Cornell University

Professor O'Rourke has been a member of the teaching and research staffs at Cornell University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

March 2015
Reed Engineering Group, LTD

BIO:  I was born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal.  I attended grade school in Kathmandu in the 60s and 70s.   I was home schooled up to third grade. I started attending school formally from the fourth grade.  The city was less complicated then which made the one hour walking commute to and from school reasonably safe and enjoyable.  In the early 80s, I attended college in India at the University of Roorkee (currently Indian Institute of Technology at Roorkee).  After graduating with a B. E.

December 2014
Peirce Engineering, Inc.

Before and after receiving his Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Geotechnical Engineering from Drexel University in 1973 and 1978, John J. Peirce worked 15 years in heavy/highway construction for The Conduit & Foundation Corporation and 11 years for design/build geotechnical specialty contractor, Schnabel Foundation Company, serving 8 years as Branch Manager of Schnabel’s Philadelphia office.

September 2013
Frank W Pita Consulting, LLC

For the last 5 years, Frank Pita has been a principal and senior project manager with Jacobs Associates in Seattle, Washington.

Richard D. Short and Associates
  • 45 years experience with over 4,000 projects as an engineering consultant.
  • Past President of the Deep Foundations Institute 2002-2004.
May 2015
Terracon Consultants, Inc.

Elizabeth M. Smith, PE, GE, D.GE (Liz) is a national transportation program manager and Senior Principal at Terracon Consultants. She graduated from Virginia Tech with Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering. She has significant expertise in geotechnical design for highway structures and has successfully managed several complex geotechnical design-build projects with geotechnical design fees over $7.5 million.

January 2019
Terracon Consultants, Inc.

Alfonso is a Principal with Terracon Consultants, Inc. and serves as the manager of Geotechnical and Materials Testing departments in Terracon’s Pharr office. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Universidad Rafael Urdaneta (URU ‐ Maracaibo, Venezuela) and a master’s degree from Texas A&M University (TAMU – College Station, TX) in Geotechnical Engineering.

March 2018
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Timothy (Tim) D. Stark is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), where he specializes in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering. He earned his Masters of Engineering Degree at the University of California at Berkeley (UCB) in 1984 under the supervision of J. Michael Duncan and his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in 1987 also under the supervision of J. Michael Duncan.

University of Colorado at Boulder

Stein Sture serves as Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Colorado at Boulder, which is a position that he has held since 2007, and between 2005-2006 as Interim VCR. 

September 2017
GEI Consultants

Chia Tan has more than 35 years of geotechnical and geostructural engineering experiences on hundreds of projects in many parts of the United States and in ten other countries worldwide, including China, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Saipan, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

September 2016
CTL/Thompson, Inc

Robert W, Thompson P.E., D.GE, F ASCE, Senior Consultant, CTL/Thompson Inc., Denver Colorado.  Graduate of Oklahoma State University, BSCE 1962, MSCE 1965.  Currently work only on special assignments for CTL/T and coach younger engineers regarding technical issues.  Practice primarily in partially saturated soils.  Many technical papers and presentations on expansive and collapsing soils.  Considerable effort in analysis and solution of slope problems and retained excavations.

January 2017

Steve is currently a principal with Terracon, manager of its New Jersey office, and responsible for overseeing the geotechnical quality program in its northeast division.  He has 34 years of geotechnical engineering consulting experience that has included most areas of geotechnical practice, with special focus in the areas of deep foundations, soft ground construction, slope stability, ground improvement and seismic evaluation.