Geosyntec News and Events

Randy Brandt, P.G. (California) presented "The Intersection of Climate Change and Environmental Due Diligence" at Baker McKenzie's Annual International Environmental Law Conference in Chicago, Illinois on June 19-21, 2019. Randy is a Senior Principal Geologist based in California with more than 30 years of management and technical experience with environmental and hazardous waste issues. He has focused on development and implementation of environmental restoration programs for blighted hazardous waste sites ranging in size from gasoline…
Herwig Goldemund, Ph.D. (Georgia) will present on the panel "PFAS FUSS: When (Not If) You Find PFAS at Your Property, What Should You Do? An Overview of Current Regulatory Efforts to Address PFAS Chemicals" at the Georgia Environmental Law Section Annual Summer Seminar at the King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort on St. Simons Island, Georgia on July 12-13, 2019. Herwig's co-presenters are Charles M. Denton, II, Barnes & Thornburg; Mark Benotti, Ph.D., NewFields;…
Yvana Hrovat, P.E. (California) recently joined Geosyntec Consultants as a Principal Engineer. Yvana has over 16 years of experience as a project manager, water resources engineer, environmental scientist and compliance analyst, specializing in sustainable designs. She is based in Geosyntec's Los Angeles' office. Prior to joining Geosyntec, Yvana served as an Associate Engineer at Wood for over four years specializing in project management, contract negotiation, engineering design, business development, and team leadership. Yvana has led…
Randy Brandt, P.G. (California) presented "The Intersection of Climate Change and Brownfield Redevelopment" at the Center for Creative Land Recycling's (CCLR) Resources for Sustainable Redevelopment and Land Recycling workshop at the Shell Clubhouse in Martinez, California on June 18, 2019. Randy's co-presenters were Nova Blazej, EPA Region 9; Sara Bellafronte, City of Pittsburg, Pittsburg Future Build; and Mark Shorett, Bay Area Metro. Randy is a Senior Principal Geologist based in California with more than 30…
Todd Creamer, P.G. (New Hampshire) will present "Highly Efficient Subsurface Investigations in Large Building on Active Installations" at Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Greater Kansas City (GKC) Post Industry & Training Day Conference at the Overland Park Convention Center in Overland Park, Kansas at 10:45 am on June 27, 2019. Todd 's co-presenters are Karen Campbell, NAVFAC SE and Travis Lewis, NAVFAC Engineering & Expeditionary Warfare Center. Todd is a Principal Geologist based in…
Nathan Schachtman coauthored a paper entitled "The Interplay between Physical and Chemical Erosion Over Glacial-Interglacial Cycles" that was published in the Geological Society of America's journal Geology on May 2, 2019. Nathan was the lead author, and his coauthors were Joshua Roering, Jill Marshall, Daniel Gavin, and Darryl Granger. Nathan is a Staff Geologist based in Washington focused on geological sciences. He has experience conducting geochemical characterizations of soil, rock, and sediment as well as…
Paul Tschirky, Ph.D., P.Eng, D.CE was featured in an article entitled "Geosyntec Uses Coastal Engineering Lead to Build a Multi-Disciplinary Climate Resilience & Adaptation Practice" that was published in the Climate Change Business Journal in Volume XII, No. 4-5-6 on June 10, 2019. Paul is a Senior Principal based in Louisiana with more than 20 years of experience in coastal engineering, resiliency, restoration, and water management. Geosyntec assists clients with all areas needed for successful…
Kwasi Badu-Tweneboah, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE (Florida) presented "Optimizing the Storage Capacity of a Confined Disposal Facility in Savannah Harbor, Georgia – Seven Years of Intensive Management of Dredged Sediments" and "Emergency Dredging of a Terminal Tanker Dock Due to Impacts from the Recent Back-to-back Hurricanes in the Northeast Florida Area" at the Western Dredging Association's (WEDA) Dredging Summit & Expo '19 at the Chicago Hilton in Chicago, Illinois on June 7, 2019. Kwasi's co-presenters were…
Marc Rogoff, Ph.D. (Florida) was recognized for his service on the Solid Waste Association of North America's (SWANA) Division, International Board, and Executive Board at a SWANA retreat in Silver Spring, Maryland on May 31 - June 2, 2019. Marc is a Senior Consultant based in Florida with more than 38 years of experience that includes solid waste management, waste collection studies, facility feasibility assessments, and facility site selection. Throughout his career, he has directed…
Frederic Cosme, CPEng has joined Geosyntec as a Principal Engineer with 20 years of experience in environmental consulting and hydrogeology and will lead the firm's practice in Melbourne, Australia. Based in Melbourne for the last 12 years, Fred has delivered clients tangible outcomes for the largest industrial sites in the state of Victoria, developing a particular expertise with fractured basalt. Fred has also provided technical direction and risk mitigation strategies for major industrial facilities many…
Rula Deeb, Ph.D., BCEEM (California) will present "PFAS 101 – An Overview of Technical and Regulatory Issues Associated with Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances" as part of the American Bar Association's (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, & Resources Law (SEER) Essentials webinar series at 1:00 p.m. on June 18, 2019. Rula's co-presenters are Virginia Yingling, Minnesota Department of Health and Harmon L. Cooper, Crowell & Moring LLP. Rula is a Senior Principal Civil and Environmental Engineer…
