Tom Wanzek, PhD, Elisabeth Hawley, PE, John Merrill, PE, and Rula Deeb, PhD, BCEEM, PMP, coauthored “A Multiple Lines of Evidence Approach to Demonstrate Effectiveness of PFAS Remediation Technologies.” Their other coauthors were David Sedlak of the University of California, Berkeley, Jennifer Field of the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division, and Chris Higgins of the Colorado School of Mines. The article appeared in the April edition of the journal. Tom is a Senior Staff…
Hasti Ziaei, PhD (New York), coauthored “Assessment and Management of Mercury Leaching from a Riverbank” in the journal, Toxics. The article was named as “Editor’s Choice” for the issue in which it appeared. Hasti’s coauthors were Balaji Rao, Tea Wood, Ashkan Alborzi, and Huayun Zhou from the Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering at Texas Tech University, Uriel Garza-Rubalcava and Danny Reible from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas Tech University, Paul Bireta…
Lori Carter (Texas) and Eric Amundsen, JD (Massachusetts), will present “Idea–Strategy–Realization: Cl and Key Project Development Considerations” at the Hydrogen Americas 2024 Summit & Exhibition on June 12, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. EDT. The event will be held at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center in Washington, DC. Lori is a Senior Principal Environmental Scientist with more than 17 years of experience focused on project development, regulatory strategy and compliance, and project life-cycle advisory services.…
Dylan Eberle, PhD, CPG, PG, will discuss per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and potential claims, issues, and responsibilities surrounding PFAS sources as part of a panel on the subject at the Environmental Risk and PFAS Litigation Conference. His presentation is at 10:45 a.m. EDT on June 12, 2024, at the New York City Bar Association. Additionally, Geosyntec is a gold sponsor of this conference. The discussion, “Are Those My (Insured’s) PFAS and What Are We…
Dipesh Nepal, PhD, coauthored “Evaluating Best Practice Management Efficacy Based on Seasonal Variability and Spatial Scales” in a special issue of Hydrology titled Hydrological Processes in Agricultural Watersheds published in April 2024. His coauthors were Vivek Venishetty, Perm B. Parajuli, Filip To, and Beth Baker of Mississippi State University and Veera Gnaneswar Gude of Purdue University. Dipesh is a biosystems engineer based in Texas who focuses on hydrological, hydraulic, water-quality simulations, and remote-sensing applications. Hydrology…
Congratulations to the winners of Geosyntec’s Fifteenth Annual Student Paper Competition. Each year, we honor and support top students who are studying groundwater. We sincerely thank all applicants and their supporting professors. The winner of the 2024 competition is Diana Ramírez of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for the paper, “An Unexpected PFAS Sink: PFAS Assimilation Into Bacterial Membranes.” Diana receives an all-expenses-paid trip to the Battelle 2024 Chlorinated Conference in Denver, Colorado, or a…
Geosyntec and SiREM will make substantial technical contributions at Battelle's 13th International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds, June 2-6, 2024, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Geosyntec contributions include thirteen platform presentations, four sessions, one panel and nine poster presentations. Professionals will be at booth 214 to meet with attendees and answer questions about how Geosyntec can help remediate chlorinated and recalcitrant compounds. SiREM contributions include four platform presentations, two sessions,…
ATM, a Geosyntec Company, has opened our first office in Saudi Arabia (KSA), growing our presence in the Middle East and providing innovative, sustainable, and cost-effective solutions for which we are known worldwide. The KSA ATM office will allow us to better serve coastal, ports, and waterfront clients in the KSA on large and complex projects by conducting marine and coastal engineering studies, creating innovative designs, and supervising construction. In addition, our depth of expertise…
Rodolfo Sancio, PhD, PE, DGE (Texas), will speak at the first EAGE/SUT Workshop on Integrated Site Characterization for Offshore Renewable Energy. He will present “Discussion on the Interrelationship of Cone Factors for CPT Data Interpretation” at 4:00 p.m. EDT on May 22, 2024, as part of the “Advances in Site Investigation Techniques” Session and will co-chair the session “Advances in Geotechnical Engineering” at 1:15 p.m. on May 23. Rodolfo also served on the technical committee…
Megan Bender, PE, CFM (Wisconsin), will present “Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) Climate Resilient Watersheds Metrics Tracking Program” at the Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) World Environmental & Water Resources Congress on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, at 3:30 p.m. CDT. Megan is a Senior Water Resources Engineer with more than 15 years of experience in consulting and the public sector. She has worked as a water resources engineer for the Environmental Planning Department at…
Gizem Bozkurt, PhD, PE, and Shira Colsky, PE (Georgia), were selected for the American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia (ACEC Georgia) “35 Under 35 Women to Know,” published in the April 2024 issue of Engineering Georgia. Gizem is a Senior Engineer who manages large, multidisciplinary projects under multiple state and federal regulatory frameworks, with a focus on coal combustion residuals management and landfill design. She develops civil site layouts, conducts geotechnical assessments, and performs…
