IGS Council Election: Term 2022 to 2026

Meet the Candidates

The IGS, in accordance with its bylaws, will hold elections in 2022. IGS Members will have the opportunity to elect eight Council Members, a President and Vice President. Each of the elected members will serve a four-year term, beginning in September 2022.

Read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about this year’s elections.

Click on the bios below to learn more about these extraordinary individuals. 

Voting will take place between 18 April and 18 June 2022. Voting instructions will be sent via email to each eligible Individual IGS Member and each designated representative from the IGS Corporate Membership. Please make sure you have submitted an accurate email contact to the IGS, which you can update by logging into the IGS website.

Candidates are listed in alphabetical order by first name.

Presidential Nominee

Sam R. Allen

(USA)

Bio

Mr. Sam R. Allen is honored to be nominated by Dr. Jorge Zornberg, former IGs President, to be the next President of the IGS.

Mr. Allen is the Director of the TRI Environmental Group (TRI), a globally active, independent geosynthetic laboratory and research services provider. His work over the past 35 years has involved significant interaction with public and private entities around the world giving him a strong understanding of the needs in world regions for geosynthetics, infrastructure, and sustainability.

Mr. Allen volunteers time to numerous industry-growing organizations. He has served as the Executive Chair of ASTM Committee D35 on Geosynthetics and currently serves as the group’s Membership Secretary. He is the current WG 5 Convenor on Geosynthetic Durability on ISO Technical Committee 221 on Geosynthetics. And, he has served on the Board of Advisors for the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) for 20+ years.

Importantly, Mr. Allen has been inspired by and dedicated himself to the IGS. He has been elected to the IGS Council (2006, 2010, co-opted 2014, elected 2018), chaired the Education Committee (2008 – 2010), co-chaired the Pan-American Activities Committee (2010), helped launch the Educate the Educators (EtE) program (Argentina – 2013, United States – 2015), and chaired the Communications Committee (2014 – present).

He has also led or contributed substantially to major communications endeavors, such as the Two for a Few series, expanding the IGS’s digital and social media presence, helping manage the rebuild of the IGS Digital Library and IGS website, and working on the Did You Know sustainability campaign.

Mr. Allen strongly believes that the IGS sits at the precipice of a new time of critically important messaging to permanently establish our materials and applications as absolutely necessary to sustainable development and environmental protection, while differentiating them from harmful single use and polluting plastics. Success will require education, awareness and trust from the users of our materials. These are all missions that Mr. Allen brings to his work with the IGS. He combines his scientific background with his passion for growing geosynthetics in engineering around the world.

Without question, Mr. Allen is ready to assume the very important leadership position of the IGS Presidency.

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Vice-Presidential Nominees

Edoardo Zannoni

(South Africa)

Bio

Mr Edoardo Zannoni is a Registered Professional Engineer and Chartered Engineer working for Knight Piesold Southern Africa (KPSA) as Section Manager: Geotechnical. KPSA is a worldwide consulting engineering firm with more than 100 years’ presence in Africa, providing engineering services to the public and private sectors. He has worked in the geosynthetic industry for more than ten years in technical roles, business management and project management, working in many African countries including South Africa, Ghana, Egypt, Mozambique and Tanzania.

Mr Zannoni served as President of the South African IGS Chapter (GIGSA) from 2014 to 2018. He is the current Chair of the South Africa Bureau of Standards (SABS) Committee in Geosynthetics TC 81E and member of ISO TC 221: Geosynthetics representing South Africa. He is also on the technical review panel for the South African Institute of Civil Engineers (SAICE) and regularly helps to deliver geotechnical modules in universities across South Africa. He was recognised with the IGS Young Member Service Award in 2014.

Mr Zannoni’s dedication to IGS globally began over ten years ago as a Council member,  and Chair of the African Regional Committee, becoming part of the team that successfully delivered GeoAfrica 2013 in Ghana. He has taken part in numerous IGS ambassadors’ programmes in Mozambique, Morocco and Egypt, leading to the establishment of two new IGS Chapters. Mr Zannoni is the current IGS Secretary General and has contributed to initiatives such as the appointment of the Executive Director and new guidelines for the International Conference on Geosynthetics. As Chair of the Council’s Recognitions Task Force, he has driven the introduction of new IGS “named lectures”, which will further raise the international profile of IGS members’ contributions.