John Merrill, Elisabeth Hawley, P.E. (California), and Rula Deeb, Ph.D., BCEEM (California) coauthored an article entitled "Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS): Key Issues and Environmental Responses" that was published in Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) Currents on pages 11-12 in Volume 21, Number 2. EWRI is a subset of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). John is a Staff Engineer based in California focused on environmental site assessment and remediation, litigation support, and…
Jennifer Padgett, P.E. (Maryland) has been named Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). Jennifer is a Project Engineer based in Maryland focused on environmental engineering and solid waste management projects with an emphasis on landfills. Her leadership role within SWANA grew through distinction at their board meeting and her involvement with the Young Professionals Group. SWANA is an organization of professionals committed to advancing from solid…
Lauren Fitzgerald, Ph.D., P.E. (Georgia) and Jay Thompson, Ph.D., P.E. (Minnesota) will present "Using Environmental Forensic Tools for Litigation Support" at the 28th Annual Southeastern Environmental Law & Regulation Conference at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Miramar Beach, Florida from 3:15-4:00 pm on June 14, 2019. Lauren and Jay will co-present with W. Larkin Radney, IV, Esq. of Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC. Lauren is an Environmental Engineer based in North Carolina focused…
Lelio Mejia, Ph.D. (California) will present a paper on "Earthquake-induced Cracking of Embankment Dams" at the 87th Annual Meeting and Symposium of the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) at the Shaw Center in Ottawa, Canada from June 9-14, 2019. As the U.S. Delegate on the ICOLD Committee on Seismic Aspects of Dam Design, Lelio will also presenta on the "Performance of Dams During the 2018 M 7.1 Anchorage, Alaska Earthquake." Lelio is a Senior…
Chase Holton, Ph.D., P.E. (Colorado) coauthored a paper entitled "Influence of Fluctuating Groundwater Table on Volatile Organic Chemical Emission Flux at a Dissolved Chlorinated‐Solvent Plume Site" published in the journal Groundwater Monitoring and Remediation (GWMR) on pages 43-52 in Volume 39, Issue 2 on March 5, 2018. Chase's coauthors were Yuanming Guo, Hong Luo, Paul Dahlen, and Paul C. Johnson. Chase has over eight years of experience in environmental research and consulting, with expertise and…
Todd McAlary, Ph.D., P.Eng., P.G., Paul Nicholson (Ontario), Alicia Revezzo (Michigan), Wayne Amber, Ph.D., (Michigan), and Rob Ferree, CPG (Michigan) will be participating at the 9th Annual Environmental Risk Management Workshop on Hazardous Substances in Soil, Groundwater, and Vapors: The New Turning Point at the Ralph A. MacMullen (RAM) Conference Center in Roscommon, Michigan on June 11-12, 2019. The technical workshop is hosted by American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) Michigan Section and Geosyntec is…
Tapashree Tah (Indiana) and Andrea Siefers, P.E. (North Carolina) coauthored a paper entitled "AERMOD (American Meteorological Society/Environmental Protection Agency Regulatory Model) Modeling for Health Impact Assessment of Dimethyl Mercury" that was presented at the Guideline on Air Quality Models: Planning Ahead Conference from March 19-21, 2019. Their coauthors were Geosyntec staff members: Grant Walter (Georgia); Chris Saranko, Ph.D. (Georgia); and Kate Graf, P.E. (Pennsylvania). Tapashree is a Professional based in Indiana focused on air permitting,…
Shira Colsky, P.E., Jared Eubanks, P.E., Antonio Sanchez, P.E. (Georgia), and Jessie Fears (Tennessee) presented on water distribution and stormwater management at the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) Spring Conference & Expo at the Columbus Trade Center in Columbus, Georgia on April 23-24, 2019. Shira is a Process and Remedial Design Engineer based in Georgia with experience in the fields of environmental, civil, and chemical engineering. Her focus areas include project management, modeling water…
Michael Kavanaugh, Ph.D., P.E., BCEE (California) presented "The Legacy Site Cleanup Challenge: Getting to Closure" as the G.V. Loganathan Distinguished Lecture Series at Virginia Tech's Quillen Family Auditorium in Blacksburg, Virginia on May 3, 2019. Mike is a Senior Principal Environmental Engineer based in California with more than 35 years of consulting experience focused on the areas of water quality, water treatment, and groundwater remediation. He has served a highly diverse group of private and…
Roneet Das and Patricia Varela, Ph.D. (Texas) presented their paper entitled "The Effect of Bayesian Updating in Hazard Assessment of Submarine Slides" at the Offshore Technology Conference 2019 (OTC-2019) in Houston, Texas on May 6 - 9, 2019. Patricia serves as the Chair and Roneet serves as the Secretary of the Young Professional sub-committee of the Society of Underwater Technology, which was the invited professional organization for OTC-2019. Roneet is a Senior Staff Professional based…
Heather Rectanus (Maryland) coauthored a paper entitled "Use of Omic Tools to Assess Methyl Tert-Butyl Ether (MTBE) Degradation in Groundwater" that was published in the Journal of Hazardous Materials on May 6, 2019. Her coauthors were Katarzyna H. Kucharzyk, Craig M. Bartling, Steve Rosansky, Angela Minard-Smith, Larry A. Mullins, and Kenda Neil. Heather is a Senior Engineer based in Maryland with more than 12 years of experience focused on contaminated site assessment and cleanup, and…
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