Kenneth L. Fishman
KENNETH L. FISHMAN is a principal at McMahon and Mann Consulting Engineers, P.C. and is the leader of their Earth Reinforcement Testing Division. He has 40 years of combined experience in civil/geotechnical engineering that includes teaching, research, and consulting and is an expert on state-of-the-art techniques for performance monitoring, characterization of corrosion potential, and service-life modeling for mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls and other geotechnical applications. He has been a consultant, co-PI, or PI on various projects sponsored by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), FHWA, MCEER and various state departments of transportation on projects related to service-life design, condition assessment, corrosion monitoring, and durability studies for buried steel including MSE structures, elements of deep foundation systems, and pipelines. These projects include research, implementations of research results, training, and applications of the state of the art techniques for performance monitoring and characterization of corrosion potential. He is author of over 50 publications in the area of geotechnical engineering including FHWA-HRT-05-067, NCHRP Report 477, FHWA-NHI-09-087, NCHRP Report 675, several comprehensive reports describing results from FHWA/state DOT sponsored demonstration projects, and pooled-fund studies. He has participated in numerous workshops and webinars sponsored by NCHRP, FHWA, the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO), TRB and others including two recent webinars related to asset management and performance modeling sponsored by the FHWA Office of Asset Management and Resource Center, AASHTO and TRB. Dr. Fishman earned his Ph.D. for his work in geotechnical engineering from the University of Arizona in 1988.
Gerald S. Frankel
GERALD S. FRANKEL is distinguished professor of engineering, professor of materials science and engineering, and director of the Fontana Corrosion Center at The Ohio State University (OSU). Prior to joining OSU in 1995, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the Swiss Federal Technical Institute in Zurich and then a research staff member at the IBM Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. His primary research interests are in the passivation and localized corrosion of metals and alloys, corrosion inhibition, protective coatings, and atmospheric corrosion. He has authored almost 300 papers in peer reviewed journals. He is a member of the editorial board of The Journal of the Electrochemical Society and Corrosion and a fellow of NACE International, The Electrochemical Society, and ASM International. He received the W.R. Whitney Award from NACE International in 2015, the U.R. Evans Award from the U.K. Institute of Corrosion in 2011, the OSU Distinguished Scholar Award in 2010, the 2010 Electrochemical Society’s Corrosion Division H.H. Uhlig Award, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Award for Senior U.S. Scientists in 2004. From 2012-2016, he served as a member of the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board after being appointed by President Obama. In 2016, he became the director of a DOE-funded Engineering Frontier Research Center focused on the performance of nuclear waste forms. He earned his Sc.B. in materials science engineering from Brown University and his Sc.D. in materials science and engineering from MIT.
STACEY KULESZA is an associate professor in civil engineering at Kansas State University where her research focuses on anthropogenic impacts on soil properties, applied near-surface geophysics, characterizing infrastructure deterioration, and soil erosion potential. Her research group seeks to understand the in situ integrity of natural materials and aging infrastructure to support the global initiative of sustainability and resiliency.She is also interested in engineering education and broadening pathways to and through engineering degrees. She currently serves on two technical committees of the TRB and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Geo-Institute including serving as the chair for the ASCE Geo-Institute Outreach and Engagement Committee. She is a registered professional engineer in the state of Kansas. She received her B.S., M.E., and Ph.D. in civil engineering with a focus in geotechnical engineering from Texas A&M University.
Brenda J. Little
BRENDA J. LITTLE retired in January 2018 from the Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center, where she served as a senior scientist. Her career has focused on the investigation of microorganism/material interactions including biodeterioration, biodegradation, and bioremediation (i.e., chemistries produced by microorganisms). Her publications include 2 co-authored books and over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles on these topics. Dr. Little is now an independent consultant and the sole proprietor of B.J. Little Corrosion Consulting, LLC, and she serves as the current president of the International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation Society (IBBS). Dr. Little is a fellow for the NACE-International and on the editorial board for International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation, the official journal for the IBBS. Dr. Little received her Ph.D. in chemistry from Tulane University.
Randall W. Poston
RANDALL W. POSTON, NAE, is a Sr. Principal at Pivot Engineers, a structural engineering consulting firm in Austin, TX. He is also a Neil Armstrong Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Purdue University College of Engineering. He is the Immediate Past President of the American Concrete Institute (ACI). For the past 35 years, Poston has been engaged in the evaluation, repair, strengthening and design of more than 700 structures. His expertise includes investigation of structural failures, evaluation of corrosion of steel in concrete, structural concrete repair and strengthening design, and nondestructive testing of concrete structures. He has been elected a Fellow of ACI, ASCE, PTI and IABSE and is an active member of numerous national and international technical committees including being a current member of ACI Committee 318 – Structural Concrete Building Code, and was the Chair of Committee 318 during the 2014 code cycle. Poston was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2017. He received BS, MS and PhD degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.
ELIZABETH RUTHERFORD is a senior metallurgical engineer at Energy Transfer with over 10 years of experience in pipeline integrity, failure investigation, root cause analysis, and quality assurance. She has worked on pipeline failures in a variety of terrains in the U.S. in addition to numerous preventative inspections and repairs. She is actively involved in both Pipeline Research Council Internationaland Joint Industry Projects addressing research gaps and identifying technologies to move the industry forward safely. For the past year, her focus has been on the quality assurance side of the business monitoring the acquisition and production of pipe for new construction projects. Prior to joining Energy Transfer, Ms. Rutherford spent three years with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as a reactor inspector with special emphasis on in-service inspection. Ms. Rutherford received her B.S. in metallurgical engineering in 2004 from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology).
Sammantha L. Magsino - (Staff Officer)
SAMMANTHA MAGSINO has been with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Earth Sciences and Resources since 2005. During that time she has directed the Committee on Geological and Geotechnical Engineering and numerous studies on topics ranging from sustainable underground engineering, dam and levee safety, earthquake-induced soil liquefaction, fractured rock characterization and remediation, disaster resilience, and data management. She was previously a geologist with the Washington State geologic survey where she conducted geophysical investigations, produced earthquake hazard maps, and served as a technical advisor to the state on volcanic hazards. Ms. Magsino also served as the science coordinator for a National Science Foundation facility housed at The University of Texas at Austin that conducted aerogeophysical surveys in Antarctica, and she was a consultant for the Center for Nuclear Waste Regulatory Analyses at the Southwest Research Institute where she conducted geophysical investigations near the proposed Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Facility in support of volcanic hazard assessment. Ms. Magsino holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in geology, with emphasis in geophysics, from Florida International University.