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IGS-NA, News | October 1, 2017 | By:

Since the Geotechnical Frontiers conference this past March in Orlando, Fla., the new board of directors at IGS North America (IGS-NA, or the North American Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society) has been working hard to provide its members, the geosynthetics community and the engineering community a greater awareness of what geosynthetic materials can provide economically while ensuring that proper design standards are met. To make this possible, the IGS-NA is offering the Educate the Educators (EtE) and the Educate the Students (EtS) programs to professors, who in turn would provide geosynthetics courses at universities and colleges to train students, providing a base knowledge of geosynthetics. IGS-NA also will sponsor the 2018 IGS Awards, honoring innovative uses of geosynthetics.

IGS-NA would like to thank the sponsors of these programs, including our new members.

Welcome to new members

Membership in IGS-NA is a valuable investment for anyone interested in engineering and the geosynthetics industry. Through conferences, educational sessions, case studies and other global platforms, IGS-NA keeps you informed on industry issues, offering you the experiences of professionals and educators around the world who gladly share their knowledge about geosynthetics.

IGS-NA offers corporate, individual and student memberships. The chapter welcomes the following recent individual and student members:

New individual members

Daniel Tix, Keystone Retaining Wall Systems LLC

Jeremy Whalen, Brock White Construction Materials

Bob Kerr, Contech Engineering Solutions

Jimmy Youngblood, GSE Environmental

Joe Friederichs, TenCate Geosynthetics Americas

Hakan Yasarer, University of Mississippi

James Wilkinson, Brock White Construction Materials

Bruce Lacina, TenCate Geosynthetics Americas

Steve Eckhart, GSE Environmental

Lilma Schimmel, HUESKER

Yan Yu, Queen’s University

Troy Shaw, Terrafix Environmental Technology

Mike Adams, Federal Highway Administration

Richard Sack, TenCate Geosynthetics Americas

Stephan Fourmont, Afitex Texel

Marc Breault, Paradox Access Solutions Inc.

Roy McClinton, HUESKER

New student members

Michael Didas, Syracuse University

Musaddaq Azeem, Technical University of Liberec

Jay Carmody, Syracuse University

Katie Duggan, Syracuse University

Davis Matthews, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Mohammed Morsy, Queen’s University

Bridgit Reeve, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Casey Paladino, Syracuse University

Michael Mondragon, Syracuse University

Ismaail Ghaaowd, University of California at San Diego

Educational initiatives

IGS-NA believes education is essential to achieve the appropriate and widespread use of geosynthetics as engineering materials. The society is dedicated to expanding the use of geosynthetics through education. To achieve this, IGS-NA is training future users of geosynthetics, training geosynthetic educators and promoting the inclusion of geosynthetics in engineering curricula through the programs Educate the Educators (EtE) and Educate the Students (EtS).

The 2017 EtE two-day program will be held at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, December 4–5.

The 2017–18 EtS program allows interested professors to teach future engineers about geosynthetics by guest lecturing at colleges and universities.

For more information or to register for either program, e-mail or visit

IGS Awards call for nominations

IGS-NA will award the IGS Awards in 2018 to individuals or groups who have made outstanding contributions through their scientific and technological achievements toward the development and use of geotextiles, geomembranes, related products or associated technologies. For example, an individual or group could be honored for design and construction of a structure, publication of a technical document (e.g., white paper, book, article or manual), completion of a research program or development of new products or techniques. The 2018 IGS Awards recognize achievements between Jan. 1, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2017. For more information, visit

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