Elham Shirazi, Ph.D. (California) and Chase Holton, Ph.D., P.E. (Colorado) coauthored a paper entitled "Comparison of Modeled and Measured Indoor Air Trichloroethene (TCE) Concentrations at a Vapor Intrusion Site: Influence of Wind, Temperature, and Building Characteristics" that was recently published in the Royal Society of Chemistry's Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts journal. Elham and Chase's coauthors were the University of Kentucky's Kelly G Pennell, Ph.D., Gregory S. Hawk, and Arnold Stromberg, Ph.D. Elham Shirazi is…
Marc Rogoff, Ph.D. (Florida) coauthored an article entitled "First of Two Parts: The Florida Waste-To-Energy (WTE) Project That Was Almost Never Built: Lessons learned from the project implementation team for the Hillsborough Resource Recovery Facility" that was published in Waste Advantage Magazine in the March 2020 edition. Marc's coauthor was Warren N. Smith, Hillsborough County's Solid Waste Director at the time the project took place. Marc is a Senior Consultant based in Florida with more…
Jason Conder will co-present "Ecological Risk Assessment of PFASs to Threatened and Endangered Species at AFFF Sites" as part of a webinar series put on by the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP). The webinar will take place at 12:00 p.m. (US and Canada) on April 9, 2020. Jason's co-presenter will be Dr. Marisol Sepulveda of Purdue University. Jason is a Principal Scientist based in California…
In this unprecedented time of stay-at-home orders and social distancing, it can be challenging to access information and stay abreast of key technical advances in our industry. While many of us will miss the one-on-one interactions at conferences and other technical gatherings, fight cabin fever by registering for one or more of the PFAS webinars below. This is one way Geosyntec would like to stay in touch with valued colleagues in the environmental community as…
The emerging conditions driven by the COVID-19 pandemic have affected all facets of the global economy, and no industry appears immune. Even if it goes without saying, I want to assure you Geosyntec remains open to continue to serve our clients.  We are prepared with well-established remote work capabilities and best practices that enable continued efficient operations for those employees working away from offices, and we are reachable through all normal channels. Additionally, we have…
Geosyntec is expanding services to new and existing clients from our office at 215 South State Street, Suite 500 in Salt Lake City, UT 84111. The new office will focus on providing a broad range of engineering and environmental consulting services to the chemical, oil & gas, power, mining, manufacturing, public, among other sectors. The office is led by Brent Robinson, P.E. (Utah and Wyoming). Brent is a Senior Principal Engineer with 27 years of…
Geosyntec staff presented on Floodplain and Stormwater Management at the Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management (IAFSM)'s 2020 Annual Conference in Tinley Park, Illinois on March 11-12, 2020. Rishab Mahajan, P.E., CFM, Emily Campbell, P.E., CFM, CPESC and Matt Bardol, P.E., CFM, CPESC, D.WRE (Illinois) presented "HEC-RAS 2D: The Right Tool for the Job?" and Gunilla Goulding, P.E. (Illinois) co-presented "MWRD's Stormwater Master Planning Program in the Combined Sewer Area - An Update" with…
Geosyntec congratulates Kwasi Badu-Tweneboah, Ph.D., P.E. (Florida) on achieving one of the highest designations in the Geo-Profession, Diplomate of Geotechnical Engineering (D.GE), during the meeting of the Academy of Geo-Professionals (AGP) in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The D.GE is a certification of recognition beyond licensure recognized by clients, employers, peers, and the public. It is a career milestone demonstrating mastery of specialties within the broad field of geotechnical engineering and commitment to stay up to date on…
Berend Jan Velderman, P. Geo (Ontario) has joined Geosyntec Consultants as a Senior Consultant. He has more than 25 years of hydrogeology experience as a subject matter expert in environmental due diligence, geochemistry, hydrogeology, water supply, sediment management, and site remediation. He led project delivery around the world in these discipline areas for industrial clients. He has also led numerous site assessment and remedial implementation projects for clients in Canada, including developers, landowners, financial institutions,…
Geosyntec Consultants ranked 10th in Atlanta Business Chronicle's "Atlanta's 25 Largest Engineering Firms." This rank is based on the gross engineering billings of Geosyntec's Atlanta offices. Atlanta Business Chronicle publishes the latest breaking business news, updated throughout the day. Its parent company is American City Business Journals (ACBJ), a multi-platform media company providing in-depth coverage of local business communities and breaking news. Through print, digital products, and face-to-face events, ACBJ offers business leaders many avenues…
Scott Drew, LSRP, LSE (New Jersey) has been elected as President of the New Jersey Licensed Site Remediation Professionals Association (LSRPA). Scott Drew is a Senior Principal Environmental Scientist based in New Jersey with more than 40 years of experience focused on the fields of environmental technology, site remediation, and environmental chemistry. His practice focuses on the in situ remediation of organic compounds, including chlorinated solvents, explosives, and MTBE. His recent work in fractured rock…
