Professional certification offered through the Academy ensures that geotechnical engineers have specialized knowledge and skills in their field of practice. Once your education, experience and expertise has been vetted by a panel, you are granted the Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering (D.GE) certification. Differentiate yourself from your peers by applying for your D.GE. To maintain the certification, you are required to earn at least twenty professional development hours (PDHs) per year to stay up-to-date on new technologies and trends.
Why is Board Certification Important?
Geo-Professional Board Certification was created in 2008 to recognize engineers who have an advanced degree of knowledge and expertise in the specialized field of Geotechnical Engineering. These individuals, who are endorsed with this Board Certification, are actively engaged in this professional practice, have obtained a baccalaureate degree in engineering, a master's degree and a professional engineer license. With these skills and accomplishments, Board Certified engineer is one of the highest designations in the Geo-Profession and recognized as a respected and credible professional within the field of civil engineering.
What is a Board Certified Diplomate?
A Diplomate is a Board Certified Professional and is considered one of the highest designations in the Geo-Profession, with less than 250 engineers achieving the status of Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering (D.GE). A Board Certified Engineer has had at least eight years of progressive experience after earning a PE license and has achieved a master's degree. A Board Certified Geotechnical engineer has demonstrated advanced knowledge in at least one area in geotechnical engineering. An engineer becomes a Diplomate through achieving advanced experience, licensure, education, as well as passing a board examination. Although, with enough experience, the exam is waived.
What is the Academy?
The Academy of Geo-Professionals is an elite group comprised of about 250 Diplomates who have gone through many years of training and experience to become eligible for Board Certification. The Academy is a way to recognize engineers who have a special knowledge and experience in the field of geotechnical engineering.
About the Certification Process
After submitting a completed application and a biography, curriculum vital (CV) or resume you will need to have three licensed engineers fill out a reference form. Once all three forms are received, your application is considered complete and will be reviewed by the Application Committee, who meets on a quarterly basis. It must then go to the Board for final approval. Once you’re approved, you will be allowed to use the designation D.GE (Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering) and will be invited to the next induction ceremony to receive your certification plaque and pin.
Benefits of Certification:
- Respected Expertise
- Validated Competence
- Heightened Marketability
- Career Advancement
- Expanded Professional Network
- Increased Credibility
- Improved Leadership Skills
- Increased Knowledge Base
- Increased Earning Potential
- Heightened Recognition
1. Professional Engineering License (or foreign equivalent)
2. Masters Degree (or 30 hours post-graduate education)
3. At least 8 years of work experience after earning license
4. Oral Examination (may be waived with enough experience)
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You need to attain 20 professional development hours (PDHs) per year. To find out about upcoming educational opportunities, please click here.
Geo-Strata Features S. Michael Feroz, P.E, D.GE, D.WRE, F.ASCE
BIO: Education and Past Experience:
Mr. Feroz received his Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from the University of Peshawar, Pakistan in 1964, having received the President of Pakistan Cash Award and a Gold Medal for graduating with the highest grades in the graduating class. Upon graduation he was employed by the University of Peshawar and taught undergraduate courses in Soil Mechanics and Structural Engineering for one year. He was then awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and a Graduate Research Assistantship to pursue his graduate studies at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California. He carried out laboratory research on behavior of saturated granular soils under dynamic loads under the guidance of Professor Ronald Scott. He completed his Masters Degree in Civil Engineering in June, 1966. After that, for a period of one year, he took practical training in soil investigations with the consulting firm of LeRoy Crandall and Associates in Los Angeles and also took additional courses through extension classes at UCLA. As per the requirements of Fulbright Scholarship he returned back to his home country and continued his teaching career at University of Peshawar and working as consultant on dams for hydro projects until 1970. During later part of 1970 he got sponsorship from LeRoy Crandall and Associates to return back to Los Angeles to work as a Project Engineer for geotechnical investigations for numerous diversified projects in southern California. The most exciting projects included Disneyland, several high-rise towers in down town Los Angeles and developments along Avenue of the Stars in Century City. To read more about Michael, please click here.
