Academy of Geo-Professionals Inducts New Class of Board Certified Geo-Professionals

April 22, 2013
Seventeen of the thirty eight civil engineers that were inducted as Diplomates in Geotechnical Engineering (D.GE) by ASCE’s Academy of Geo-Professionals
Thirty eight civil engineers were inducted as Diplomates in Geotechnical Engineering (D.GE) by ASCE’s Academy of Geo-Professionals at the 2013 Geo-Institute Congress in San Diego, California, on March 4. Among the Diplomates in attendance at the Congress, from left to right, were Manoochehr Zoghi; Gregory R. Reuter; Frank Rausche; Kancheepuram Gunalan; Rodrigo Salgado; Joseph A. Waxse; Edward Nowatzki; Elizabeth M. Smith; John D. Nelson; Ray Martin; Henry Landau; Siamak Jafroudi; Richard Woods; Luther H. Boudra; Stephan M. Gale; Elizabeth M. Dwyre; and Woodward L. Vogt. Mark Skalny

ASCE’s Academy of Geo-Professionals inducted 38 recipients of the Diplomate in Geotechnical Engineering (D.GE) certification at a ceremony at the 2013 Geo-Institute Congress in San Diego, California, on March 4.

“I congratulate this class on their accomplishment,” says ASCE Past-President, Blaine D. Leonard, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE. “Just as we are reassured by certificates on the wall at a doctor’s office, this credential provides our clients with confirmation of our background, focus, and competence in this specialized field.”

A Diplomate is a board certified professional, and the credential is considered one of the highest designations in the geotechnical profession, with fewer than 250 engineers achieving the D.GE status. To earn their D.GE, each member of the new class had to have at least 8 years of experience after earning a P.E. license, earn a master’s degree or equivalent, and demonstrate advanced knowledge in at least 1 area in geotechnical engineering, and pass a board examination (or demonstrate sufficient eminence in the field to qualify for a waiver of the exam requirement).

“I am proud to have attained my D.GE.” added Leonard, “and will encourage my qualified colleagues to seek the certification.”

The Academy of Geo-Professionals was founded in October 2008 by the members of ASCE’s Geo-Institute with the goal of providing advanced certification to geotechnical engineers. The first certifications were awarded in March 2009.

“Certification enhances the value of our careers by demonstrating a commitment to the elevated standards and improved practice,” says Arlan Rippe, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, past-president of the Academy of Geo-Professionals. “It also reassures the public of the competence of geo-professionals.”

The 2013 Diplomate inductees include:

Sadik J. Al-Musawe, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, SAM Engineering & Testing, LP
Christopher Bosy, P.E., D.GE, M.ASCE, Weaver Boos Consultants
Luther H. Boudra, P.E., D.GE, M.ASCE, AMEC
Joseph Francis Callanan, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, Geotechnology, Inc.
James G. Collin, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, The Collin Group, Ltd.
Steven D. Dapp, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, M.ASCE, Dan Brown and Associates, PC
Elizabeth M. Dwyre, P.E., D.GE, M.ASCE, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc.
Emad Farouz, P.E., D.GE, M.ASCE, CH2M Hill
S. Michael Feroz, P.E., D.GE, D.WRE, F.ASCE, Gilbane Building Company
Carsten H. Floess, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, AECOM
Raymond J. Franz, P.E., D.GE, M.ASCE, Hayward Baker Inc.
Stephan M. Gale, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, Gale-Tec Engineering, Inc.
Aaron Goldberg, P.E., D.GE, M.ASCE, S&ME, Inc.
Kancheepuram Gunalan, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, AECOM
Tom Gurtowski, P.E., D.GE, M.ASCE, Shannon and Wilson, Inc.
Fransiscus Hardianto, P.E., D.GE, M.ASCE, The Reinforced Earth Company
Siamak Jafroudi, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, Petra Geotechnical, Inc.
Pedro Jimenez-Quinones, Ph.D., D.GE, F.ASCE, University of Puerto Rico
Wayne Karem, Ph.D., P.E., PG, D.GE, M.ASCE, Vector Engineers, Inc.
Van E. Komurka, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, Wagner Komurka Geotech. Group, Inc.
Henry Landau, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, Geosphere Engineering LLC
Francis Leathers, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, GEI Consultants, Inc.
Guoming Lin, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, Terracon Consultants, Inc.
Ray Martin, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, Ray Martin, LLC
Chin Man W. Mok, Ph.D., P.E., GE, D.GE, D.WRE, M.ASCE, AMEC
Dakshana Murthy, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, M.ASCE, RORE, Inc.
John D. Nelson, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, Engineering Analytics, Inc.
Edward Nowatzki, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, NCS Consultants
Frank Rausche, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, M.ASCE, Pile Dynamics, Inc.
Gregory R. Reuter, P.E., PG, D.GE, M.ASCE, American Engineering Testing, Inc.
Paul Sabatini, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, M.ASCE, Geosyntec Consultants
Rodrigo Salgado, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, Purdue University
Elizabeth M. Smith, P.E., GE, D.GE, M.ASCE, Terracon Consultants, Inc.
William R. Sullivan, P.E., D.GE, M.ASCE, Golder Associates, Inc.
Woodward L. Vogt, P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, Paradigm Consultants, Inc.
Andrew Walker, P.E., D.GE, M.ASCE, Golder Associates, Inc.
Joseph A. Waxse, P.E., D.GE, M.ASCE, Terracon Consultants, Inc.
Richard Woods, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, University of Michigan

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