Committee Membership Information

Study Title:

Underground Engineering for Sustainable Development

Study Director:


Mr. Paul H. Gilbert - (Chair)
Parsons Brinckerhoff Inc.

Paul H. Gilbert (NAE) is a senior vice president, and director emeritus of Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, and the Washington State Academy of Sciences, his expertise is in project and program management of the design and construction of large complex facilities. Mr. Gilbert was the project director of the PB-led team for design, construction management, and construction of the conventional facilities of the Department of Energy?s superconducting super collider. He has served as principal-in-charge for major engineering projects such as the Stanford Linear Accelerator Positron-Electron Project, the Basalt Waste Isolation Project at Hanford, the Nuclear Power Plants in Mined Caverns Study for California, the Downtown Seattle Transit Project and the West Seattle High Bridge and Low Swing Bridge, the Hood Canal Floating Bridge in Washington State, the Long Beach Naval Fuel Pier, and the Boston and San Francisco Effluent Outfall Tunnels. He was the author of Parsons Brinckerhoff?s Project Management Manual and has also published various technical papers and articles. As a Trustee of Associated Universities Inc, he is the Chairman of the ALMA Oversight Committee for the ALMA Radio Astronomy Telescope Project in Chile; Mr. Gilbert is a member of a variety of professional organizations, including the American Society of Civil Engineers, The Moles, Project Management Institute, and Society of American Military Engineers. He has won multiple awards in civil engineering and construction management, including American Society of Civil Engineers fellow, the Rickey Medal, and the Construction Management Award. Mr. Gilbert received is B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in civil engineering and structural mechanics, respectively, where he has also been recognized as a Distinguisher Engineering Graduate.


Dr. Priscilla P. Nelson
National Science Foundation

Priscilla Nelson is currently Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, joined the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2005 as Provost and Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs (through 2008). Prior to that, Professor Nelson had spent 11 years at the US National Science Foundation (NSF) including serving as Senior Advisor to the Director. She was a Professor in Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin from 1983 to 1996. Dr. Nelson has an international reputation in geological and rock engineering, and the particular application of underground construction. She also has worked in the areas of critical infrastructure, emergency response and disaster recovery. Dr. Nelson has published more than 120 technical and scientific publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings. She is a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), former president of the Geo-Institute of ASCE, a lifetime member and first president and Fellow of the American Rock Mechanics Association, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She was elected Chair of the Division of Engineering of AAAS in 2007. In addition to these positions, she has many other professional affiliations including: Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, the American Underground-Construction Association, the Association of Engineering Geologists, the International Tunneling Association, the Society of Women Engineers, the Association of Women Geoscientists, and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Dr. Nelson received her BS degree in geological sciences from the University of Rochester (1970) and two master?s degrees in geology (Indiana University, 1976) and structural engineering (University of Oklahoma, 1979). In 1983, she received her PhD degree in geotechnical engineering from Cornell University.


Dr. Raymond L. Sterling
Louisiana Technical University

Raymond L. Sterling is a professor emeritus of civil engineering at Louisiana Tech University and was, until 2009, the Director of their Trenchless Technology Center, a university/industry cooperative research center. He specializes in research related to trenchless technology, underground construction, utilization of underground space, geomechanics, and building science and energy efficiency. Prior to joining Louisiana Tech, he was director of the Underground Space Center Research Program at the University of Minnesota from its creation in 1977. The program involved an interdisciplinary staff including expertise in civil engineering, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, architecture, planning, landscape architecture, mechanical engineering and heat transfer. He has authored or edited several books, book chapters, and refereed journal articles, and technical reports on topics relating utilization of underground space, building foundation, earth sheltered housing design, and underground building design. Dr. Sterling received his B.Eng. in civil and structural engineering from the University of Sheffield, England, and received his M.S. and Ph.D. in geoengineering and civil engineering, respectively, from the University of Minnesota.