Diplomate Ressi di Cervia Honored by Deep Foundations Institute (DFI)
Congratulations to Arturo L. Ressi di Cervia, PhD, PE, D.GE, GE, M.ASCE for being named DFI's 2013 Distinguished Service Award Recepient, the highest award that the Institute offers. He will be honored during the 38th DFI Annual Conference at the end of September. He joins 32 other winners from years passed. The award winner, given annually to individuals or companies, is chosen by their peers for exceptionally valuable contributions to the deep foundations industry.
Arturo graduated with a doctorate in Civil Engineering - Specialization in Soil Mechanics from the University of Bologna in 1964. He planned and executed the openings of the American market for ICOS, as well as re-established ICOS' presence in South America. He also introduced slurry wall technology in Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore. He invented and applied novel methods in design, approach and execution of slurry wall projects. He is holder of six US patents on underground technology and his innovative slurry wall foundation at the World Trade Center in New York City most likely prevented flooding of Manhattan from the Hudson river after the 9/11 disaster.
To read more about Arturo's company, please visit his website.
To read more about the award or DFI, please click here.
Look Who's a D.GE - Craig Denny, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE
Senior Principal and Senior Consultant, Terracon Consultants, Inc. Lenexa, KS
Dr. Denny was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa and received his BSCE (1971) and MSCE - Soil Engineering (1973) degrees from Iowa State University. Through ROTC at ISU, he was commissioned a 2LT USAR in Corps of Engineers in July 1973, but was notified entry on active duty would be delayed at least 6 months so he began his engineering career working for Gerald Olson at Soil Testing Services of Iowa (STSI) in 1973. He reported to Fort Belvoir Army Engineer School in April 1974 and was the Distinguished Graduate of 8-74EOBC. Then he spent the next 21 months on active duty with the COE Portland District, Portland OR. He continued as a reserve officer (1LT/CPT) until 1983, when he was honorably discharged.
Following his active duty service, he returned to STSI in 1976 as Geotechnical Project Engineer in Cedar Rapids. He served as Des Moines Office Manager from 1978 to 1985. STSI became Terracon Consultants in 1980 when STSI formally separated from STS. From 1985 to 2009, he served as Geotechnical Department Manager in Terracon’s Lenexa, KS office. He is now a Senior Consultant. He earned my Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering at University of Kansas (1999) while working full time at Terracon. Concurrent with Terracon employment, he taught graduate level foundation courses as adjunct professor at KU from 2000 to 2004. He became a Senior Principal in 1980 and served on Terracon Board of Directors from 1984 to 2011.
To read the full interview with Dr. Denny, please click here.
Diplomate Jerry DiMaggio Selected as Keynote Speaker
Congratulations to Jerry DiMaggio, PE, D.GE, M.ASCE, for being selected to speak at the 38th Annual Deep Foundations Institute Conference in Phoenix, AZ. Mr. DiMaggio was inducted in AGP's second class of Diplomates in the fall of 2009. “Load Resistance Factor Design Platform and Geotechnical Features (Fact and Fiction)” is the title of the address he will be giving at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort during the September 25-28th event. Mr. DiMaggio retired from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration in Washington, D.C. He's worked in all fifty states on over 1000 projects. To read more about Mr. DiMaggio, please click here.
Kenneth Bell, PhD, PE, D.GE, F.ASCE Interview
Dr. Bell received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree at the University of Maryland at College Park, MD in 1974, where he then continued his studies and received a Master of Sciences Degree in 1976, followed by a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, which was awarded in 1983. While completing his Ph.D. work Dr. Bell joined Bechtel in Gaithersburg, MD as a staff geotechnical engineer in June 1980. He continued his career at Bechtel through 1987, which included an assignment as a resident field geotechnical engineer at the South Texas Nuclear Power Plant Project. After leaving Bechtel he worked two years for a regional engineering firm heading up their geotechnical and material testing division followed by one year with Woodward-Clyde Consultants before returning to Bechtel in late 1990. To read more about Dr. Bell, please click here.
AGP Interviews D.GE Frank Pita
For the last 5 years, Frank Pita has been a principal and senior project manager with Jacobs Associates in Seattle, Washington. He holds professional civil and/or geotechnical engineering licenses in the states of Alaska, New York, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Washington, and Oregon. He is a licensed hydrogeologist in Washington. He is a fellow of ASCE and in 2009 became a diplomate in the Academy of Geo-Professionals. Mr. Pita holds two MS degrees, one in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University and another in Geology from the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He earned his BA in Geology from the State University of New York. To read more about Frank, please click here.