Mr Zannoni’s vision is for geosynthetics to become a pivotal technology in infrastructure- related industry as their resiliency compared to natural materials delivers more reliable environmental protection through sustainable solutions. The IGS can become the flywheel and the apex of this increasingly complex industry, consolidating many years of technological advancement and providing a solid framework rooted in technical know-how. As Vice President, Mr Zannoni would strive to ensure that geosynthetics are adopted worldwide; referenced by end-users, governments and engineering practitioners, all recognising the sustainability benefits they bring.

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Jie Han

(USA)

Bio

Dr. Jie Han is the Glenn L. Parker Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Kansas in the USA (https://ceae.ku.edu/jie-han-home). 

He received his Ph.D. degree from Georgia Tech in 1997.  Dr. Han worked as an engineer and technology manager at one leading geosynthetic manufacturer from 1997 to 2001.  So far, he has graduated 21 Ph.D. and 21 MS students, mostly on geosynthetics. Dr. Han has conducted extensive research on geosynthetics sponsored by federal agencies and the geosynthetic industry for improvement of roads, walls, slopes, and embankments.  Dr. Han has published nearly 450 journal and conference papers – at least half of them focused on geosynthetics including design methods adopted in reference manuals and widely used by the geosynthetic industry worldwide.  Dr. Han has been teaching a graduate geosynthetics course since 2003 and taught the IGS Educate-The-Educator courses and several short/training courses on geosynthetics around the world.  He has given more than 250 keynote/invited lectures in 21 countries, mostly on geosynthetics, including the 18th IGS UK Invitation Lecture and the 2021-2023 Robert M. Koerner Award Lecture.  He was the technical co-chair for the 2011 ASCE G-I/IFAI geosynthetics-focused conference and the conference chair for Geosynthetics 2021 and 2023. 

Dr. Han served as an elected IGS council member from 2018 to 2022 and led two task forces to develop the IGS Digital Library and the IGS University Lecture Series. Currently, Dr. Han is a Governor and the Treasurer of the ASCE G-I Board of Governors and the chair of the TRB Transportation Earthworks Committee. He has served as an specialty chief editor, associate editor, or handling editor for five international journals including Geotextiles and Geomembranes and as an editorial board member for several other international journals including Geosynthetics International.  Dr. Han has received numerous awards from the profession including the 2014 IGS Award, the 2017 ASCE Martin S. Kapp Award, and several best paper awards including those from Geotextiles and Geomembranes in 2019 and Geosynthetics International in 2020. 

His interest in serving as Vice President for IGS is to promote education, research, and practice of geosynthetics for broader and more sustainable applications worldwide.    

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IGS Council Nominees

Amir Shahkolahi

(Australia)

Bio

Amir Shahkolahi has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and fellow member of Engineers Australia. As a designer, project manager and researcher, he has been involved in geosynthetic industry over the last 20 years. He is the National Technical Manager at Global Synthetics.

Amir is currently the chair of the Australian Geomechanics Society (AGS)-QLD Chapter, board member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)-Australian Section, member of the ASTM Technical Committee D35-Geosynthetics, Industry Board member of the Australian Pavement Research Hub, Board member of ARC Training Centre for Advanced Technologies in rail Track Infrastructure (ITTC- Rail), and member of the Standards Australia Technical Committee CE/032-Reinforced fill structures working group. He is also the committee member (secretary) of  the International Geosynthetic Society Technical Committees for Barriers (TC-B), board member of the QLD Landfill Working Group, board member of the Waste Management and Resource Recovery of Australia in QLD, member of the International Geosynthetic Society Technical Committees for reinforcement (TC-R) and Stabilisation (TC-S), university guest lecturer on geosynthetics, and the industry supervisor and advisor for several geosynthetic and geotechnical research projects in Australia and overseas.