Jason Paul, P.G. (California) was named San Joaquin Chapter Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA)'s Associates Board Chairman. Jason Paul was nominated by WSPA staff with support of Associate Board members. He has been an Associates Board member since 2012, and a WSPA member on and off since the 1990s. He has participated in various events including Legislative Day, spoke at hearings in the Central Valley and the Central Coast. Jason has also organized and coordinated…
Rishab Mahajan, P.E., CFM (Illinois) coauthored a manual entitled Stormwater, Watershed, and Receiving Water Quality Modeling published by the Water Environment Federation (WEF) on March 9, 2020. Rishab is a Project Engineer with 11 years of experience in hydrodynamic, sediment transport and water quality modeling with a focus on regulatory permits and requirements, stormwater management, surface water system assessments, total maximum daily load development and implementation, and nutrient criteria limit development. He has ample experience…
Geosyntec Staff contributed to the writing of the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) guidance document entitled "Optimizing Injection Strategies and In Situ Remediation Performance" that was made available to the public in February 2020. Elizabeth Rhine (South Carolina) and Suzanne O'Hara (Ontario) are coauthors of the document and trainers for the Internet Based Training on use of the document. There will be training sessions offered on May 21, 2020 and August 27, 2020. In…
Geosyntec practitioners will present at the Association for Environmental Health and Sciences (AEHS) Foundations' 30th Annual International Conference on Soil, Water, Energy, and Air on March 16-19, 2020. The conference will be held at the DoubleTree Mission Valley in San Diego, California. Geosyntec professionals will be presenting five presentations, two workshops, and chairing one session at this event. Also, Sam Williams, P.G., CHG (California) served on the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). The AEHS Foundation attributes…
Chase Holton, Ph.D., P.E. (Colorado) coauthored a paper entitled "Release of Volatile Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances from Aqueous Film-Forming Foam" that was published in the Environmental Science & Technology Letters on February 20, 2020. His coauthors were Julia Roth, Ibrahim Abusallout, Tiffany Hill, Utsav Thapa, and David Hanigan. Chase Holton is a Senior Engineer based in Colorado focused on vapor intrusion, site characterization, and soil and groundwater remediation. Chase also worked to identify and address…
Mustafa Saadi, Ph.D., P.E. (Georgia) presented case studies related to geosynthetics testing that Geosyntec has dealt with in the past few years at the D35 Geosynthetics Committee's bi-annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia on February 5-7, 2020. As part of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D35 committee's continued efforts to solicit feedback from end users of the standards, and develop new standards and methods to meet the end users' needs. Geosyntec was invited…
Geosyntec will once again be a Platinum Sponsor of the Emerging Contaminants Summit to be held from March 10-11, 2020 at the Westin Westminster in Westminster, Colorado. Geosyntec developed the technical program for the conference and organized the student program and competition. Visit http://www.contaminantssummit.com/ to register and enter discount code GEO2025 to take advantage of the 25% discount The Emerging Contaminants Summit addresses mitigating the presence of emerging contaminants across all environmental media including surface…
Leon Cortes (Illinois) coauthored a paper entitled "Stiffness and Strength Anisotropy of Overconsolidated Bootlegger Cove Clays" that was published in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal on January 7, 2020. Leon's coauthors were David G. Zapata-Medina (Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Sede Medellín), Richard J. Finno (Northwestern University), and Luis G. Arboleda-Monsalve (University of Central Florida). Leon is a staff engineer based in Illinois with experience in reviewing geotechnical data, performing geotechnical analyses, writing technical reports, and preparing…
Robert Anderson, LHG, CWRE (Washington), Christian Nilsen, P.E. (Washington), and Myles Gray (Oregon) will be presenting at the Managing Stormwater in Washington at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center in Tacoma, Washington on March 11, 2020. Additionally, Rich Wildman, Ph.D. (Oregon) will be moderating a session in Track B entitled "Industrial." Bob Anderson is a Senior Principal Hydrogeologist with more than 30 years of experience focused on water resources development and management for clients in the…
Lance Fontenot, Ph.D. (Louisiana) will present "Nutritional Intervention: Antioxidants for Optimum Health and Modulation of the Toxicity of Environmental Pollutants," and Kaitlyn Rhonehouse, P.E. (North Carolina) and Mark Johnson (Maryland) will present "Navigating the Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessment Process" at the Louisiana Environmental Conference and Trade Fair at the Cajundome Convention Center in Lafayette, Louisiana on March 19, 2020. Lance is a Principal Toxicologist based in Louisiana with more than 20…
Todd DeJournett, Ph.D., P.E. (Minnesota) will fill in for Dr. Paige Novak, the Joseph T. and Rose S. Ling Chair in Environmental Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Todd DeJournett will be providing a guest lecture to Dr. Novak's Remediation Technologies class on March 3. Todd will be teaching aspiring environmental engineers about the remedial technology selection process and will be showcasing Geosyntec's application of cutting-edge in-situ electrokinetic (EK) remediation technology to solve challenging remediation…