Geosyntec practitioners will make significant contributions to the World of Coal Ash (WOCA) on May 13 through 16, 2024, at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Presenters include Ben Amos, Ali Akbari, Phil Benson, Max Cange, Jamey Dotson, Bob Glazier, Nathan Higgerson, Allison Kreinberg, Steve McManus, John Seymour, and Tom Ward of Geosyntec. Gradient’s Andrew Bittner, Ari Lewis, and John Kondziolka will also speak, as will SiREM’s Larissa Smith and Jacques Smith. WOCA…
Suzanne Gabriele (Colorado) and Hannah McIntyre, PhD (Kansas), will present at the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) Midwest Section’s Environmental Technical Conference for the Midwest States, and Jessica Yeager, PE, LSP (Kansas), will moderate a session. The event will be held on May 7, 2024, in Lenexa, Kansas. Geosyntec is hosting a booth and is an event sponsor. Michael Jury, PG, will also attend the conference and will be available at the booth. Suzanne…
Symon Jackson, Waldo Dressel, Mike Liu, and Marcelo Llano (Australia) from Red Earth Engineering, a Geosyntec Company (REE), presented at the Annual Conference on Paste, Thickened and Filtered Tailings (PASTE) from April 18 through 24, 2024 in Melbourne, Australia. They presented in collaboration with REE client Rio Tinto. In addition, Geosyntec and REE practitioners Bernardo Meneses, Thanesh Ganeson, and Celeste Harrington were coauthors. The goal of the PASTE conference is to raise awareness among mining…
Samantha Fuchs, PhD (California), was honored at the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) Annual Meeting as the “2023 Reuse of Solid Mining Waste Team Member of the Year” and the “2023 Industry Affiliates Program Member of the Year.” The meeting took place from April 8 through 11, 2024 at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach in Long Beach, California. Samantha is an environmental remediation and geological carbon sequestration professional who specializes in groundwater geochemistry and…
How Biofilters Reduce Cost and Raise the Value of Post-Closure Landfills Owners and operators guiding landfills through post-closure face rising costs and tightening regulations. Now more than ever, finding solutions that can reduce the financial burden while also meeting greenhouse-gas emission regulations is paramount. And what if such a solution could also complement the transition of these sites to public spaces? In this conversation, Geosyntec’s Justin Lottig and Peter Bannister, PE (Washington), from Aspect, a…
Elizabeth Toot-Levy will speak on permitting at the National Pretreatment Workshop and Training in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at 1:50 p.m. EDT on May 15, 2024. Beth is a Senior Scientist based in Cleveland, Ohio, with more than 23 years of experience in environmental and regulatory compliance. She joined Geosyntec in 2015 after 14 years at the largest wastewater utility in Ohio. She leads multiple projects involving the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and Clean Water…
Geosyntec's Overland Park office has relocated to a new, larger office suite at 9300 West 110th Street, Suite 600, Overland Park, Kansas. This expansion, spurred by growth and our expanding client base, reflects our commitment to providing exceptional service and accommodating the increasing demand for our expertise. The Overland Park team conducts assessments and implements remediation strategies for contaminated soil, sediment, and groundwater, guiding clients through intricate remediation processes and supporting site closures. Our Overland…
John Merrill (California) and Kirk Craig, PE (Arizona), will present “PFAS Regulations, Treatment, and Permitting: An Overview and Two Case Studies” at the Semiconductor Environmental Health and Safety Association (SESHA) Annual Symposium on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at 3:30 p.m. MST. The symposium will take place from April 22 through 25 at the Hilton Resort at the Peak in Phoenix, Arizona. John is a Professional Engineer focused on environmental site assessment and remediation, applied research,…
In a groundbreaking study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, Geosyntec’s Thomas (Tom) Wanzek, PhD, investigates the factors influencing how per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) interact with soil particles. This research tackles the critical issue of PFAS-contamination persistence, particularly from aqueous-film-forming foams (AFFFs) used in firefighter training grounds. In this discussion, Tom walks us through the study’s methods and describes the exciting potential their findings hold for future PFAS remediation tools and strategies.…
Geosyntec will attend and present at the United States Society on Dams (USSD) 2024 Annual Conference at the Westin Seattle in Seattle, Washington, from April 22 through 26, 2024. Presenters include Saiful Rahat, PhD (Oregon), Jenny Ramirez, PhD, PEng (Washington, DC), and Michael Dupuis, PE, PEng (California). Jamey Rosen, PGeo (Ontario) coauthored a presentation. Other Geosyntec staff in attendance are Joe Goldstein, Lucas de Melo, James Barbis, Conrad Ginther, Chris Hunt, Jackee Allmond, Kate Darby,…
Harsh Anurag, PhD, will present “Predictive Water Management using GoldSim for Mining Operations Under a Changing Climate” at the 2024 Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) Minnesota Conference on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at 8:40 a.m. CDT. Harsh’s co-author was Geosyntec’s Jeff Standish. The conference will be held from April 15 through 17 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center in Duluth, Minnesota. In addition to Harsh, Geosyntec’s Todd DeJournett, Spencer Washburn, and Charlie Zadinsky…