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Chiwan Wayne Hsieh

(Taiwan)

Bio

Dr. Chiwan Wayne Hsieh is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering of National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST), Taiwan. He obtained a Ph.D. from Penn State University, USA in 1991. From 1989-1992 he worked for Gannett Fleming Inc., Pennsylvania, USA. He has served as council member for Chinese Taipei Chapter, IGS for over twenty years. Chiwan Hsieh is a Fellow of ASCE and CICHE, Council Member of the IGS (2014-2022), IGS Asian Committee Chair (2018-2022), and member of several international technical societies. He is the director of GSI-Taiwan as a member of Geosynthetic Institute (USA) since 1999, and an elected International Board member of GSI (2009 & 2011).

Professor Hsieh’s primary research interests are engineering behaviour, assessment, and applications of Geosynthetics and construction materials and products, (co)authoring over 200 publications. A regular keynote speaker at conferences and symposia, he organized annual GSI-Taiwan (2006-2009) conferences and the 1st GSI-Asia (2010) conference. Currently, he is President of the Chinese Taipei Chapter, IGS and chairs the organizing committee for the 7th. Asian Regional Conference (GeoAsia7), to be held in Taiwan.  He wishes to play a more active role in the IGS and promote the use of Geosynthetics internationally.

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Dimiter Alexiew

(Germany)

Bio

Dr. Dimiter Alexiew

I have been active in geotechnics and geosynthetics for about 35 years: both a profession and a passion.

I earned my Dipl.-Ing. TU in Civil Engineering in 1978 in Sofia. Then I worked at the Geotechnical Department of the Bulgarian Engineering Institute and as assistant professor for geotechnics, and at the Bavarian Geotechnical Institute. I got my Doctor in Geotechnics in 1990.

For 25 years, I was Head of Engineering and Technical Director of Huesker Synthetic. In 2018, I founded my own Consultancy for Geosynthetics & Geotechnics.

My activities over the years: design and consultancy of a wide range of projects worldwide, some of them pioneering; design procedures, novel geosynthetics and testing devices; several inventions; co-authoring of codes, standards and books; about 240 peer-reviewed publications; more than 100 lectures.

I am member of several Societies, Technical Committees and Standard Organizations. In 2018, I had the honor to be elected as IGS Council member for 2018 to 2022. My focal points among others were the new IGS Spec Guide, the Education Committee and the TC Reinforcement.

I would like to continue contributing to the global growth of geosynthetic technologies using my enthusiasm, knowledge, experience, contacts, engineering and communication skills for the benefit of all IGS members.


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Eric Blond

(Canada)

Bio

Eric Blond

I solicit the support of IGS members to serve on the IGS Council. I am already contributing to IGS initiatives in two capacities: as the chairman of the Technical Committee on Hydraulics, and as the liaison to ICID. I have previously served on the council between 2010 and 2016.

On the regional level, I am Secretary of IGS-NA, on the Organizing Committee of the IGS-NA Conference in 2024, and on the IGS-NA bidding team for hosting the 13th International Conference on Geosynthetics in Montreal in 2026.

In addition to my IGS commitments, I also support the development of the Geosynthetics Industry through International Standardization. I am currently chairman of ASTM D35.10 on geomembranes, and chairman of the Canadian Mirror Committee of ISO TC221.

I am working as an independent expert based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I am supporting public agencies, designers and manufacturers with design, quality, long-term performance and durability of geosynthetics as well as polymeric materials used in buildings.

My most significant previous experience was to manage SAGEOS, a Geosynthetics Testing and Research Laboratory based near Montreal. Further details on myself, and a list of my publications can be found at www.ericblond.com or https://www.linkedin.com/in/geosynthetics-canada/.

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Erol Tutumluer

(USA)

Bio

Dr. Erol Tutumluer is Abel Bliss Professor of Engineering specializing in Transportation Geotechnics at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He has been active in geosynthetics engineering research, education, and practice for over 20 years. He has research interests and expertise in characterization of pavement and railroad track geomaterials, i.e., subgrade soils and base/ballast unbound aggregates, soil/aggregate stabilization and geosynthetics.

