Christopher to present Koerner lecture series on ‘lessons learned’

December 14, 2018

Barry R. Christopher, Ph.D., P.E., will present the first in the 2019 Dr. Robert M. Koerner Award and Lecture Series on “Lessons Learned: An Adventure in 4 Decades of Geosynthetics Engineering” on Feb. 13, 2019, at the Geosynthetics Conference 2019 in Houston, Texas. The presentation will review his involvement in the development of geosynthetics engineering …

IECA Region One welcomes new executive director

November 5, 2018

The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Region One board of directors and staff welcomes Samantha Roe, IOM, as the new executive director of the association. “We’re excited to announce Samantha as the new executive director to take our association in a new direction,” stated Tom Schneider, CPESC, IECA president. “IECA is looking to expand our …

Solmax-GSE appoints McCourt new global head of sales

September 26, 2018

Solmax-GSE has selected Peter McCourt as a new member of the executive team and the company’s global head of sales. McCourt has been with GSE since 2010 and has held several senior leadership positions. Prior to the acquisition of GSE by Solmax, he was based in Bangkok, Thailand, as the regional president of the Asia …

AASHTO directors choose Tymon as executive director

September 24, 2018

The board of directors of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) selected James J. Tymon as the sixth executive director of AASHTO during the association’s annual board of directors meeting in Atlanta, Ga., Sep. 24. Tymon, who is AASHTO’s chief operating officer and director of policy and management, joined the association in …

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GSI awards 2018–19 fellowships

August 7, 2018

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI), with the guidance of the GSI board of advisors, has awarded GSI fellowships for the 2018–19 academic year. The program recognizes and supports outstanding students worldwide studying geosynthetics. The GSI fellowship program includes candidates pursuing master’s degrees or doctoral degrees. The amount awarded to each fellowship recipient is $5,000. The fourteen …

AASHTO committee on construction appoints new chair, vice chair

July 30, 2018

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) appointed Dallas Hammit and Amy Tootle as the chair and vice chair, respectively, for the group’s committee on construction, which ensures that AASHTO’s guide to specifications for construction is kept up-to-date with the latest best practices gathered from its state department of transportation members. Hammit …

Western Excelsior and Gripple form supply partnership

July 25, 2018

Western Excelsior Corp. and Gripple Inc. have signed an exclusive supply partnership agreement for the United States and Canada. Gripple provides products in the erosion control market, including high-performance anchoring systems. Western Excelsior and its subsidiary North American Green manufacture erosion control products, including short-term erosion control blankets and permanent high-performance turf reinforcement mats. The …

ARTBA leader Ruane to retire

June 20, 2018

Pete Ruane, president and CEO of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), announced he will be retiring from the organization in October 2018 after 30 years of service, ARTBA said in a June 19, 2018, prepared statement. He is the longest tenured head of the 116-year-old organization. After Ruane’s departure, ARTBA executive vice …

AASHTO’s executive director to retire

May 28, 2018

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) announced May 24, 2018, that Executive Director Frederick G. “Bud” Wright will retire at the end of 2018. “AASHTO is a wonderful place to work,” Wright said in a prepared statement from AASHTO. “In my experience—and that experience working in transportation now spans more than …

AASHTO announces passing of Kane

May 21, 2018

On May 18, 2018, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) announced the death of Dr. Anthony R. “Tony” Kane, the former director of engineering and technical services of AASHTO. Kane died last week after battling a long illness. He was 72. Kane served in his role at AASHTO from 2001 to …