Friday, September 23, 2022 from 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM EDT
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Sheraton Hartford South 
100 Capital Boulevard
Rocky Hill, CT 06067

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Amy Petrone 
Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers Section of ASCE 

9/23 ~ First Annual GEO-CT Geotechnical Conference 

Please join the CT Valley Chapter of the ASCE Geo-Institute at our First Annual GEO-CT Geotechnical Conference at the Sheraton Hartford South in Rocky Hill, CT, on Friday, September 23, 2022. Attendees can earn 6 New York State PDHs at this conference. Please see below for a partial list of the speakers and topics at this conference:


Dr. Tim Stark, Ph.D., P. E., Professor at University of Illinois


Timothy D. Stark is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with an expertise in Geotechnical Engineering. Dr. Stark has been conducting interdisciplinary research and teaching on the static and seismic stability of natural and manmade slopes, such as dams, levees, floodwalls, and waste containment facilities, railroad geotechnics, geosynthetics and geomembranes, soil liquefaction during earthquakes, and stabilization and behavior of dredged material containment areas. 

Dr. Stark has been involved in a number of projects on these topics, which has facilitated the transfer of his research results to practice. He is currently researching three-dimensional slope stability, inverse analyses of landslides, heating events in waste containment facilities, and jet grouting. Dr. Stark has received a number of awards for his research, teaching, and service activities including recently serving as chair of the ASCE technical committee on Embankments, Dams and Slopes.

Dr. Kord Wissmann, Ph.D., P.E., President and Chief Engineer at Geopier Foundations

Kord Wissmann is the president and chief engineer of Geopier Foundations. He has more than 25 years of geotechnical-engineering experience and has led Geopier since 2002 in the development and implementation of Geopier's multiple innovative ground improvement solutions and technologies now deployed worldwide. Dr. Wissmann holds 28 U.S. patents, has authored more than 35 papers, and is a past President of the Geo-Institute. He earned Bachelor of Science and Doctorate degrees in civil engineering from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to Geopier Foundations, he held positions with Harding Lawson Associates, Fluor Daniel, and Shannon & Wilson, Inc.


Dr. Alexandra Hain, Ph.D., P.E., Assistant Research Professor at the University of Connecticut

  • Advanced imaging techniques for the inspection and evaluation of structures
  • Performance evaluation of structures under extreme loads
  • Computational structural modeling
  • Bridge repair using novel materials
  • Large-scale experimental testing


Sara Ghatee, P.E., Connecticut Department of Transportation Soils & Foundations

  • Utilizing recent technology advances in public works asset management

All profits from CSCE continuing educational activities fund the CSCE scholarships.