Nathan Northby (Australia) coauthored “Examining changes in groundwater PFAS contamination from legacy landfills over a three-year period at Australia's largest urban renewal site” in the March 2024 edition of Chemosphere. Nathan’s coauthors were Matthew Currell of Griffith University and Pacian Netherway of EPA Victoria. Nathan is a Senior Staff Professional with experience in groundwater and contaminated site remediation. Chemosphere is an international journal designed for publishing original communications and reviewing articles on chemicals in the…
The Geosyntec Family of Companies announces the promotion of 17 individuals to the position of Senior Principal. Each of these new Senior Principals has made significant contributions to delivering outstanding projects to first-class clients, developing strong relationships with those clients, building our practices, leveraging their own expertise and experience of their colleagues, recruiting outstanding staff, and working collaboratively with their coworkers. Please join us in congratulating our new Senior Principals on achieving this milestone in…
The Geosyntec Family of Companies announces the promotion of 41 individuals to the position of Principal. Each of these new Principals has made significant contributions to delivering outstanding projects to first-class clients, developing strong relationships with those clients, building our practices, leveraging their own expertise and experience of their colleagues, recruiting outstanding staff, and working collaboratively with their coworkers. Please join us in congratulating our new Principals on achieving this outstanding milestone in their careers.…
Rudy Bonaparte, PhD, PE, DGE, FASCE, NAE, (Georgia) will speak to current and future geoprofessionals about their vital role in addressing climate change when he delivers the 2024 Lymon C. Reese Distinguished Lecture at the University of Texas at Austin. The lecture will be held on April 12, 2024, at the Mulva Auditorium of the university’s Engineering Education and Research Center at 4:30 p.m. CDT. The title of his talk is “Geoprofessionals as Leaders in…
Maxwell Dugan, PE (California), will present twice at the Center for Watershed Protection (CWP) 2024 National Watershed and Stormwater Conference. The event takes place April 8 through 11, 2024, at the InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri. Maxwell’s first presentation, “Outreach for Stormwater Projects: Lessons Learned from the Public Sector, the Private Sector, and an Elected Advisory Board,” will be on Wednesday, April 10, at 11:05 a.m. CDT. He will also…
Onur Tastan, PhD, PE (North Carolina), will present “Data-Driven Mitigation Strategies for Dam Safety, Emergency Preparedness, and Asset Management” at the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) Southeast Regional Conference at the Knoxville Convention Center in Knoxville, Tennessee, at 3:30 pm EDT on Tuesday, April 9, 2024. Also in attendance from Geosyntec will be John Barrett, Stephanie Owens, and Missy Setz. Geosyntec is a sponsor if this year’s event. Onur Tastan is a Principal…
Geosyntec’s Ravi Arulanantham, PhD, was awarded the Association for Environmental Health and Sciences (AEHS) Foundation Achievement Award at the International Conference on Soil, Water, Energy, and Air. Ravi was recognized at the annual West Coast Conference on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, in San Diego, California. Ravi is a Senior Principal Toxicologist based in California with more than 28 years of experience focused on developing public policies surrounding environmental compliance for land-use and water-quality issues. He…
Rachel Zajac-Fay, Geosyntec, and Brent Pautler, PhD, SiREM, will present "How Passive Samplers can Optimize and Reduce the Costs of Environmental Sampling Programs" at the Society of American Military Engineers Webinar, on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. EDT. Their co-presenter is Jason McNew of EA Engineering, Science, and Technology. This webinar highlights passive sampling devices (PSDs) and their many advantages over conventional sampling methods for quantifying the availability of per- and polyfluorinated alkyl…
Etienne Chenevert (California) coauthored the paper, “Machine Learning Predictions of Vertical Accretion in the Mississippi River Deltaic Plain,” in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface on March 14, 2024. Etienne’s coauthor was Douglas A. Edmonds of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Indiana University-Bloomington. Etienne is a Staff Professional Scientist who recently earned an MS in Geological and Earth Sciences from Indiana University-Bloomington. In his research, he used GIS and machine learning…
Geosyntec practitioners will present five presentations at the Environmental & Water Resources Institute (EWRI) of the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) Operation & Maintenance (O&M) of Stormwater Systems Conference. The conference will take place April 7 through 10, 2024, at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center at the University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas. We are also sponsoring the event at the silver level. Our speaking practitioners will be Stephanie Zinn; Jared…
Michaela McKenzie, PE (Texas), will present “Trends and Technologies for Organic Waste to Energy Projects” at the Active Communication International (ACI) Future of Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) North America 2024 Conference on March 20 at 11:00 a.m. CDT. Len de Vlaming and Lynn McGuire will also attend the conference, which is March 20 through 21, 2024, at the Hotel ICON in Houston, Texas. Michaela is an environmental engineer with more than 10 years of experience…