Dr. Tutumluer has served as an investigator on over 100 research projects and graduated 22 PhD and 45 MS students, and authored/co-authored over 350 peer reviewed publications from his research projects. Dr. Tutumluer currently serves as a co-opted Council Member and Publication Committee Chair of the International Geosynthetics Society. Dr. Tutumluer is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Transportation Geotechnics journal and the Chair of the ISSMGE Technical Committee 202 on Transportation Geotechnics. Dr. Tutumluer serves as the Chair of Transportation Research Board’s (TRB’s) AKG00 Geological and Geotechnical Engineering Section and has been an active member/friend of TRB’s AKG80 Geosynthetics Committee since 2003. Among the prestigious awards Dr. Tutumluer has received for his research achievements are ASCE’s James Laurie Prize and Carl L. Monismith Lecture Award and TRB’s Fred Burggraf Award for Excellence in Transportation Research (UIUC faculty website: https://cee.illinois.edu/directory/profile/tutumlue).

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Fatma Baligh

(Egypt)

Bio

Professor Fatma Baligh has been involved in geotechnical research, consultancy and teaching for over 40 years.

She earned her BSc. and MSc. degrees in Civil Engineering from Cairo University and obtained her Ph.D. degree in Geotechnical Engineering in 1984 from Southampton University (U.K).

Since 1984, Prof. Baligh has been a faculty member of the Department of Civil Engineering at Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt.

Her research interests have notably included pile foundations and ground improvement. She supervised many M.Sc. and Ph.D. thesis in the field. 

 

Prof. Baligh was the Vice-President of ISSMGE for Africa for the period 2013-2017. She acted as the Chairperson of both The 4th International Young Geotechnical Engineer’s Conference (4iYGEC’09), Alexandria and The 3rd African Young Geotechnical Engineers Conference, Cairo (AyGEC’12). Due to her previous experience, she is an advisory committee member of GeoAfrica’23, Cairo.

 

Currently, she is the President of the IGS Chapter in Egypt and an invited board member of IGS. She is active in the IGS Education Committee where she translated the engineering terminology into Arabic and revised the translation of the Arabic version of the eBook. She is a member of IGS African Regional Activities Committee, the Young Members Committee, the Corporate and Communications Committees.

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Francisco Pizzaro

(Chile)

Bio

Francisco Pizarro is a Civil Engineer from Universidad de los Andes (Chile) with a master’s degree (MSc) in finance from ESE Business School (Chile). Most of Mr. Pizarro´s career has involved leading roles for world class geosynthetic manufacturers where he was been responsible for introduction, prescription, and commercialization of erosion control, reinforcement, and drainage products.

Mr. Pizarro is serving his second term as President of the IGS Chilean Chapter since March 2019 and was re-elected for 2021-2023. During his tenure, Mr. Pizarro and the Board have been encouraging the understanding and appropriate use of geosynthetics in Chile and the rest of Latin America with a series of short courses, workshops, and events, such as, Educate the Educators. Mr. Pizarro is also supporting creation of new IGS chapters in Bolivia and Guatemala with bylaws and company recruitment. Mr. Pizarro is also leading a series of conferences in several Civil Engineer Schools in Latin America to promote the use of geosynthetics in infrastructure projects.

Mr. Pizarro’s goals if elected include: 1) creation of new chapters globally with emphasis in Latin American countries; 2) create a database of geosynthetic regulators to start Educate the Regulators globally; and 3) formalize joint ventures with Geotechnical Societies.


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G L Sivakumar Babu

(India)

Bio

G L Sivakumar Babu completed Ph.D. (Geotechnical Engineering) in 1991 from  Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, after Masters Degree  (SMFE)  in  1987 from  Anna University, Madras and  B.Tech. (Civil Engineering) in 1983 from SV University, Tirupati.

He worked as Humboldt Fellow in Germany during June 1999- July 2000 and as  Visiting Scholar, Purdue University, Lafayette, USA  during 2/95 – 2/96. He served as the President of Indian Geotechnical Society during 2017-2020, and is the Chairman of International Technical Committee (TC-302) on Forensic Geotechnical Engineering (FGE) of International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE). He is a Fellow of ASCE and also served as Governor, ASCE, Region 10 during 2014-2020. He is serving as Editorial Board Member of Geosynthetics International Journal besides many other journals.