Billy Camp Announced as IFCEE 2015 Congress Chairman
Billy Camp, PE, D.GE, M.ASCE, will serve as the International Foundations Congress Equipment Expo 2015 Congress Chairman. The event will take place at the same location as the IFCEE 2012 Congress, at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa from March 17-21, 2015.
The Geo-Institute of ASCE, the International Association of Foundation Drilling, Deep Foundations Institute and the Pile Driving Contractors Association announced their partnership of IFCEE 2015 recently. This event is labeled as a “must-attend” event for professionals in the foundation industry. Along with presentations of reviewed technical papers, there will be panel discussions and debates, educational short courses, technical committee meetings, networking opportunities and both indoor and outdoor exhibits.
Billy works at S&ME, Inc. in their Charleston, SC office and serves at a Technical Principal, Vice President, and Senior Geotechnical Engineer and has been with them for 23 years. He primarily focuses on site characterization, design and testing of deep foundations, earthquake engineering, and development of soft ground sites. He is a Dipomate in the Academy of Geo-Professionals. To find out more about the Congress, please click here.
Outstanding Geotechnical Engineers Sought for Peck Award
ASCE’s Ralph B. Peck Award recognizes major contributions to the geotechnical engineering profession through the publication of a thoughtful, carefully researched case history or histories, or the publication of recommended practices or design methodologies based on the evaluation of case histories. Nominations are due by June 1. Get more information and download forms at the official Peck Award page.
CESB: Certification vs Licensing
The Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards, CESB, published a consensus document on engineering credentials concisely describing licenses, certifications, the relationship between the two, their appropriate uses, and their benefits to consumers, employers, and practitioners. This document can be used to help those that may understand the difference between certification and licensing. Feel free to distribute the file. If you would like a hard copy of the brochure, please contact AGP Staff by emailing us.
The Academy of Geo-Professionals is accredited through CESB. One of the other Academies of ASCE, the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers (AAWRE) are also accredited. The Academy of Coastal, Ocean, Port and Navigation Engineers (ACOPNE) is currently in the application process to gain accreditation.
AGP Inducts 7th Class of Diplomates
The American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Academy of Geo-Professionals has announced the induction of the newest class of recipients of the Diplomate in Geotechnical Engineering (D.GE) certification. The group of engineers has completed a lengthy certification process that includes graduate coursework, professional experience and an oral defense of the application. The certifications were presented at a ceremony at the Geo-Institute conference in San Diego, California on March 4, 2013.
The Academy of Geo-Professionals was founded in October 2008 by the members of ASCE’s Geo-Institute with the goal of providing advanced certification to geotechnical engineers. The first certifications were awarded in March 2009, and the number of engineers who have earned the D.GE is now more than 250.
Left to right: Manoochehr Zoghi, Gregory R. Reuter, Frank Rausche, Kancheepuram Gunalan, Rodrigo Salgado, Edward Nowatzki, Joseph A.Waxse, Elizabeth M. Smith, John D. Nelson, Ray Martin, Henry Landau, Siamak Jafroudi, Luther H. Boudra, Richard Woods, Stephen Gale, Elizabeth M. Dwyre, Woodward L. Vogt
New Benefit for Diplomates!
Your dedication to the Academies of ASCE qualifies you for a Diplomate Professional Liability credit. This credit is an exclusive Diplomate discount on your ASCE professional liability insurance that could range from 5 to 7.5%. In many cases, the value of this discount alone may exceed your application and recertification costs.
ASCE’s Insurance Brokers with Lloyds of London recognize the value of Board Certification, knowing the Diplomate has demonstrated the mastery and use of a specialized body of knowledge, superior experience, strong ethics, and have a commitment to lifelong learning.
ASCE is confident your specialized knowledge and skills reduces the risk and liability of your projects. While our underwriters have the final decision on providing insurance after proper evaluation of your firm and its history, we will work with you to make sure you receive a fair premium and the premium credit that celebrates your expertise, strong ethics, and commitment to excellence. For more information, contact an ASCE Professional Liability Specialist at 800.650.2723.
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