November 1, 2013

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Michael D'Alessandro to Lead Geo-Institute Panel Examining Nation's Aging Infrastructure

Michael D'Alessandro, P.E., a principal environmental and civil engineer for Geosyntec based in Georgia, will moderate a panel discussion on best practices in geotechnical contracting November 9 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The event is part of a one-day seminar, "Designing Infrastructure for the Future

Geotechnical Challenges," sponsored by the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (BSCES) Geo-Institute. The seminar will convene in the Wong Auditorium of MIT's Tang Center, 70 Memorial Drive in Cambridge.

Lucy Jen, Ph.D., P.E., a senior geotechnical engineer for Geosyntec based in Massachusetts, organized the seminar with colleagues at the BSCES. Topics throughout the day will address current and future engineering challenges posed by the nation's aging infrastructure. Presenters will discuss:

  • Coastal Flood Protection Systems (Andrew Whittle, MIT)
  • Planning for Climate Change (Stephen Estes-Smargiassi, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority)
  • Tunnel and Trenchless Work (Andy Thomson, Hatch Mott McDonald)
  • Seismic Design Considerations (Youssef Hashash, University of Illinois)
  • Dam Risk Assessments (Erik Matthews, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
  • Managing Groundwater in an Urban Environment (Elliott Laffer, Boston Water Trust)


Mr. D'Alessandro's panel concludes the day's event with a roundtable discussion of past, present, and future contracting practices in geotechnical engineering. Panelists include representatives from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, J.F. White Contracting Co., Moretrench, and Donovan Hatem, LLP.

Mr. D'Alessandro has project management experience that encompasses all phases of capital projects for municipal and industrial utility/infrastructure projects at locations in the United States, Europe, and South America. In addition, he has provided training in project management best practices to more than 10,000 engineering, architectural, and construction professionals working for Engineering News Record Top 500 Design firms.

For more information, contact Michael D'Alessandro in Atlanta at 404-267-1113 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..