David Espinoza, Ph.D., P.E.

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 (e.g., tailing storage facilities) and more recently, financial evaluation of infrastructure investments taking into consideration physical risks such as climate change.

For his solid waste, industrial and mining clients, David has performed geotechnical engineering evaluations slope stability analysis, embankment and mechanically stabilized earth walls design, drainage systems and geotechnical monitoring plans. His project sites have included locations where weak soil conditions prevented standard design techniques. David's experience includes a strong background in the design and use of geosynthetic materials as hydraulic barriers, subsurface drainage, and embankment reinforcement applications. His in-depth understanding of numerical models and geomechanics allowed him to model complicated soil-structure interaction conditions that led to design recommendations successfully executed in the field. David has also performed forensic investigation of failures and provided technical consultation on litigation activities for geoenvironmental projects.

More recently, David's capabilities have expanded into decision analysis and financial evaluation areas. David has developed unique quantitative methods that allows decision makers to account for technical risk along with financial risks using state of the art financial theory. He has authored several papers on engineering and finance that have been published in peer-reviewed journals and financial newspapers such as the Financial Times. 

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  • Espinoza D., Rojo J. (2017) Towards sustainable mining (Part I): Valuing investment opportunities in the mining sector. Resources Policy Journal, 52, 7-18.
  • Espinoza D., Morris J. (2017) Towards sustainable mining (Part II): Accounting for mine reclamation and post reclamation care liabilities. Resources Policy Journal, 52, 29-38
  • Li C., Espinoza, D. (2017) Assessment of reinforced embankment stability over soft soils based on monitoring results.  Geosynthetics International, 24, 3, pp. 264–79
  • Cifuentes A. and Espinoza D. (2016) Infrastructure investment and the peril of discounted cash flow.  Financial Times, Markets Insight, 3 Nov. 2016.

Career Summary: David Espinoza, Ph.D., P.E.

  • Specialties: Financial Risk Analysis; Waste Containment Facility Planning and Design; Geotechnical Infrastructure and Foundation Engineering; Forensic investigation; Financial Evaluation of Infrastructure Investments
  • Practice Areas: Environmental Management, Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Waste Management
  • Disciplines: Geoenvironmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering
  • Education: Ph.D., Engineering, Purdue University, 1993; M.Sc., Civil Engineering, Purdue University, 1990; B.S., Civil Engineering, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, 1986
  • Registration: Maryland Engineer, 0022181; Delaware Engineer, 13621; California Engineer, C54940

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