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Ryan Duckett, PE, (Virginia) was awarded the Top 10 New Faces of Civil Engineering Professionals for 2023 award on behalf of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) during Engineers Week, February 19 through 25, 2023. Ryan is a Senior Engineer who focuses on solid waste advisory services and integrated solid waste management with an emphasis on organics and diversion. He specializes in sustainable materials management, including planning, environmental compliance, facility feasibility and development, operations,…
Kirk Craig, PE, PEE, and Matthew Williams (Arizona) will speak at the 18th Annual Environmental Professionals of Arizona (EPAZ) Conference at the SRP Pera Club Conference Center in Tempe, Arizona. Kirk will moderate the PFAS Panel Discussion at 12:00 a.m. MST on March 1, 2023. Matthew will present "In Situ Biological Remediation of Chromium, Nitrate and Chlorinated VOCs Using an Innovative EDS" at 11:15 p.m. MST on March 1, 2023. Matthew's co-presenter is Hazel Cox…
Billur Kazaz, PhD, (Georgia) received the Emerging Leader Award from the International Erosion Control Association (IECA). She accepted the award at the organization's annual conference, which was held on February 6 through 8, 2023. Billur Kazaz is a Senior Staff Professional who focuses on erosion and sediment control, construction stormwater management, use of unmanned aircraft systems (drone systems) on construction sites, and Geographic Information Systems. The IECA brings together those who work in the stormwater,…
Jason Conder, PhD, IBERAD, (California) and Rachel Zajac-Fay (Florida) of Geosyntec and Brent Pautler, PhD, (Ontario) of SiREM were awarded funding by the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) to demonstrate using the PFASsive sampler to measure per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in sediment. The project is one of 50 that will begin in fiscal year 2023 and one of eight in the category of Environmental Restoration. This 3-year project will involve field demonstration of the…
Geosyntec is pleased to announce that Geoscience and Marine Services (GEMS), a marine geology, archaeology, and geotechnical engineering consultancy based in Houston, Texas, is joining the Geosyntec family of companies. With 16 technical specialists, GEMS brings the skills of its people to interpret marine geomorphologic, archaeologic, geophysical, and geotechnical data to deliver integrated seafloor models for use by its clients in the offshore oil and gas and offshore wind industries. GEMS personnel plan and implement…
Jerko Kocijan, PhD, PE, GE, (California) helped write the new guidance on the design and assessment of marine oil, gas, and petrochemical terminals. This guidance was published by PIANC, the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure. A webinar on the topic will be hosted by the US Section of PIANC (PIANC USA) on February 16, 2023, at 2 p.m. EST. Jerko is a Principal Engineer with more than 17 years of geotechnical experience in geotechnical…
Jean Zodrow, PhD, (Colorado) and Jason Conder, PhD, (California) earned certification by the International Board of Environmental Risk Assessors (IBERA), a program of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC). Jean and Jason are the first two Geosyntec practitioners gain this recognition, which requires a rigorous application and examination. IBERA certification demonstrates expertise in environmental risk assessment and an ongoing commitment to provide clients with the most rigorous solutions. Jean is a Senior Scientist…
Cheryl Halim, Ph.D. (Australia) has been accredited by the New South Wales Environmental Protection Authority (NSW EPA) as a Contaminated Land Site Auditor. Cheryl is a Principal Chemical Engineer in the Geosyntec's Sydney office with more than 18 years of experience in environmental assessment and remediation, human health risk assessments, and site audits. She has participated in more than 100 audits for New South Wales and other Australian states. In addition to contaminated land audits,…
