September 2014


Mary Ellen Bruce is the Technical Activities Manager for the Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) responsible for assisting technical aspects of committee work, research, publications, seminars, journal, magazine and strategic planning.  She holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland and a M.S. degree in Geotechnical Engineering from Cornell University.  She has over 20 years of experience in geotechnical and environmental engineering consulting.  She worked for major consulting engineering firms before founding geotechnica, s.a., Inc. in 1998, a certified woman-owned geotechnical engineering consultancy.  She has authored/co-authored technical papers on micropiles, deep mixing, and ground anchors, and she was involved in preparing a FHWA state-of-practice report and NHI teaching course on micropiles.  She was the FHWA’s Principal Investigator for the recently published design manual on deep mixing for embankment and foundation support.  She is a Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, New York and Michigan, a member of ASCE, Engineers without Borders, Chi Epsilon, ADSC, DFI, and TRB’s AFS30 Committee.  She serves as the Technical Lead for the International Society for Micropiles (ISM), established in 2006, a vehicle for networking micropile specialists globally, disseminating technical information and organizing international micropile workshops.