He guided 23 (18 PhDs and 5 MS) research degrees and guiding 8 students for PhD. He wrote a book on soil reinforcement and geosynthetics, edited eight books and proceedings and has several publications (International and national Journals -185, International and national conf. more than 170 Total over 350). He received several awards such as John Booker award from IACMAG, Humboldt fellowship from Germany, DST Boyscast Fellowship, and a few awards for the best papers from Indian Geotechnical Society and American Society of Civil Engineers.

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Huabei Liu

(China)

Bio

Dr. Huabei Liu is a professor of engineering at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) with 23 years of experiences in geosynthetics. Prior to joining HUST, he was granted tenure as an associate professor at the City University of New York in Dec. 2013. Dr. Liu started his research on geosynthetic applications when he was a Ph.D. student at Columbia University. His research is focused on the long-term and dynamic responses of GRS structures, which has been materialized as more than 70 refereed journal papers, and has promoted the applications of GRS structures in earthquake-active areas and advanced the use of locally-available fill materials for GRS applications.

Dr. Liu has been an active member of IGS since 2009. Currently he is the Secretary for the Chinese Chapter, a member of the IGS Digital Library Task Force, an executive board member of China Technological Association on Geosynthetics, and a member of ISSMGE TC 218 “Reinforced fill materials”. He also serves on the editorial boards of Canadian Geotechnical Journal, Computers and Geotechnics, and Transportation Infrastructure Geotechnology.

Dr. Liu is looking forward to better serving the community. He is particularly interested in educating the young generations on geosynthetics, and promoting GRS applications in extreme environments.

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Jacques Côté

(Canada)

Bio

Jacques Côté, Executive Chairman of the Board Solmax.

In 1978, as a young engineer, I started my career in the geotextile industry. My entrepreneurial spirit and my
passion motivated me to found Matériaux Techniques Côté in 1981; a company specializing in the distribution and installation of geosynthetic products. Over the years, this company evolved from a distributor, to an installer
and finally to what is called today Solmax (https://www.solmax.com/en/search?s=Jacques%20Cote), the
world’s leading geosynthetics solutions provider with a footprint spanning the 5 continents.

For over 40 years, I have had the privilege of traveling the world and meeting great people interested in the
proper use of geosynthetic. I want to apply for a second term to the position of IGS Council member with a goal
to create a bridge between all stakeholders involved in our industry to align interests and promote the application
of geosynthetic as a means of sustainable development to build a better world. My ultimate goal is to contribute
to a better future for our industry and all members of its community.

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John McCartney

(USA)

Bio

John S. McCartney is a Professor in Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering whose research interests include geosynthetics engineering, unsaturated soil mechanics, and energy geotechnics. He received the ASCE Huber Award in 2016, the ASCE Casagrande Award in 2013, the ASCE J. James R. Croes medal in 2012, the 2019 R.M. Quigley award from CGS in 2020, the NSF CAREER Award in 2011, and the IGS and Young IGS Awards in 2018 and 2008, respectively.

He is the Past-President of the North American Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS-NA) and the chair of the ASCE GeoInstitute Committee on Unsaturated Soils. With IGS-NA, he is part of the team organizing the GeoAmericas 2024 conference in Toronto.

He is an editor of ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering (JGGE), an editor of Computers and Geotechnics, an associate editor of Canadian Geotechnical Journal and serves on the editorial boards of Geosynthetics International,  ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal (GTJ), Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment, and the Taiwanese Journal of GeoEngineering. He received BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2002 and a Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007.


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Kasia Zamara

(UK)

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Dr Katarzyna (Kasia) Zamara is a geotechnical engineer with experience working for international consultancies and contractors in Poland, UK and NZ. For the last three years, Kasia has worked on the manufacturing side of the geosynthetic industry. This sees her connecting with professionals and academics across Europe, Asia, Australasia, South Africa and North America.

