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 Expert  731017

Expert in Soil Properties,Stormwater and Flooding, Waste Management, Landfilling, Groundwater, Coal Ash, fly Ash landfills, Hazardous Waste


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North Carolina (NC)
USA
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Summary of Expertise:

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Expert has a PhD and over 90 publications in the specialized areas. He has carried out expert consulting, research, and provided expert advisory services.
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clay liner

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dredge material disposal

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dredge material landfill cover

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field testing

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flexible membrane liner

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full-scale test

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groundwater

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groundwater remediation

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hazardous waste landfill

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hazardous waste landfilling

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hydraulics

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hydrogeology

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hydrology

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landfill

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landfill cover

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landfill gas

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landfill gas recovery

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landfill liner

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landfill trench

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landfill-leachate disposal equipment

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landfilling

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lining material

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methane

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mulch

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nonhazardous solid waste landfilling

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nonhazardous solid waste management

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sediment material landfill cover

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sludge landfilling

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sludge monofilling

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soil gas extraction

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soil mechanics

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soil remediation

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soil sampling

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soil testing

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solid waste

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testing

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waste-disposal facility

Expert has a PhD and over 10 publications in the specialized areas. He has carried out expert consulting, research, and provided expert advisory services.
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slope stability

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mine safety

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mine-tailings management

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mine

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environmental geology

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geotextile

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environmental site auditing

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geotechnical engineering

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geotechnical centrifuge modeling


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Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Charlotte, North Carolina;  Greensboro, North Carolina;  Winston Salem, North Carolina;  Fayetteville, North Carolina;  High Point, North Carolina;  Gastonia, North Carolina;  Concord, North Carolina;  Columbia, South Carolina;  and Greenville, South Carolina.

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1995   Ph.D.   Civil and Environmental Engineering   University of Wisconsin, Madison  
1992   MS   Civil & Environmental Engineering   University of Miami  
1988   BS   Civil & Environmental Engineering   University of Bombay   Magna Cum Laude

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2013 to 2014

 

University of North Carolina, Charlotte

 

Civil & Environmental Engineering

 

Professor

 

He is responsible for writing grants to fund research projects in the field of soil, waste, and water treatment and management. He is responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses related to soil mechanics, geotechnical engineering, hydrology, landfill design, groundwater management and treatment. He also responsible for testing of soil and waste in the lab and field. He carries out expert consulting for industrial, commercial and legal clients.

2002 to 2013

 

Michigan State University

 

Civil & Environmental Engineering

 

Associate Professor

 

He was responsible for writing grants to fund research projects in the field of soil, waste, and water treatment and management. He was responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate level and professional courses related to soil mechanics, geotechnical engineering, hydrology, landfill design, groundwater management and treatment. He carried out expert consulting for industrial, commercial and legal clients.

1999 to 2001

 

Tonkin & Taylor

 

Civil Engineering

 

Senior Geoenvironmental Engineer

 

He was responsible for project management and expert technical oversight for projects related to design of landfills, flood protection systems, and assessment and cleanup of contaminated soils and ground water. He wrote technical reports and technical papers and was involved in marketing the serviced provided by his employer.

1995 to 1999

 

Geosyntec Consultants

 

Waste and Remediation

 

Project Engineer

 

He was responsible for project management and expert technical oversight for projects related to design of landfills, and assessment and cleanup of contaminated soils and ground water. He wrote technical reports and technical papers. He also worked with the soil and geosynthetic testing laboratory to customize tests based on project needs.