Geosyntec Consultants and Water Environment Association of Texas (WEAT) will be hosting the 2020 Edition of the Oil Refinery and Petrochemical Wastewater Treatment Training Course at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Houston Hobby Airport in Houston, Texas on April 28-30, 2020. This year's training course blends a condensed summary of the fundamentals with more advanced content to increase students' knowledge. Course Information What: 36 Hours of classroom instruction by world renowned expert professors and practitioners…
Spencer Varnado (Louisiana) will teach a section entitled "Identifying Wetlands" at the Louisiana Wetlands and Compliance seminar in Kenner, Louisiana at 8:30 a.m. on March 13, 2020. Spencer is a Senior Scientist based in Louisiana with more than 10 years of experience focused on natural resources, environmental sciences, environmental permitting & compliance, wetland restoration and enhancement, environmental assessments, biological assessments, NEPA compliance, and agency coordination. Attendees will learn about wetlands identification, review federal and Louisiana…
Jason Conder, Ph.D. (California), Jennifer Arblaster (Vermont), and Kristin Bridges, Ph.D. (Alaska) will be presenting a free workshop sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) hosted in conjunction with the 2020 Emerging Contaminants Summit in Westminster, Colorado on March 9, 2020. This three-hour workshop, entitled "Assessing the Ecological Risks of Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) at Aqueous Film Forming Foam Sites," will be led by Dr. Jason Conder, Ms.…
John Merrill (California) coauthored a paper entitled "Assessing the Effectiveness of Point-of-Use Residential Drinking Water Filters for Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs)" that was published in the Environmental Science & Technology Letters on February 5, 2020. John's coauthors were Nicholas J. Herkert, Cara Peters, David Bollinger, Sharon Zhang, Kate Hoffman, P. Lee Ferguson, Detlef R. U. Knappe, Heather M. Stapleton. John is a Staff Engineer based in California focused on environmental site assessment and remediation, litigation support,…
Chao Zhou, P.E. (California) and Bryan VanDuinen, P.E. (Michigan) will present at the 25th Triennial Borchardt Conference – Symposium on Advancements in Water and Wastewater at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan on February 25 - 26, 2020. Chao will present "Bench testing of metabolic biofiltration of 1,4-dioxane in drinking water." Bryan will moderate the early afternoon session (1:00 - 2:30 p.m.) on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. Chao is an Engineer based in…
Lelio Mejia, Ph.D., P.E., G.E. (California) has been elected to the Civil Engineering Section of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for the evaluation, design, and construction of embankment dams and foundation systems, and contributions to geotechnical earthquake engineering. Election to National Academy of Engineering membership is one of the highest professional honors accorded an engineer. Members have distinguished themselves in business and academic management, in technical positions, as university faculty, and as leaders in…
Ryan Joslyn and Melissa Setz will present at the Global Waste Management Symposium (GWMS) at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, California on February 23-26, 2020. Jeremy Morris, Ph.D., P.E. (Maryland) and Nicholas Yafrate, Ph.D., P.E. (Massachusetts) will both be moderating sessions. Other Geosyntec professionals that will be in attendance are James Stout, BCES (Texas), Amy Padovani, P.E., and Justin Lottig (Oregon) . Ryan is a Staff Engineer based in…
Evan Cox, M.Sc. (Ontario) and Fabrizio Mascioni, R.G. (Arizona) will present at the MineXChange 2020 Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) Annual Conference & Expo in Phoenix, Arizona on February 23-26, 2020. Other Geosyntec professionals that will be attending are: Helen Thomas, Emmy Gustafson, and Richard Walther (Colorado); Paul Dockweiler and Jason Fritch (Nevada); Kirk Craig and Matthew Williams (Arizona); Trevor Carlson (Saskatchewan); Dustin Jensen (Washington) and Michael Houlihan (Maryland). Be sure to stop…
Chase Holton, Ph.D., P.E. (Colorado) will present "Factors Affecting CERCLA Sites: From Site Listing to the Five-Year Review" at DRI's Toxic Torts and Environmental Law at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix, Arizona on February 20, 2020. In addition to Geosyntec sponsoring the event, Amanda Hughes, Ph.D. (Illinois) served on the DRI steering committee. Other Geosyntec Professionals that will be in attendance are Nandra Weeks, P.E. (Florida), Sam Williams, P.G., CHG, Rich Kraft,…
Panos Andonyadis, P.E. (Illinois) will present "The Port Lands Flood Protection and Enabling Infrastructure Project (PLFP)" at the Canadian Geotechnical Society-Southern Ontario Section (CGS-SOS) Deep Foundation Workshop at the Pearson Convention Center in Brampton, Ontario from 10:45- 11:30 a.m. on February 13, 2020. Panos is a Senior Engineer based in Illinois focused on earth retaining systems, marine bulkhead design, site redevelopment, ground improvement, micropile foundation design, slope stability design, CCR landfill design, CQA/CQC, and site…
Multiple Geosyntec practitioners will contribute to the Southern Gas Association (SGA) Environmental Technical Conference on Environmental Permitting & Construction in Savannah, Georgia on February 11-13, 2020. This conference focuses on how the natural gas industry is meeting the challenges of complying with environmental regulations, reaching enterprise-wide sustainability goals, and reaching energy management targets. Geosyntec has supported SGA for several years as a member company and as a Gold sponsor for the past two years. The…