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Geotechnical and Hydraulic Engineering

Geotechnical and Hydraulic Engineering Team

We are pleased to offer our services and provide you with the latest in Geotechnical and Hydraulic Engineering information and technology.

Here you will find important information about FHWA Geotechnical and Hydraulics initiatives along with who to contact for training and assistance.

Listed below are the Resource Center Geotechnical and Hydraulics experts. Please email or call the specialist nearest you.

Team Members

Technical Director

Gregory Punske
Geotechnical and Hydraulic Engineering Technical Director

Geotechnical Team Members
Team Member Specialty Area(s)
Naser Abu-Hejleh, Ph.D., P.E.
Geotechnical Engineer Specialist
• LRFD Implementation
• Driven Piles
• Spread Footings
• Load Testing of Deep Foundation
Daniel Alzamora, P.E.
Geotechnical Engineer
• Column Supported Embankments
• Earth Retaining Structures
• Reinforced Soil Slopes
• Geosynthetics
• Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil - Integrated Bridge System (GRS-IBS)
Justice Maswoswe, Ph.D., P.E.
Senior Geotechnical Engineer
• Geotechnical Seismic Engineering
• Ground Improvement
• Drilled Shafts
• Instrumentation
• Slope Stability
Benjamin Rivers, P.E.
Geotechnical Engineer
• Earthwork and Embankments
• Trenchless Technology
• Subsurface Drainage
• Subsurface Investigations
• Geophysics
Hydraulic Engineering Team Members
Team Member Specialty Area(s)
Eric Brown, Ph.D.
Senior Hydraulic Engineer
Open Channel Hydraulics
River Stabilization
Restoration and Monitoring
Culvert Hydraulics
Highway Drainage Design

Veronica Ghelardi, P.E.
Senior Hydraulic Engineer
Open Channel/Bridge/Culvert Hydraulics
River Mechanics/Scour Analyses
Stream Stability/Countermeasure Design
Urban Drainage Design
Pump Station Design
Scott Hogan, P.E.
Senior Hydraulic Engineer
Open Channel Hydraulics
One- and Two-dimensional Hydraulic Modeling
Bridge Hydraulics and Scour
Sediment Transport Analysis
Stream Stability and Countermeasures
Culvert Design and Rehabilitation
Energy Dissipator Design
Laura Girard, P.E.
Hydraulic Engineer
Bridge and Culvert Hydraulics
Bridge Scour Assessment
Countermeasure Design
River Engineering Analyses
Cynthia Nurmi, P.E.
Senior Hydraulic Engineer
FEMA Floodplain development
Plans of Action
Urban Drainage

Page last modified on February 8, 2019
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