April 12, 2017

National Civil Engineering Society Inducts New Class of Certified Geo-Professionals


Reston, Va.—The American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Academy of Geo-Professionals has announced the induction of the newest class of recipients of the Diplomate in Geotechnical Engineering (D.GE) certification. The group of engineers has completed a lengthy certification process that includes graduate coursework, professional experience and an oral defense of the application. The certifications were presented at a ceremony at the Geotechnical Frontiers Conference in Orlando, Florida on March 12, 2017.


The Academy of Geo-Professionals was founded in October 2008 by the members of ASCE’s Geo-Institute with the goal of providing advanced certification to geotechnical engineers. The first certifications were awarded in March 2009, and the number of engineers who have earned the D.GE is now more than 350.


            The March 2017 inductees:


John T. Bryant, PE, D.GE, M.ASCE – Bryant Consulting, Inc.

Patrick E. Cargill, PE, D.GE, M.ASCE – Conetec, Inc.

Srikanth Dinakaran, PE, D.GE, M.ASCE – Kleinfelder, Inc.

J. Michael Duncan, PE, D.GE, NAE, Dist.M.ASCE – Virginia Tech.

John W. France, PE, D.GE, D.WRE, M.ASCE – AECOM

Sheryl D. Gallagher, PE, D.GE, M.ASCE – Geotechnology, Inc.

Michael J. Galli, PE, D.GE, M.ASCE – ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC   

Mark W. Glynn, PE, D.GE, M.ASCE – Glynn Geotech Engineering

*Jose N. Gomez, PE, D.GE. F.ASCE - ECS Florida, LLC

Beth Ann Gross, PhD, PE, D.GE, F.ASCE – Geosyntec Consultants

Karl A. Higgins, PE, D.GE, M.ASCE – ECS Mid-Atlantic

William C. Kwasny, PE, D.GE, M.ASCE – CRL Associates, LLC

Suzanne Lacasse, D.Eng, PE, D.GE, F.ASCE – Norwegian Geotechnical Institute

Ronaldo Luna, PhD, PE, D.GE, F.ASCE – Saint Louis University

*Gordon Matheson, PhD, PE, D.GE, M.ASCE - Schnabel Engineering, Inc.

Robert W. McMichael, PE, GE, D.GE, M.ASCE – Madsen Kneppers & Associates

James K. Mitchell, Sc.D, PE, D.GE, NAE, Dist.M.ASCE – Virginia Tech.

Kwabena Ofori-Awuah, PE, D.GE, M.ASCE – KCI Technologies, Inc.

Matthew D. Riegel, PE, D.GE, M.ASCE – HNTB Corporation

*Dhirendra S. Saxena, PE, D.GE, FNAFE, F.ASCE – Biller Reinhart Engr. Group

Jerry D. Shepherd, PE, D.GE, M.ASCE – Arias Geoprofessionals

Robert F. Stevens, PE, D.GE, F.ASCE – Fugro-McClelland Marine Geosciences

Chia K. Tan, Ph.D., PE, D.GE, F.ASCE – GEI Consultants, Inc.

Robert Trazo, PE, GE, D.GE, M.ASCE – Southern California Geotechnical, Inc.

Jennifer Trimble, PE, D.GE, M.ASCE - Rummel, Klepper & Kahl, LLP

Xavier Vera-Grunauer, D.GE, A.M.ASCE - Geoestudios

William H. Walton, PE, SE, D.GE, F.ASCE – GEI Consultants, Inc.

*Garfield L. Wray, PE, D.GE, M.ASCE - NV5, Inc.


*Diplomate prior to 2016 (but participated in ceremony)


For more information about the D.GE certification or the Academy of Geo-Professionals, please visit www.geoprofessionals.org.


Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents more than 144,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. For more information, visit www.asce.org.