In Memoriam: André Rollin, a Geosynthetics Pioneer

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By Chris Kelsey – The geosynthetics field has lost one of its earliest adopters and consistent champions, engineer André Rollin, M.Sc.A., Ph.D., FEIC, FCSME (1941 – 2017). André passed away on August 13 at the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Home after a lengthy battle with illness. André’s long and active career was characterized by a constant interest in growth—of the geosynthetics field, of... »

In Memoriam: Rafael Rocha

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The geosynthetics field has lost one of its champions in the Americas. On April 8, consulting engineer and educator Rafael Rocha passed away. Rocha was a constant fixture at geosynthetics events in North America and an avid supporter of technology transfer and the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS). For more than 20 years, he worked hard to improve the availability of training seminars thro... »

In Memoriam: Prof. Masami Fukuoka, IGS Japan Founder

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The global geotechnical engineering field has lost a champion and friend. Prof. Masami Fukuoka passed away on 27 January 2016. He was a founding member of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) and helped establish the IGS’s first chapter (Japanese Chapter of IGS). He was awarded Honorary Member status by the IGS in 1989, becoming the first member to achieve the honor. News of Prof. F... »

In Memoriam: Benedito de Souza Bueno

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Last month, one of Brazil’s geosynthetics pioneers passed away. Professor Benedito de Souza Bueno, who led the International Geosynthetics Society’s Brazilian Chapter (IGS Brasil) from 2003 to 2007, passed away on 1 August 2015 in São Paulo. Prof. Bueno contributed many papers to the international geotechnical engineering field, beginning in 1979, and was long a promoter of geosynthetic tech... »

In Memoriam: Dr. Joseph Scott Thornton, Jr.

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One of the behind-the-scenes luminaries of geosynthetics has passed. Dr. Joseph Scott Thornton, Jr. died peacefully at his home on 23 November 2014 in Austin, Texas at the age of 78. Scott, as he preferred simply to be known even in professional endeavors, is survived by sons Joseph Scott Thornton III, Christopher Pearson Thornton, and Chris’ wife Tiffany, as well as by two beloved grandchil... »

In Memoriam: Professor Michele Maugeri

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On 1 November 2014, after a long battle with illness, Professor Michele Maugeri passed away. Prof. Maugeri was a long-time member of the Italian Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS). Despite his declining health, Prof. Maugeri continued working and even traveled to Berlin in late September to attend technical sessions at the 10th International Conference on Geosynthetics (10 IC... »