Since the founding of the Society the following individuals have served as president: Joseph Fluet ( 1987-1989), Robert Koerner (1989-1991), Robert Holtz (1991-1993), Jay Beech (1993-1995), Barry Christopher (1995-1997), Richard Bathurst (1997-1999, Did not serve a full term. See below.), John Paulson (1999-2001), Karen Henry (2001-2003), David Suits (2003-2005), Grace Hsuan (2005-2008), David Elton (2008-2011), Dean Sandri (2011-2013), Robert Mackey (2013-2015), John Henderson (2015-2017), Richard Brachman, (2017-2019) The current president serving from 2019-2021 is John McCartney.
Richard Bathurst’s term as president was shortened due to his election to president of the International Geosynthetics Society. John Paulson was acting president during what time remained of Richard’s presidency of IGS-NA.
In keeping with both its original and current mission statement, IGS-NA has been involved in the biennial North American geosynthetics conferences since its organization. The 6th International Geosynthetics Conference (ICG) was hosted by IGS-NA in 1998 in Atlanta, GA. North America also hosted the 2nd ICG in 1982 in Las Vegas, NV, prior to the formation of IGS-NA. IGS-NA has been awarded the sponsorship of the 2016 Pan American Geosynthetics Conference.Participation by students in the activities of IGS-NA has been supported in several ways. Free student membership is offered to all students with an interest in geosynthetics. IGS-NA has sponsored student paper competitions at each of the biennial conferences with the finalists receiving travel support to the conference and the winning paper receiving a cash award. The winning student also receives support for participation at an international conference following the biennial conference where the paper is first presented.
The purpose of the Awards of Excellence Program has been to stimulate research in the innovative use of geosynthetics. Awards up to $5000 have been given in the past. The most recent project was completed in 2007. The project report, “Use of Geosynthetics in the Mining and Mineral Processing Industry,” was prepared by Karin Renken, David Mchaina, and Ernest Yanful. Copies of the report are available through the IGS-NA office.
More recently IGS-NA has been working cooperatively with the Geosynthetics Materials Association (GMA) in a couple of new undertakings. One of these is the organizing of several regional short courses on geosynthetics in transportation. The other has been supporting GMA in its lobbying efforts with the US Congress. These lobbying efforts resulted in a Government Accounting Office Report, “Information on Materials and Practices for Improving Highway Pavement Performance.” The report highlights geosynthetics as one of these materials. The report is available here.
As the Learned Society for geosynthetics in North America, our Members are engineers, educators, manufacturers, contractors, regulators and researchers collectively dedicated to creating opportunities for sharing new knowledge and developing a better understanding of geosynthetics.
University of California San Diego
La Jolla, California
Freeport – McMoRan
Oregon State University
Terrafix Geosynthetics Inc.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Associate, Tailings and Water Resources Engineer
Ph: +1 604 251 8487
Jie Han, Ph.D., PE, F.ASCE
Glenn L. Parker Professor of Geotechnical Engineering
The University of Kansas
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering
2150 Learned Hall, 1530 W. 15th Street
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
Liaison Board Member for GeoInstitute