Kasia has been an active member of IGS since 2009, organising IGS UK chapter seminars and later, after moving to NZ, organised the first IGS seminars in NZ in 2017 with support from the Australian Chapter of IGS. Currently, Kasia works and lives in the UK where she became a co-opted IGS Council Member in 2020. Whilst in the IGS Council, Kasia has been actively involved in numerous tasks of the Sustainability and Communication Committees. In addition, Kasia supports the organising committee of the EuroGeo 7 Conference in Warsaw.

Her international experience has made her realise how limited the knowledge on geosynthetics is in the construction industry, and that capabilities of geosynthetics are often misunderstood or design methods misinterpreted. She has observed the gradual introduction of geosynthetic education at various courses and lectures, however, she believes further education is required to give geosynthetic products more appeal as a primary construction method. 


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Maria das Graças A. Gardoni

(Brazil)

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Dr. Maria das Graças A. Gardoni, is a Professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She earned her undergraduate degree from the Federal University of Ouro Preto, MG (Brazil), her Master’s degree from the University of Brasilia, Brasilia (Brazil), and her PhD from the University of Brasilia with 1 year of research at École Polythenique de Montréal, Montréal (Canada).

She has 30 years of experience in applied and laboratory research in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering and geosynthetics. She has conducted research mainly on filtration and drainage, durability, waterproofing, and geotextile confinement systems in mining, dams, and paving works.  Prof. Gardoni has acted as an expert in tailings dam accidents in Brazil, and in waterproofing systems for dam reservoirs. She teaches geosynthetics in geotechnical and geoenvironmental applications in Civil and Environmental Engineering undergraduate and graduate courses, and has supervised several MSc and PhD research projects.

She is a member of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS), the IGS Education Committee and was awarded by IGS in 2004. She is vice president of IGS Brazil since 2018 being also the coordinator of Educate the Educators. In 2019 she received the Inconfidência Commendation, a medal awarded by the state government of Minas Gerais.


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Mikio Kubo

(Japan)

Bio

Mikio Kubo is honored to become a candidate for IGS council member with strong support of Japan Chapter of IGS. He will be the first practitioner representing Japan. He will contribute to the IGS effectively as a practitioner with vast experience of natural disasters and a wide knowledge of geosynthetics solutions relevant to such circumstances.

Kubo started his career at Teijin focusing on the development of polyester fibers for base clothes of industrial usages and flame retardant aramid fibers. He spent 18 years at Teijin and then left to form his company, Eternal Preserve, in 1996.

Eternal Preserve partnered with Linear Composites (UK) to introduce a high strength geogrid for embankments on soft ground constructed by Japan Highway Public Corporation. The design and construction methods were widely accepted and have become a preferred solution in the highway construction.

Since 2010 he has been responsible for organizing General Incorporated Association “Study group for deformation control by geosynthetics”.

As an IGS council member he would dedicate his time spreading awareness of the positive environmental impacts of the use of geosynthetics in infrastructures and their maintenance, whilst liaising efficiently between the IGS headquarter and chapters to maximize their relationships.

CV (http://www.etp21.co.jp/cv_mikiokubo.pdf

 

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Nicola Moraci

(Italy)

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Prof. Eng. Nicola Moraci is a full Professor of Geotechnical Engineering and Vice Rector for Research at the Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria where he was Head of the Department of Civil, Energy, Environmental and Materials Engineering; Member of the Academic Senate and Board of Administrators; Coordinator of the Research Doctorate in Geotechnical Engineering (Tutor of 20 PhD theses) and he is currently the President of the Italian Geotechnical Society (AGI).

His research activity has developed along multiple themes including slope stability, landslide risk mitigation, use of geosynthetics in defence of territory and environmental protection works, landfills and remediation of contaminated sites, soil reinforcement with geosynthetics, protective filters, sustainable geotechnical works. The research activity has led to the editing of more than 220 papers mostly published in important journals and conferences. He received awards for research activities (IGS Award 2008, G&G Best Paper 2017). He is currently Associate Editor of G&G, and Member of the Editorial Board of GI and other important journals.