Amanda Caron, P.E., (South Carolina) and Emmie Chen, P.E. (Georgia) will present the online event "Applications of Environmental Forensics" at 12:15 p.m. CST on February 7, 2023. The event is hosted by the Young Lawyers Section (YLS) of the Chicago Bar Association and will address how environmental forensics is applied at complex contaminated sites. Amanda is a Project Environmental Engineer who specializes in environmental site characterization and forensics, contaminant fate and transport, and data analysis,…
Daniel Elliott Ph.D., BCEEM, and George Hollerbach, P.E., CSP, BCEE, will present "Pharmaceuticals in the Environment: A Brief History, Causes, and Potential Remedies" at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) on February 6, 2023. Dan is a Senior Consultant based in New Jersey with more than 25 years of experience managing environmental due diligence assessments, characterizing and quantifying environmental liabilities, managing remediation portfolios, conducting…
Sarah Gustitus-Graham, Ph.D., P.E. (Florida) was awarded the 2023 40 Under 40 Award from Waste360 on February 1, 2023. Sarah is an Engineer based in Florida who focuses on solid waste management. She offers broad experience in landfill design, hydrologic and geotechnical investigations, bench-scale and modeling studies of liner and cover systems, landfill gas management, waste composition studies, and cost-benefit analysis. As a doctoral student, Sarah received a fellowship from the Environmental Research and Education…
Jeremiah Armitage, P.G., (Indiana) recently joined Geosyntec as a Principal Geologist. He has more than 20 years of experience as a subject-matter expert in remediation and site assessment. At Geosyntec, Jeremiah will focus on helping clients assess and remediate contaminated groundwater and address vapor intrusion. In past roles, Jeremiah has led many high-profile projects involving contaminated sites and their remediation, especially involving chlorinated solvents, petroleum hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls, and metals. Additionally, he has served as…
Fabiana Arriaga, Ph.D., (California) will moderate the Women in Geosynthetics Round Table Event at the Geosynthetics 2023 Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, on Monday, February 6 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. CST Fabiana's co-moderator is Jordan Wiechmann of Intertape Polymer Group; panelists include Tina Oliver of Seaman Corp, Maya Innis of International Cover Systems, Roxalana Dobransky of Layfield Group, and Kirstin Sample-Lord of Villanova University. Fabiana has more than fifteen years of academic and professional…
Jenny Ramirez, Ph.D. (Ontario) coauthored the paper "Intersectional Impacts of the 2021 Mw 7.2 Nippes, Haiti, Earthquake from Geotechnical and Social Perspectives" in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society on January 4, 2023. Jenny's coauthors were Ashly Cabas, Cristina Lorenzo-Velazquez, Nancy Ingabire Abayo, and Chunyang Ji (North Carolina State University), Fernando E. Garcia (University of Michigan), Joanne Pérodin (Florida International University), Yu-Wei Hwang (National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University), Shideh Dashti (University of Colorado Boulder),…
Juan Pestana, Sc.D., P.E. (Massachusetts), will present "Challenges for Flood Protection in River and Coastal Communities considering Climate Change" at the Trends in Coastal and Offshore Geotechnical Infrastructure seminar hosted by Tufts University at the Tufts University Robinson Auditorium at 9:50 a.m. on January 28. Before joining Geosyntec, Juan spent 23 years as a professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of California at Berkeley where he taught and conducted research…
Julie Konzuk, Ph.D., P.Eng, (Ontario) will present "Leveraging Your CSM to Develop Successful Bedrock Remediation Approaches: Concepts & Case Studies" at the Smart Methods in Advanced Remediation Technologies (SMART) Remediation Conference at the Lionhead Golf Club and Conference Centre in Toronto, Ontario, at 9:25 a.m. on January 26, 2023. Leah MacKinnon, P.Eng, (Ontario) will present the same topic at the SMART Remediation Conference at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre in Ottawa, Ontario, at 11:00…
