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.

June 2022
Geostabilization International

Roch S. V. Player, PE, D.GE, PMP

Roch S. V. Player, PE, is Director of National Markets Group with GeoStabilization International, one the leading specialty Design‐Build Geohazard Mitigation Contractors. Mr. Player resides in Mount Vernon, Iowa. He received his BSCE with a Geology Minor and MSCE in Geotechnical Engineering with a Geology Emphasis from Iowa State University. Mr. Player is a licensed Professional Engineer in multiple states.

August 2020
Omsum Engineering LLC

Mr. Siddique was born in Bangladesh. He received his B. Sc. in Civil Engineering from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka Bangladesh in 1989, where he became a faculty member and served for three years. In January 1993 he moved to the USA for his higher education. He receives his M. Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, in 1995. He has been working in the civil engineering industry for 29 years. He has been working as a design Geotechnical Engineer in the USA since his graduation in 1995.

May 2020
Dan Brown and Associates, PC

Tim is CEO and a senior principal for Dan Brown and Associates PC (DBA). His projects primarily involve deep foundations, ground improvement, and earth retaining systems with an emphasis on large‐scale bridge projects. Tim is the co‐editor (with Dr. Anne Lemnitzer) of the DFI Journal and Chair of the DFI’s ground improvement committee. He also serves on technical committees for the Geo‐Institute and TRB. Prior to joining DBA in 2010, Tim was a technical principal with S&ME, Inc. and a senior engineer with Berkel and Company Contractors, Inc.

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. 

July 2019
GeoStabilization International

Tom Szynakiewicz is currently Vice President at Harrison Western, a mining services contractor. He has worked in the geotechnical design/build construction industry for over 16 years primarily in the Rocky Mountain, Appalachian and Gulf Coast regions. Tom earned B.S. & M.S. degrees from the Colorado School of Mines and is a licensed professional engineer in 18 states. His areas of expertise include Slope Stabilization, Rockfall Mitigation, Earth Retention, Landslide Stabilization, Ground Improvement, Deep Foundations and Foundation Repair.