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
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.
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 http://bit.ly/2vIssLa.