April 27, 2016

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Practitioners Promoted to Senior Principal Roles within Geosyntec

The Geosyntec family of companies is pleased to announce the promotion of Andrew Morrison, Carl Elder, Dave Reynolds, Gavin Grant, Lisa Van Tassell, Lucas de Melo, Mark Ellard, Mike Minch, Rob Annear, and Robby White to the position of Senior Principal within the Geosyntec family of companies. Each of these people have made significant contributions to delivering outstanding projects to first-class clients, developing strong relationships with those clients, building our practices, leveraging their own experience and that of their colleagues, recruiting outstanding staff, and working collaboratively with their co-workers. Congratulations to these outstanding individuals on achieving this career milestone.

Andrew Morrison, C.Eng. (England)

Andrew's practice includes civil and structural engineering, structural dynamics, risk assessment, engineering to withstand extreme loads, and physical protection for security. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), one of the most prestigious engineering institutions in the United Kingdom. Andrew also serves as local secretary of the IStructE, and arranges meetings for the Register of Security Engineering Specialists (RSES), an assessment body sponsored by the United Kingdom's government Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) to promote excellence in the field of security engineering. Andrew participates and presents at technical conferences including the security-related Government Experts in Mitigation Systems (GEMS) Conference, and the Society for Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics (SECED) Conference. Andrew earned his B.Eng. with First Class Honours from the University of Glasgow in 1988. Read more »

Carl Elder, Ph.D., P.E. (Massachusetts)

Carl's practice is focused on the selection, design, and implementation of soil and groundwater remediation systems. He has been the lead engineer for innovative technology applications including the first vacuum consolidation system in the United States, Geosyntec's first nanoscale zero-valent iron (nZVI) injection program, a pilot test program for biologically-enhanced arsenic immobilization, and in situ bioremediation of chlorinated solvents in bedrock. Active in conferences, he has been the author or co-author of nine conference presentations or posters in the last four years. Carl earned his B.S.C.E. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Massachusetts in 1993, his M.S.C.E. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1997, and his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 2000. Read more »

David Reynolds, Ph.D., P.E. (Ontario)

David's practice is focused on the development and implementation of groundwater remediation technologies and management strategies for sites with complex contamination and challenging hydrogeological conditions. With a focus on research and innovation, Dave is a specialist in the application of single and multiphase flow and transport models in both porous and fractured media. He was a key contributor to the discovery and development of electrokinetic-assisted in situ chemical oxidation. His project experience includes completing site conceptual model development, a remediation feasibility study, and the design of an in situ chemical reduction treatment plan for a site contaminated with chlorinated solvents in fractured basalt. He also completed a major site investigation and remediation project for a contaminated site where the remedy involved the design and installation of the first full-scale sequenced denitrification-zero-valent iron (ZVI) permeable reactive barrier in the world. David has been successful in winning four out of five proposals for research projects with the U.S. Department of Defense environmental research programs SERDP and ESTCP. He promotes Geosyntec's technical leadership by serving on the National Research Council Committee on Subsurface Characterization, Modeling, Monitoring and Remediation of Fractured Rocks; participating in the ITRC working group on Characterization and Remediation of Fractured Rocks and Management of Complex Contaminated Sites; and delivering keynote and platform talks at major conferences in Australia and the United States. David earned his B.A.Sc. in Geological Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 1992, his M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering from Queen's University in 1995, and his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Queen's University in 2001. Read more »

Gavin Grant, Ph.D., P.Eng. (Ontario)

Gavin's practice is focused on the fate and behavior of dense non-aqueous phase liquids (DNAPLs) and the development and commercialization of the Self-sustaining Treatment for Active Remediation (STAR) technology. STAR uses smoldering combustion to destroy contaminants in subsurface environments. Gavin has been the primary project manager, director, or technical lead on all STAR-related projects for the firm, completing treatability studies and pilot tests, and implementing designs using STAR. Gavin has advanced the state of the practice with 33 webinars in 2014-2015, as the author of 27 conference platform or poster presentations, with two refereed journal publications, and as the lead author on two smoldering-based patent applications: Method for Volumetric Reduction of Organic Liquids, and Methods for Destroying Liquid Organic Contaminants in a Smoldering Combustion Reaction. Gavin earned his B.Sc. in Geological Engineering from Queen's University in 1998, his M.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Queen's University in 2000, and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Edinburgh in 2006. Read more »

Lisa Van Tassel, P.E. (California)

Lisa's practice is focused on: the investigation and characterization of contaminated groundwater, soil, and soil gas; design of soil and groundwater remediation systems; and litigation support services in these areas. She specializes in site remediation designs, regulatory compliance strategies, work plans, feasibility studies, corrective measures studies, cost estimates, design plans and specifications, and construction bid documents. Lisa led a feasibility study and conducted bench-scale treatability studies that identified enhanced in situ bioremediation and bioaugmentation as remediation solutions at a former manufacturing facility impacted by trichloroethylene. This project was notable for its use of an innovative groundwater recirculation system that consisted of one extraction well and one reinjection well surrounded by 12 donor injection wells. Emulsified vegetable oil and lactate mixture, plus the bacterial culture KB-1, were used to produce "halos" of culture around the donor wells, successfully reducing concentrations of trichloroethylene to near non-detect levels. Lisa is active in organizations including the California Groundwater Resources Association (GRA) and the Women's Environmental Network. Lisa earned her B.S. in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1992, and her M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of New Mexico in 1999. Read more »