Kyle LaClair, P.E. (Virginia) recently joined Geosyntec Consultants as a Principal Engineer, bringing more than 20 years of experience focused on developing and permitting civil infrastructure projects. Kyle brings to Geosyntec his engineering and construction industries, including his work in the areas of site/civil, transportation, traffic, water resource, and process engineering and design skills. With experience in both design-bid-build and design-build projects, Kyle manages projects throughout their life cycles, from conceptual planning through construction. He…
Jason Conder, Ph.D. (California) will present "Environmental Risk Considerations for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in Biosolids" at the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association (PNCWA) PFAS Webinar at 1:00 p.m. PST on January 19, 2023. 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 assessment and management, environmental toxicology, and ecological and human health risk assessment. PNCWA is the…
Conrad Ginther, P.E. (Tennessee) will present "Drilling and Grouting as a Versatile Tool at Boone Dam" and "Instrumented Packers: Boone Dam." John Barrett, P.E. (Tennessee) will present "Dam Safety Instrumentation Performance of Boone Dam during Remediation Grouting," and Andrew Higgins (Ontario) will present "A Simple Project Information Management System for A Grout Curtain" at the International Conference on Grouting and Deep Mixing at the New Orleans Marriott in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 16 and…
Ilektra Drygiannaki, Ph.D., (Illinois) and Giovanna Pagnozzi, Ph.D., (Washington) coauthored "Environmental Impacts of Hurricane Harvey on the Neches-Brakes Bayou River System in Beaumont, Texas" in the November 2022 edition of Environmental Management. Ilektra and Giovanna's coauthors were Balaji Rao, Danny Reible, Dimitrios Athanasiou, Helen H. Lou, Renzun Zhao, Jian Fang, Kayleigh Millerick, and Nahirobe Barragan. Ilektra is a Senior Staff Professional in Geosyntec's Chicago office. She assesses sediment recontamination due to stormwater and bioaccumulation of…
David Espinoza, Ph.D., P.E. (Maryland) coauthored "Decoupled net present value: protecting assets against climate change risk by consistently capturing the value of resilient and adaptable investments," which was published in the journal Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure on December 9, 2022. He was the lead author; his coauthors were Javier Rojo (Sustainability Strategic Advisors, London), William Phillips (Mott McDonald, Toronto), and Andrew Eil (Tata Consultancy Services, New York). David Espinoza is a Senior Principal Geoenvironmental Engineer…
Marc Rogoff, Ph.D., Sarah Gustitus-Graham, P.E., Ph.D. (Florida), Montana Meeker (Georgia), and Sean O'Donnell, P.E., Ph.D. (Maryland), coauthored "Desktop Waste Characterization Studies: An Alternative to Traditional Trash Dives" in Waste Advantage Magazine's December 2022 issue. Mark Jackson, Pensacola's sustainability coordinator, was also a coauthor. The article, which appeared in the planning and analysis section of the issue, addresses whether a desktop study can be effective and can be conducted in lieu of a traditional trash…
Geosyntec is excited to announce that Red Earth Engineering Pty Ltd (REE), a consultancy with offices in Brisbane, Gold Coast; and Perth, Australia, has entered into an agreement to join our family of companies. With a staff of 61, REE is an engineering and consulting firm focused on mine tailings and water dams in the Asia Pacific. Established in 2009, REE has since become the tailings dam consultant of choice for many of the major…
Geosyntec Staff Contribute to the 2023 Battelle Sediments Conference Geosyntec professionals will make a substantial technical contribution at Battelle's International Conference on the Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas, on January 9 through 12, 2023. Geosyntec's Anne Fitzpatrick, LHG (Washington) served on the steering committee. In addition, Geosyntec staff will chair four sessions, give fourteen platform presentations, instruct one lunch-and-learn event, serve as a panelist, instruct a short-course,…
Robert Bachus, Ph.D., P.E. (Georgia) will present "Lessons and Innovations from The Performance of Modern Municipal Solid Waste Landfills with Emphasis on Long-Term Post-Closure Care" at a brown bag seminar hosted by the Georgia Chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA). The event will take place at Barnes and Thornburg LLP in Atlanta, Georgia, from noon to 1:00 p.m. EST on December 16, 2022. Robert Bachus is a Senior Principal Engineer based in…
