Geosynthetics pioneer Robert M. Koerner and wife pass away

December 3, 2019

Robert M. Koerner and his wife Pauline W. Koerner have passed away. The Koerner family has released information on their passing to GSI Members. The notice to the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) says, “It is with regret and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Robert M. and Pauline W. Koerner. As you know Bob was …

Glen Raven announces new chief marketing officer

August 13, 2019

Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, makers of Sunbrella®, announced the hiring of Steve Pawl as its first chief marketing officer. Pawl has a track record of developing growth strategies and strengthening brands for global companies including Husqvarna Group, Fruit of the Loom, Newell Brands and Pfizer. He will direct the global brand strategy, positioning and activation …

Dickson sworn in as FAA administrator

August 12, 2019

Stephen M. Dickson was sworn in Aug. 12, 2019, by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao as the 18th Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). An aviation industry professional with nearly 40 years of experience, Dickson is widely respected and assumes the role of administrator of the agency during a critical moment for aviation …

Schapker tapped as ARTBA vice president of legislative affairs

August 5, 2019

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) announced the hiring of Lauren Schapker as vice president of legislative affairs, a newly created position. She brings to the association nearly 15 years of experience on infrastructure policy issues.  As one of ARTBA’s primary advocates on Capitol Hill, Schapker will work with legislators and their staffs …

Walker to head new MN Office of Research & Innovation

July 26, 2019

Katie Walker, formerly of Hennepin County, has been named director of the new Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Office of Research & Innovation (formerly the Research Services & Library section), a role in which Walker will lean on her experience leading organizational change at Hennepin County, Minn. During her 20-year tenure with Hennepin County, Walker held …

ASTM honors Von Maubeuge and Allen

June 14, 2019

During the biannual meeting of ASTM International in Denver, Colo., June 5–7, the society awarded the Award of Merit to NAUE’s Kent von Maubeuge and the L. David Suits Award to Sam Allen of TRI Environmental. The Award of Merit was established in 1949 by the ASTM International Board of Directors and is the highest …

Dr. Richard Brachman to present the inaugural Zornberg Lecture

May 31, 2019

The Zornberg Lecture Selection Task Force, comprised of the presidents of IGS Argentina, IGS Brazil, IGS Mexico, IGS North America and the Chair of the IGS Pan-American Activities Committee, has appointed Dr. Richard Brachman, from Queen’s University, Canada, as the first Zornberg lecturer. The Zornberg Lecture was established in recognition of Dr. Jorge Zornberg’s major …

Solmax appoints Eric Blond as global technical services director

May 30, 2019

Solmax announced the appointment of Eric Blond to serve as its global technical services director, effective June 3. Blond holds nearly 25 years of experience in geosynthetic testing, research and knowledge of civil engineering and polymeric construction materials. “I am delighted to welcome Eric to our senior leadership team as we continue to fulfill Solmax’s …

ESI welcomes Bunch as project manager

April 12, 2019

Environmental Specialties International (ESI), the largest contracted installer of geosynthetic lining materials in the United States, welcomed Ryan Bunch to its team as project manager. Before joining ESI, Bunch worked at Southern Company for 14 years. During the past 10 years, he worked in the company’s engineering and construction services department managing contracts and the …

FGI presents engineering innovation award to York

The Fabricated Geomembrane Institute (FGI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign presented two Fabricated Geomembrane Engineering Innovation Awards during its biennial membership meeting in Houston, Texas on Feb. 12, 2019, during the 2019 Geosynthetics Conference. The first, the 2019 Engineering Innovation Award for Specifying Fabricated Geomembranes, was presented to J. C. York, P.E., of …