The latest IGS North America (IGS-NA) general assembly took place on Feb. 22 during the 2021 Geosynthetics Virtual Conference.
The society’s new president, John Allen, accepted the gavel that was passed from Dr. John S. McCartney, president, 2019–21.
The new board and industry liaisons were announced and started their activities on the same date. The board is as follows:
President, John Allen, Owens Corning
President-elect, Ben Leshchinsky, Oregon State University
Treasurer, Kate Patterson, Klohn Crippen Berger
Vice President–Technical, John Lostumbo, TenCate Geosynthetics
Vice President–Communications, Lilma R Schimmel, HUESKER Inc.
Vice President–University Outreach, Kristin Sample-Lord, Villanova University
Secretary, Eric Blond, Eric Blond Consultant
Past-president, John S. McCartney, University of California, San Diego
Newly added organization representatives will help expand the reach of IGS-NA. The following are the liaisons supporting the board:
Evan Andrews, Liaison for Coal Ash Residuals
Fady B. Abdelaal, Liaison for the Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS)
Fred C. Chuck, Liaison for the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA)
George Koerner, Liaison for the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI)
Kent Von Maubeuge, Liaison for ASTM
Mike Henderson, Liaison for the Tailings Center
Sam Allen, Liaison for the IGS Council
Timothy Stark, Liaison for the Pan-Am Committee and the Fabricated
Geomembrane Institute (FGI)
Willie Liew, Liaison for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
The events being planned for the near future include three forum discussions: Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS), Recycled Products, and Geosynthetics Used in Coal Combustion Residual (CCR) Applications.
The organization is looking forward to 2021 and invites all to follow IGS-NA on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/igs-north-america/about) for event announcements and news of interest for the geosynthetics community.