He has been scientific director of numerous research projects, and invited lecturer at various Conferences, as well as a member of Scientific and Organization Committees of several Conferences. He has been a member of numerous TC for IGS, ISSMGE, CEN and AGI.


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Patricia Guerra-Escobar

(UK)

Bio

Patricia Guerra-Escobar

Having worked in the field of geotechnics for over 20 years, I am passionate about the role that geosynthetics play in civil engineering to deliver innovative, sustainable, and cost-effective solutions.

I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to work in several countries, starting my career in Colombia, before moving to France, and then Costa Rica, where I worked for eight years travelling extensively across Central American countries developing and expanding the use of geosynthetics in the region. 

In 2010, I moved to the UK and started to work with Geosynthetics Ltd. where I am currently the manager of the Engineering department. In addition, I am the current Chair of the IGS UK Chapter and member of the TC221 of ISSMGE. A focus of mine, throughout my career, has been supporting designers and contractors to use geosynthetics solutions and also educating the next generation of engineers, through mentoring and presenting at universities.

If selected I will use all my technical experience and passion, as well as my ability to work in Spanish, French and English, to advocate for wider use of geosynthetics across the industry to deliver the undoubted sustainability and technical benefits they bring to engineering projects.

Online profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/maria-patricia-guerra-escobar-28b0217b/

 

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Preston Kendall

(Australia)

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Preston Kendall

I am standing for the post of IGS Council Member for the 2022 – 2026 term. With a background in Civil Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and Physics from The University of the South, I have been active in the Geosynthetics industry for the last 10 years holding technical positions with major manufacturers. In these roles I have provided technical support to design engineers, developed new testing and installation methods for various materials and developed software tools to support the appropriate use of geosynthetics.

I am a licenced Professional Engineer in the state of Texas and a Registered Professional Engineer Queensland (RPEQ). 

Since becoming an IGS member in 2013, I have held various committee roles and responsibilities including Secretary for TC-F, Co-Chair for the Young Members Committee, Communications Committee IGS News editor and active membership in the Sustainability Committee.

As a council member, I am particularly interested in creating more avenues to spread the collective knowledge of the IGS members to future practitioners (i.e. students) as well as active practitioners including engineers, installers, and manufacturers. I believe geosynthetics compete in a marketplace of engineering solutions and the rapid growth of geosynthetics is evidence of their utility, value and sustainability.


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Siamak Paulson

(Australia)

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Siamak Paulson is a Principal Geotechnical Engineer with over 20 years professional experience in civil and geotechnical engineering research and practice in the fields of waste management, mine tailings, water management, urban development and transport infrastructure in the Middle East, Asia and Australia.

Siamak has served on the Australasian Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (ACigs) since 2019 and is currently the President of ACigs.  He has presented in several national and international conferences and is currently the Chairman of the 1st Geosynthetics Conference in Australia and New Zealand (GEOANZ#1). 

Siamak is a Chartered Professional Engineer and has managed multidisciplinary design and construction quality assurance projects on a variety of civil engineering fields including Landfill and waste management projects design and construction supervision, surveillance and inspections; Tailings storage facility planning, design, construction supervision, technical specification, operation management, embankment lifting, closure and rehabilitation; Water storage earth dams and associated structures design, analysis, documentation and dam safety reviews and certifications; Road and transport infrastructure and Urban development ground investigations and slope stability.

Siamak’s technical leadership and project management skills extends to planning, design, schedule, conduct and coordinate civil/geotechnical works from concept design through to construction.  


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Taesik Kim

(Korea)

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Taesik KIM is an associate professor in Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Hongik University, Seoul, Korea. In 2011, he received his Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from Northwestern University, USA. 

He worked as a senior researcher at the Korea Railroad Research Institute and has been working at Hongik University since 2013. Before receiving his Ph.D., he worked as a consultant in geotechnical engineering practice. 

As a practitioner, he has various design experiences including soft ground treatment using Geosynthetic materials and MSE retaining walls. 

He has published over 50 research papers. 

He has served as the board member of Korean Geosynthetic Society and the planning committee and paper review committee of 11th ICG in 2018.


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