For the second year in a row, Geosyntec was recognized as one of Highwire's safest contractors and vendors, receiving one of the highest possible ratings during their assessment of our safety practices. The honorary annual award is presented to companies that register a high safety score with Highwire, based on current safety management and historic performance. As Garrett Burke, CEO of Highwire, explained, "Geosyntec Consultants has done a remarkable job of implementing a strong safety…
Susan Brodie (Colorado) and Mark R. Willobee, CPESC (Illinois) will present on "Demystifying Sustainability and Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG): Risks, Opportunities, and a Roadmap for the Aggregate Industry" at Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers (IAAP)'s Annual Conference and Aggregate Miner Safety Conference in Springfield, Illinois on December 7, 2022. Geosyntec is excited to sponsor, present, and exhibit at this year's IAAP Annual Convention & Safety Conference located in Springfield, Illinois. Attendees will be able…
Joe Cleary, P.E., BCEE (New York) will present "Industrial Water Reuse Trends" on the University of the District of Columbia's NASA-MIRO: Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Space Technology & Research at UDC (CAM-STAR) webinar at 5:30 p.m. EST on December 1, 2022. Joe Cleary is a Board-Certified Environmental Engineer based in New Jersey with more than 46 years of experience focused on industrial wastewater, water reuse, energy recovery energy, and the treatment of emerging contaminates…
Kristin Salzsauler, P.Geo., (British Columbia) will present "Optimizing Mine Water and Mine Waste Management Using Machine Learning Approaches (and Data You Already Collect)" at the 2022 Annual British Columbia MEND ML/ARD Workshop at Simon Fraser University Campus in Vancouver, British Columbia, at 1:00 on November 30, 2022. Kristin's co-presenter is Tom Meuzelaar of Life Cycle Geo. Kristin will be joined at the workshop by Geosyntec colleagues Silvia Mancini, Ph.D., P.Geo.; Dan LaPorte, P.GEO; Andrew Holmes,…
Mark Heaney (New York) and Travis Kline, MEM, BCES, (Washington, D.C.) will present "Emerging Chemicals and Pathogens of Concern - Product Testing, Development, Pathway to Uncomplicate Market Challenges" during a panel session at XPAND2022, the annual meeting of the Household & Commercial Products Association in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, December 4 through 7, 2022. Mark will moderate the session and Travis Kline will present as part of the panel. They will be available at the Geosyntec…
David Espinoza, Ph.D., P.E. (Maryland) is one of five speakers on the webinar "Making Resilience Count: New Accounting Approaches for Quantifying Benefits of Climate Resilience Investment" hosted by the Global Adaptation & Resilience Working Group (GARI) at 10:30 a.m EST on Thursday, November 10, 2022. David's co-presenters are Javier Rojo of SustainAbilitySA; Jan Whittington of the University of Washington; Andrew Eil, Climate Risk and Resilience Consultant; and Lori Collins of GARI. David Espinoza is a…
Geosyntec will deliver six presentations, co-chair a technical session, and sponsor a nontechnical session at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America 43rd Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on November 13 through 17, 2022. Presenters from Geosyntec include Jason Conder, Ph.D. (California), Jean Zodrow, Ph.D., (Colorado), Rachel Zajac-Fay (Florida), Kaylin McDermett, Ph.D. (Pennsylvania), Caitlin Johnson, Ph.D. (Massachusetts), Zach Pandelides, Ph.D. (Mississippi), and Florent Risacher, (Ottawa). Other Geosyntec staff attending are Amanda McNally,…
Stephanie Owen (Tennessee) recently joined Geosyntec Consultants as a Senior Professional who specializes in providing economic expertise on geotechnical, geoenvironmental, and water and natural resource projects, including flood risk management, inland navigation, and water storage for water supply. At Geosyntec, Stephanie plans to build a blue-chip consulting practice focused on consequence analysis for hydraulic structures within Geosyntec's geotechnical, geoenvironmental, and water and natural resources practices. She will also provide senior-level support to the dams and…