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

ASCE ASEE NGWA

Licenses/Certifications

Registered Professional Engineer (Michigan) Registered Professional Engineer (Texas)

Professional Appointments

Co-Editor of Special Edition of Environmental Geotechnics

Awards/Recognition

Croes Medal (ASCE)

Exemplary Service Award (ASCE)

Alpha Award (Engineering Society of Detroit)

Lilly Fellowship (Michigan State University)

Severson Geotechnical Award (UW-Madison)


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

He is 3 U.S. Patents and he has published 100 technical papers and edited 3 books. Refer to my attached CV for detailed list of over 100 publications.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Journal of Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers  
 - Waste Management, Elsevier  
 - ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication No. 227  
 - Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy Journal, Springer-Verlag  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
2005 to   National Science Foundation   Principal Investogator   He is carrying out research related to flow through soils for projects where protection of groundwater is critical.
2012 to   Michigan Department of Transportation   Principal Investogator   He is responsible for carrying out tests on various types of soils that are used in the highway subgrade. He is also provide consulting services for predicting freeze/thaw of highway subgrades which impacts the spring loading restrictions due to the thaw.
1996 to 1999   NASA   Project Manager   He managed 5 projects that were located at the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Station (Florida) where soil, groundwater, and sediments were contaminated. He managed the sampling and testing of soils, sediments and water and worked with a subcontracted environmental testing lab. He put together technical reports that delineated the level of contamination and prepared a scope for cleaning up the sites to meet regulatory requirements.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He was hired by a legal firm to provide expert assessment of flooding that resulted due to the widening of a highway. He visited the site, engaged a sub contractor to carry out drilling at the site to collect soils samples and subcontracted a soil testing lab to measure the hydraulic properties of the soils to evaluate why the site repeatedly flooded. He carried out computer modeling to simulate the weather at the site and assess the flooding. He prepared an expert technical report to his client (the legal firm). The legal firm was able to use the report and settle the law suit.
  • He was hired by a legal firm to provide expert technical advice for clean up of soil contamination that had resulted due to the historic operations of dry cleaning. He visited the site and based on the soil types and depth of ground water, he recommended the appropriate cost-effective technology and the name of qualified contractors to carry out the clean up.
  • He was hired by a waste operator to provide expert advice on how to improve gas yield from his landfills. The gas is used to run a gas to energy plant. He visited the landfill site and evaluated the properties of the waste including water content, density, age, and type of placement and recommended a different design to extract the gas more efficiently.
  • He was hired by a civil engineering consulting company to design a gold mine leach pond. The gold mine created waste product which had to be drained in a pond and the leachate had to be treated. He carried out computer modeling of the drainage from the mine waste using a sophisticated state-of-the-art numerical model that simulates the hydraulic flow. The technical report he prepared helped the client secure a permit from the local regulatory agency.
  • He was hired by a waste operator to install hydrologic monitoring systems at a number of landfill sites. He installed weather stations and subsurface sensors that measure soil water contents, soil water potentials, soil temperatures and water pressures. He installed dataloggers to log the data and access the data remotely using telemetry.
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Expert witness for a flooding mitigation project due to highway widening in Indiana (2012)
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International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1988 to 1989   India   He carried out surveying and estimated quantities from engineering drawings for a Nuclear Power Plant Project.
1999 to 2001   New Zealand   He managed projects related to design and installation of stormwater management systems for commercial and industrial projects, design and permitting of waste disposal facilities, and assessment and cleanup of sites where soils and groundwater were contaminated due to wood treatment and waste disposal operations.
2008 to 2008   France   Carried out experiments of waste collected from French Landfills at University of Grenoble

Language Skills:
Foreign Language  
English  
Hindi  
Marathi  

Market Research:
He has extensive experience with the waste management industry and treatment technologies for treating leachate or effluents. He also have worked with the geosynthetic industry for the applications of products such as geotextiles, geonets, geogrids, and geomembranes.

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Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

Design and operation of engineered landfills Design of water balance covers for landfills Groundwater cleanup using electrochemical methods

Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

Sourced suppliers for sensors to measure soil water contents, soil temperatures, water levels, water pressures and weather parameters.

Other Skills and Services

Computer modeling of flow of water in soil and waste, installation of field monitoring systems using sensors.


 

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