land on which our new office is located is traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg People. The new location builds upon Geosyntec's growing presence in the Canadian market, which began in 1998 in Guelph, Ontario, and has since grown to include…
Elisabeth Hawley, P.E. (California) will present "New Frontiers for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Treatment" at the North Carolina Water Resources Association (NCWRA) webinar at 11:00 a.m. EST on February 24, 2021. Elisabeth's coauthors include Geosyntec's John Merrill, Rula Deeb (California), Jeff Tyburski (North Carolina) and Eric Sager (Florida). Elisabeth Hawley is a Senior Consultant based in California with 16 years of experience advancing environmental remediation projects involving site characterization, fate and transport, remediation, strategies…
Dylan Eberle, Ph.D., (Massachusetts) will present "Applied PFAS Forensics: Beyond the Basics" at a National Groundwater Association (NGWA) webinar at 12:00 p.m. ET on February 24, 2021. Dylan Eberle is a Scientist based in Massachusetts with experience focused on site characterization, emerging contaminants, litigation support, and innovative remediation technologies. NGWA is a community of groundwater professionals working together to advance groundwater knowledge and the success of their members through education and outreach, advocacy, cooperation and…
The first webinar in Geosyntec Consultant’s Water and Climate Change webinar series will examine hydrology, stormwater, and groundwater management strategies in coastal areas influenced by projected long-term climate changes such as sea level rise and extreme rainfall events. Speakers will share their engineering perspectives on resilient problem solving, water storage and supply challenges, stormwater runoff and floodplain management, infrastructure vulnerability assessment, application of predictive quantitative models, and regulatory permitting considerations. Several case studies will be…
Jason Conder, Ph.D., (California) and Jennifer Arblaster (Vermont) coauthored an article entitled "Aquatic toxicity evaluations of PFOS and PFOA for five standard marine endpoints" for publication in Chemosphere on January 21, 2021. Jason and Jennifer's coauthors were Nicholas Hayman, Gunther Rosen, and Marienne Colvin, Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific. Jason Conder is a Principal Scientist based in California with more than 15 years of experience focused on risk assessment and contaminated sediments in contaminated site…
Amer Hussain, P.E. (California) participated in a panel discussion on “Water Futures and Groundwater Trading” at a meeting of the California State Board of Food and Agriculture at 12:30 p.m. PST on February 2, 2021. Amer’s co-presenter was David Guy, Northern California Water Association. Amer Hussain is a Principal Environmental Engineer based in California with more than 25 years of experience focused on groundwater assessment and remediation, regulatory compliance, and permitting. He specializes in assisting…
John Poulos, P.E. (Colorado) recently joined Geosyntec Consultants as a Senior Consultant/Mining Engineer. John has 43 years of experience in underground coal mining in the Western U.S. He specializes in mining engineering, mine ventilation, and project management. John has experience with both surface and underground construction at underground coal mines regulated by the Mine Safety and Health Administration. His larger projects have included construction of large coal handling facilities—high angle conveyors, reclaim facilities, along with…
Robert Annear, Ph.D., P.E. (Oregon) has been appointed to an ad hoc consensus committee by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Rob Annear is a Senior Principal Water Resources Engineer based in Oregon with more than 20 years of experience focused on the development and calibration of hydrodynamic and water quality models for local, state and federal agencies, law firms, and clients in the mining, paper, aviation, hydropower, and water supply sectors. Rob…
Brian Valleskey, CFM, CLP, (Wisconsin) has been selected to join the Winnebago Waterways Steering Team as a member-at-large for 2021. Brian Valleskey is a senior water resources specialist who works on natural resources projects for Geosyntec involving sediment and nutrient management. The diversity of these projects ranges from urban stream and shoreline stabilization to beneficial sediment reuse from dredge material. Brian works as part of a comprehensive nutrient management team focused on appropriately identifying point…
David Bertrand, P.Geo. (Ontario) will present at the 2021 SMART Virtual Event on February 4-18, 2021. David Bertrand is a Senior Principal Hydrogeologist based in Ontario with more than 20 years of experience in environmental consulting. David has directed and managed large interdisciplinary projects including contaminated site assessment and remediation of recalcitrant contaminants, brownfield redevelopment, waterfront revitalization and vapor intrusion assessment and mitigation. Smart Methods in Advanced Remediation Technologies (SMART) is a series of technical…
Lydia Dorrance, Ph.D., (California) serves as a Program Co-Chair for the conference. Rula Deeb, Ph.D., (California) will present “PFAS Fate and Transport, Source Forensics, and Treatment” and Brandon Steets, P.E., (California) will present “PFAS and Hazardous Materials Cleanup Laws” at a Timely Comprehensive Virtual Conference on PFAS Contamination and Regulation in California on February 11 and 12, 2020. Lydia is an environmental scientist based in California with more than 10 years of consulting experience focused…
On February 1, 2021, Geosyntec Consultants of NC, P.C. will open a new office in downtown Asheville. Led by Todd Creamer, P.G. (NC), Principal Geologist, and Amy Huffman, Scientist, the Asheville office will be a hub for creating exceptional solutions to remediate contaminated properties and for serving clients' due diligence and environmental compliance needs. Asheville staff will apply our global resources to solve local, regional, and national problems. The Asheville location will join and collaborate…
