Alicia Smith (Texas) recently joined Geosyntec Consultants as a Senior Principal. She brings 20 years of environmental, health, safety, and sustainability experience focused on planning and permitting, merger and acquisition support, and sustainability services. At Geosyntec, Alicia will lead teams primarily centered on projects that are part of a long-term structural change in energy systems towards a low carbon future. Geosyntec offers a wide variety of energy-related services that Alicia will contribute towards: Planning and…
John Merrill, Rula Deeb, Ph.D., BCEEM, PMP, and Lydia Dorrance, Ph.D., (California) coauthored an article entitled “Managing PFAS in Environmental Due Diligence: The Future’s Uncertain” for publication in the Spring 2021 issue of HydroVisions. John, Rula, and Lydia’s coauthor was Ned Witte, Godfrey & Kahn. John Merrill is a Senior Staff Engineer based in California with experience in environmental site investigation and remediation, litigation support, and applied research in collaboration with university partners. John focuses…
This as an important opportunity to recognize our clients and their proactive and innovative efforts to deploy tools to protect their communities and stakeholders. An EBJ Award serves as a validation of Geosyntec's contribution to help our communities and clients, and as an effort to make a difference in trying times. We repurposed our Lab in an effort to help, to make a difference. We developed our IT tools to assist our community leaders in…
Emma O'Leary (Minnesota) will present "Engineering Justice" to a class of freshman engineering students at the University of Minnesota on March 24, 2021. Emma's co-presenter is Rachel Tenney, University of Minnesota. Emma O'Leary is a Staff Professional based in Minnesota with experience in civil and environmental engineering. The University of Minnesota Twin Cities prepares students to meet the great challenges facing our state, our nation, and our world. They apply their expertise as students, faculty,…
Bora Baturay, Ph.D., P.E., G.E. (California) recently joined Geosyntec Consultants as a Principal Geotechnical Engineer. He has more than 18 years of experience as a subject matter expert in geotechnical and earthquake engineering services for public and private sector clients. Geosyntec is a consulting and engineering firm that works with private and public sector clients to address new ventures and complex problems involving our environment, natural resources, and civil infrastructure. Geosyntec's nationally recognized geotechnical and…
Jeanmarie Zodrow, Ph.D., (Colorado) coauthored an article entitled "Development of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances Ecological Risk-Based Screening Levels" for publication in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry on December 28, 2020. Jean's coauthors were Meredith Frenchmeyer, Kaitlyn Dally, Eric Osborn, Paul Anderson, and Craig Divine, Arcadis. Jean Zodrow is a Senior Scientist at Geosyntec with more than 23 years of experience in risk assessment and environmental toxicology. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (ET&C) publishes papers describing original experimental…
Yechan Won, Ph.D., (Illinois); and Mary Ensch, Ph.D., (Wisconsin) will present at the Annual American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Midwest Regional Conference and Jarad Champion, P.E., BCEE will chair one session on March 18, 2021. Jarad Champion is a Senior Engineer and an AAEES Board-Certified Environmental Engineer with more than 15 years of experience working on heavy industrial stormwater, wastewater, and hazardous waste compliance and remediation projects. Jarad has worked on treatment systems and…
Geosyntec professionals will make a significant technical contribution at the 2021 Association for Environmental Health and Sciences (AEHS) Foundation’s International Conference on Soil, Water, Energy, and Air to be held virtually on March 22-25, 2021. In addition to being one of the main conference sponsors, Geosyntec contributions to the conference program include U.S. EPA’s Vapor Intrusion Workshop presenters Theresa Gabris, P.G. (Washington D.C.) and Chase Holton, Ph.D., P.E. (Colorado), workshop presenter Robert Ettinger; platform presenters…
Travis Kline, MEM, BCES (Washington D.C.) will present “Analyzing Risk Assessment and Cumulative Risk Assessment from a Scientific, Legal and Client/Stakeholder Perspective” at American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER) Panel at 12 p.m. EDT on March 18, 2021. Travis’s co-presenters are Bernadette Rappold, Greenberg Traurig LLP; Roy D. Prather III, Beveridge & Diamond PC; and Jessica Sharrow Thompson, PPG Industries. Travis Kline is a Senior Principal Toxicologist based in Washington,…
Philip Benson, P.E., PMP, (Washington D.C.) recently joined Geosyntec Consultants as a Senior Principal Engineer. He has more than 30 years of experience focused on project delivery in the water for power, mining, and manufacturing industries. At Geosyntec, Phil will join the industrial water practice, focusing on optimizing water management at mining facilities helping power companies respond to water management challenges created by the recently revised Effluent Limitations Guidelines and the Coal Combustion Residuals regulations.…
Marc Rogoff, Ph.D., (Florida) and Bill Gaffigan, CVA, (Georgia) coauthored an article entitled “Conducting a Feasibility Analysis for a Proposed Waste-to-Energy Project in Alaska” for publication in EM on March 2021. Marc and Bill’s coauthors were Mark Spafford, Municipality of Anchorage Solid Waste Utility and Kurt Vause, Streamline AM. Marc Rogoff is a Senior Consultant based in Florida with more than 38 years of professional experience focused on solid waste management as a public agency…
Lucas de Melo, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, David Espinoza, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, and Leticia Nocko, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE, (Maryland), coauthored an article entitled “Powering Your Electric Vehicle” for publication in the March/April 2021 issue of GEOSTRATA. Lucas de Melo is a Senior Principal Engineer based in Maryland with more than 20 years of experience in dams and mining related projects, geotechnical design and field studies, risk quantification, hazardous materials remediation; and in the design of coal ash…
Geosyntec is excited to announce that Zoic Environmental Pty Ltd, a consultancy based in Sydney, Australia, providing environmental services to clients in the Asia Pacific region, has joined Geosyntec. The acquisition will enhance the ability for clients in the region to work with local Australian experts with increased access to a global network of technical leaders. “This is an exciting moment for both our companies and our practitioners,” said Peter Zeeb, Ph.D., P.G., President &…
David Espinoza, Ph.D., P.E., and Jeremy Morris, Ph.D., P.E., (Maryland) coauthored an article entitled "Time is not Money, Risk is!" for publication in The Solutions Journal on December 1, 2020. David and Jeremy's coauthor was Alice Hill, Council on Foreign Relations. David Espinoza is a Senior Principal Geoenvironmental Engineer based in Maryland focused on foundation design over soft soils, design of containment facilities (e.g., municipal solid waste, mining tailings, coal-combustion residuals), closure of containment facilities…
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. Watch On Demand Now » 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.…
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…