In an email delivered Dec. 22, 2016, Boyd Ramsey announced a career change, departing from GSE and starting his consulting firm. His message:
My friends and colleagues,
I hope this finds you well, safe, happy, and preparing for and enjoying a great holiday season.
The end of the year will bring on several changes for me. The largest professional change is that I will be leaving GSE after a 20-year career as of the end of 2016.
I have opened a private, sole proprietorship consultancy. I have a great deal of experience in geotechnical engineering, geosynthetic materials, political lobbying, and general business sense and I would like to continue making a living this way.
As I have told many people in the past decades, having the opportunity to both make money and to protect the environment and clean up the various messes that human beings make on this planet is a precious and unusual combination. I plan to continue to work around the world, so I hope to be seeing some of you fairly soon.
My new contact information is listed below:
My best personal wishes and regards,
Phone: +1 28 17 97 61 83
Ramsey & Geosynthetics
Boyd Ramsey has made his mark in the geosynthetics realm for more than 20 years—chief engineer for GSE–North America based in Houston, Texas, and most recently as technical director for GSE–APAC (Asia Pacific) based in Suzhou, China.
Ramsey has served the geosynthetics industry in many ways:
- as a member of the Executive Councils for the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) and the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS).
- as chairman of GMA’s Executive Council, 2011–2014, leading GMA and industry members toward successful face-to-face meetings with Members of Congress and their staffs to educate and inform regarding geosynthetic materials.
- as a member of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Board of Directors (2012–2016).
- with IGS–North America, he helped to champion the “Educate the Educators” program with sessions in Austin, Texas (2015), and China (2016).
- Ramsey is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry (BSc); his tenure at GSE, 1996–2016.
- Ramsey has contributed numerous articles published in Geosynthetics magazine, including ongoing coverage of geosynthetics and coal ash; geosynthetics lining and containment; and sustainability with geosynthetics.
Ron Bygness is the senior editor at Geosynthetics magazine.