Walter Burke, P.E., F.ASCE, vice president and deputy practice leader, geotechnics, for Mott MacDonald, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Burke has over 40 years of geotechnical engineering experience. In his current position, he is responsible for promoting the firm’s geotechnical services, performing geotechnical peer review, and mentoring staff. Prior to Mott MacDonald, he was vice president at a regional multidisciplinary consulting firm in New Jersey and New York, where he managed the firm’s geotechnical department for 17 years. There, his duties included quality control, management and technical oversight of field and office staff, engineering analysis, design recommendations, report and proposal preparation, and business development.
He has a diverse geotechnical and geo-environmental background. In addition to numerous projects throughout the Pacific Northwest and the Mid-Atlantic states, his experience broadens to cold regions projects throughout Alaska and projects located in arid and semi-arid regions. His project experience includes shallow and deep foundations for heavily loaded structures, slope stability, landfill design, and closure and redevelopment, as well as geotechnical aspects associated with electrical power transmission lines and substations.
Burke’s unique experience consists of the innovative use of geosynthetic components for landfill design prior to current standardization of the geosynthetics industry, and major ground improvement designs to mitigate settlement of landfill materials and compressible soils and to improve loose sands subject to liquefaction.
He has authored and/or presented technical articles, case studies, and publications to numerous professional organizations – the USEPA Landfill Methane Outreach Program, Federation of New York Solid Waste Associations, 21st International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management, Brownfields 2006, the Deep Foundations Institute, and others. He was a co-author and presenter at the Lorman Educational Services workshop on geotechnical services.
Outside of his professional career, Burke’s service activities include Habitat for Humanity and being presenter for Science/Technology/Engineering/Math (STEM) nights at a local regional high school.