Mike Hardin, Ph.D., P.E., Mark Ellard, P.E., DFM, D.WRE, ENV SP, Nick Hartshorn, P.E., Dan Wen, Ph.D., and Yunjie Zhang (Florida) have completed their stormwater harvesting demonstration project at the Orange County Public Works facility in Florida. Mike Hardin is a Senior Water Resources Engineer based in Orlando, FL with more than 15 years of experience specializing in evaluating the effectiveness of stormwater best management practices (BMP) for water quality performance. He also specializes in…
Lauren Mathews (California) coauthored an article entitled “Urban Fire Severity and Vegetation Dynamics in Southern California” for publication in Remote Sensing on December 23, 2020. She also coauthored “Vegetation and Fluvial Geomorphology Dynamics after an Urban Fire” for publication in Geosciences on August 16, 2020. For both articles, Lauren’s coauthor was Alicia Kinoshita, San Diego State University. Lauren Mathews is a Staff Professional based in California with both an educational and professional background in microbiology…
Jason Conder, Ph.D. (California), Steven Sande, and Michael Healey, (Ontario) coauthored an article entitled “Evaluation of a rapid biosensor tool for measuring PAH availability in petroleum-impacted sediment” for publication in Environmental Advances on January 6, 2021. Jason, Steven, and Michael’s coauthors were Mehregan Jalilizadeh, Exponent; Hong Luo, Amanda Bess, Chevron Energy Technology Company; and Michael Unger, Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Jason Conder is a Principal Scientist based in California with more than 15 years…
Los Angeles, CA – Today, January 13, 2021, LA County released the public review draft of the LA River Master Plan encompassing the 51-mile river. The LA River Master Plan is a goal-driven plan that combines community input with geospatial needs analyses to form the foundation of the Master Plan and supports a 25-year vision for the LA River and its associated communities. The goals cover reducing flood risk; creating parks and healthy, connected ecosystems;…
Ron Gestler (California) and James Linton (Florida) presented "The Application of Engineered Phytotechnology for Remedial System Optimization and Ultimate Site Closure –Two Case Studies" at U.S. EPA Engineering Forum on January 6, 2021. At the U.S. EPA Engineering Forum Ron and James gave a brief description of Engineered Phytoremediation and a short summary of the key benefits of using that type of technology. They also discussed its limitations, benefits, and management considerations. They concluded the…
Babak Mahmoodi, Ph.D. (Massachusetts) coauthored a paper entitled "Assessing Persistence of Entrapped Gas for Induced Partial Saturation" that was published in the Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering - American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) in Volume 147, Issue 3, in December 2020. Babak was the lead author and his coauthor was Aaron Gallant, Ph.D. Babak Mahmoodi is a Senior Staff Professional based in Massachusetts focused on ground improvement, slope stability analyses, settlement analyses, and…
Jamey Rosen, P.Geo. (Ontario) will present "Current Activities and Future Directions from a Data Manager" in workshop "1021 - Getting the Most Out of Big Data Analytics for All Facets of Transportation Geotechnics" at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 100th Annual Meeting. This is a virtual event hosted by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine at 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. ET on January 21, 2021. Geosyntec is a proud sponsor for the Section…
Geosyntec was awarded a 2020 Outstanding Groundwater Remediation Award for "Launch Ready! High-Resolution Site Characterization and the Expedited Remediation of a Multi-Acre Chlorinated Volatile Organic Compound Plume at NASA's Launch Complex 39B" from the National Groundwater Association (NGWA). Geosyntec teamed with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to restore groundwater resources and protect sensitive aquatic habitats at Launch Complex 39B (LC39B), a National Historic Site located within the John F. Kennedy Space Center on…
Dan Pankani, (Oregon) and Scott Struck, Ph.D., (Colorado) coauthored an article entitled “Estimating Regionalized Planning Costs of Green Infrastructure and Low-impact Development Stormwater Management Practices: Updates to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s National Stormwater Calculator” for publication in Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment on December 23, 2020. Dan and Scott’s coauthors were Jason Bernagros, U.S. EPA, and Marion Deerhake, RTI. Dan Pankani is a licensed Engineer in Oregon with more than 18…
Duane Graves, Ph.D. (Tennessee) presented at Kisco's Greensboro facility town hall discussing Geosyntec's role in providing early warnings for senior living residents with pooled saliva surveillance and testing. Kisco employees discussed how they have helped their residents and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, and highlighted their effective use of pooled saliva surveillance and testing. Ed Ward, Vice President of Operations, reviewed the overall approach to keeping residents safe and Duane Graves explains the pooled saliva…
Shooka Khoramfar, Ph.D., (Texas) coauthored an article entitled “Mathematical modeling of CO2 separation using different diameter hollow fiber membranes” for publication in the International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control on November 28, 2020. Shooka’s coauthors were Jalil Ghobadi, Sterlitech Corporation; David Ramirez, M.M. Kabir, Texas A&M University; Robert Jerman, Markel Corporation; and Muhammad Saeed, University of Oslo. Shooka Khoramfar is a Senior Staff Engineer based in Texas with a focus on volatile organic compounds (VOCs)…