Gary R. Marcus Jr., P.E., F.ASCE, a vice president and head of the Geotechnical Engineering Department at AKRF Inc., in New York City, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Marcus’ 20 years of progressive geotechnical engineering experience includes time in the private sector at some well-known NYC-based consulting firms. His early years were spent behind drilling or excavation equipment – watching, observing, and logging information from countless borings, test pits, and cone penetrometer tests. His responsibilities gradually increased; while sometimes still performing subsurface explorations, he also started working on many of the engineering analyses related to foundation design and construction (allowable bearing pressures, sheetpile bulkhead design, retaining wall design, slope stability analyses, driven and drilled pile analyses, etc.). The projects he worked on were in both the public and private arenas, some located as far north as Boston, as far south as Richmond, and as far west as St. Louis.
He also has almost eight years’ experience working as a geotechnical engineer in the Infrastructure Division of the NYC Department of Design and Construction (NYCDDC), and his efforts there included reviewing foundation and construction plans for many infrastructure projects. Overall, he’s had a responsible hand in the reconstruction of numerous miles of NYC roadways, the installation and replacement of miles of sewers, and the restoration, reconstruction, or total replacement of dozens of retaining walls and waterfront bulkheads throughout New York’s five boroughs.
His entrepreneurial spirit got the best of him in 2010 while working at NYCDDC; Marcus started his own consulting company (Marcus Engineering, PLLC), which provided geotechnical engineering consulting services to architects and engineers exclusively on Long Island. While many of the projects he worked on were for small additions at local school districts, one of his more significant projects during this time was the geotechnical design for the new Life Sciences Building on the Ammerman Campus of Suffolk County Community College, in Selden, NY.
Marcus obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, in New York City; in later years, he was invited back to the Cooper Union twice as an adjunct professor to teach courses on advanced lateral earth pressure design, and has had a recurring spot as a guest speaker during one of Cooper Union’s undergraduate classes on what civil (geotechnical) engineering is all about outside of the classroom.
He is a licensed professional engineer registered in the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania, and lives on Long Island, NY, with his wife and daughter. He hopes that his daughter’s fascination with Legos will grow with her into a possible career in engineering.