Lucas de Melo, Ph.D., P.E. (Maryland)

Lucas' practice is focused on: geotechnical field studies; analyses, and design, particularly for embankment and concrete dams, and mine facilities; pavement engineering; and contaminated site remediation. Additionally, he has designed coal ash disposal sites, solid waste management facilities, and capping systems. He was the technical lead for geotechnical monitoring and stability analysis during the construction of the Delaware Solid Waste Authority's (DSWA) Cherry Island Landfill in Wilmington, Delaware, a 1.5-mile long, 60-foot high mechanically stabilized earth berm built over soft dredge materials. For the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) Blue Ridge Hydroelectric Plant in Fannin County, Georgia, Lucas and a team of Geosyntec engineers assessed the seismic stability of the Blue Ridge Dam, one of the tallest embankment dams in the Southeastern United States. The project includes an extensive field investigation, laboratory testing program, and analytical and numerical modeling evaluation. Today, he is an adjunct professor at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he teaches courses in soil mechanics and foundations engineering. Lucas earned his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the Universidade Federal do Ceará in 1993, his M.Sc. in Geotechnical Engineering from Pontifícia Universidade Católica in 1995, his M.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1998, and his Ph. D. in Civil Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1999. Read more »

Mark Ellard, P.E., CFM, D.WRE (Florida)

Mark's practice includes watershed management, water quality assessment, and stormwater infrastructure design. His water resources background involves master planning; floodplain management; pollutant load assessment; National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) compliance; low impact development; environmental resource permitting; and hydrologic, hydraulic, hydrodynamic, and groundwater flow modeling. He has extensive experience with GIS applications for spatial analysis, planimetric mapping, and data visualization. Mark is the president of the East Central Branch of the Florida Section of ASCE, one of the most active branches in the United States. He has held committee positions with the Florida Stormwater Association, and is an annual instructor at the Florida Chamber Environmental Permitting School. Mark earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1989, and his M.S. in Water Resources Engineering from the University of Central Florida in 1995. Read more »

Mike Minch, P.E., G.E. (California)

Mike's practice is focused on the design, permitting, construction, and long-term integrity of solid and liquid waste disposal and storage facilities. Of particular note, he is one of Geosyntec's most experienced practitioners in construction quality assurance (CQA) for the installation of liner and cover systems at these facilities. Mike was the lead engineer during the construction of the expansion section and new leachate pond for Hawaii's Kekaha Sanitary Landfill, the only operating municipal solid waste landfill on the island of Kauai. He managed the closure of the facility's original leachate pond and the reconfiguration of the original site leachate collection and conveyance system. Clients rely on Mike for consistent, buildable, and cost-efficient facility designs. Mike has developed new and repeat business with a number of clients including Sukut Construction, Riverbend Landfill, and Waste Management, Inc. Mike was instrumental in Geosyntec being selected to support Sukut Construction in response to the 2015 Butte Fire. The fire covered 70,000 acres in Amador and Calaveras counties, California, destroying more than 900 structures. He continues to develop and lead the firm's regional solid waste practice in northern California, Oregon, Arizona, and Hawaii. Mike earned his B.S. in Environmental Resources Engineering from Humboldt State University in 1995, and his M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1996. Read more »

Rob Annear, Ph.D., P.E. (Oregon)

Rob's practice is focused on water resources engineering. He specializes in 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. He guides clients through environmental permitting at the federal, state, and local levels. Rob also conducts assessments of complex surface water systems for CERCLA and RCRA sites; prepares natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) studies; and helps clients meet total maximum daily load (TMDL) requirements. Rob presents at technical conferences and participates as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, the Journal of Hydrological Processes, and Water Resources Research. Rob earned his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Boston University in 1993, his M.S. in Civil Engineering from Portland State University in 1997, and his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Portland State University in 2007. Read more »

Robby White (South Carolina)

His clients include solid waste companies and major electric utilities based in the southeastern United States. Robby's knowledge of materials and methods provides clients insight into design and construction challenges, allowing them to identify construction conflicts, manage contractors effectively, and solve their intractable issues. A leader in the utility industry, Robby assists clients in complying with the requirements of U.S. EPA's recently-promulgated Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) Rule and the agency's draft Effluent Limitation Guidelines (ELGs) for steam electric power generating units. He understands the complexities of coal-fired power plants and identifies holistic solutions that consider plant operations, air emissions, wastewater generation, solid waste management, and the beneficial reuse of CCRs. Robby earned his B.S. in Biology from the University of South Carolina in Columbia in 1993. Read more »