Mr. George J. Tamaro
Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers

George J. Tamaro (NAE) a retired partner at Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers is currently serving as a consultant to the firm. His technical interests are primarily in structural and geotechnical engineering. His work involves a broad range of analytical, design, and construction problems related to deep foundations and underground structures, and he is also involved in the design and construction of containment facilities and the control of dam seepage using special barrier systems. Mr. Tamaro holds several patents in applications of slurry wall and slurry trench technology. Mr. Tamaro has an interest in the preparation and training of young engineers who will someday be consultant engineers. He is particularly concerned with the development of engineers capable of analyzing, designing, and installing safe, economically constructed facilities. He is a member of NAE, recognized for his expertise in the design and construction of slurry walls and deep foundations worldwide. Mr. Tamaro earned a B.S. degree in civil engineering from Manhattan College, and M.S. degrees in civil engineering from Lehigh University and in architectural technology from Columbia University.


Dr. Samuel T. Ariaratnam
Arizona State University

Samuel T. Ariaratnam is a professor in the Del E. Webb School of Construction at Arizona State University. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of Urban Infrastructure Management & Rehabilitation, with a particular focus on trenchless engineering applications of horizontal directional drilling, trenchless pipe replacement, and underground utility asset management. Prior to joining ASU, Dr. Ariaratnam served for five years in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta. He has also served as a visiting assistant professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, and, while still a graduate student, was employed at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Construction Research Laboratories where he performed research in military construction and strategic planning. He has published over 150 technical papers in refereed journals and conferences, has co-authored five textbooks, and is a co-holder of three patents. Dr. Ariaratnam serves as the Vice Chairman of the International Society for Trenchless Technology and is active in professional societies including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, the Distribution Contractors Association, the North American Society for Trenchless Technology, and the Society of American Military Engineers. He has received multiple awards, including the prestigious John O. Bickel Award; the Young Civil Engineer Achievement Award from the University of Illinois, and an award of recognition from Halliburton Energy Services for contributions to underground technology. In 2006 he was named to the Phoenix Business Journal's ?Forty under 40? list. Dr. Ariaratnam received his Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Ms. Nancy Rutledge Connery
Independent Consultant

Nancy Rutledge Connery has worked to advance civil infrastructure systems for nearly 30 years. Her career began as a transit analyst in NYC Mayor?s Office of Management and Budget at the outset of the transit system?s historic reconstruction. Later, in her home state of Washington, she developed the Public Works Trust Fund, a nationally recognized program, which has provided over $2.5 billion in low interest loans for local renewal projects since 1986. She also worked as an investment banker with Seattle Northwest Securities. In 1985, she was named Executive Director of the National Council on Public Works Improvement, a joint Presidential/Congressional study commission, where she produced a series of well-regarded reports and frequent testimony on the state of the nation?s infrastructure. In 2000, U.S. Senate Majority Leader appointed Connery to the Amtrak Reform Council, a financial oversight board. She has served on various National Academies? technical boards, the Executive Committee of the Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems at New York University, and the Advisory Board of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at Harvard Kennedy School. She has published, lectured and consulted widely throughout the world and is currently researching ?next generation? infrastructure design. She holds a B.A. in political science from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington; and M.P.A. from John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.


Dr. Youssef Hashash
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Youssef Hashash has been on the faculty of the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois since 1998 where his research interests include deep excavations, earthquake engineering, numerical modeling, soil-structure interaction and inverse analysis. He is also involved in use of visualization and virtual reality techniques in geotechnical engineering applications. He currently holds the rank of Professor. Dr. Hashash worked as a staff engineer for the PB/MK TEAM in Dallas, Texas on the Superconducting Super Collider Project construction and was part of the Geotechnical and Underground Engineering group at Parsons Brinckerhoff in San Francisco, California. He has been involved in many tunnel and deep excavation projects around the U.S. and Canada. Dr. Hashash is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, the American Underground Association, the International Tunneling Association, and serves on the Earth Retaining Structures Committee of the Geo-Institute of ASCE. In 2002 Dr. Hashash was named a Beckman Fellow at the Center of Advanced Studies at the University of Illinois. He is a 2001-2003 American Bridge Faculty scholar (UIUC). In 2009 he received the Collin Teaching Award. In 2006 he received the Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers. In 2000, Dr. Hashash was the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) and the Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award from the Geo-Institute of ASCE. In 1999, he was a Notional Center for Supercomputing Application Fellow (UIUC). He received the James Crose Medal (ASCE, 1994) and Thomas Middlebrooks Awards (ASCE, 1997) for journal publications. Dr. Hashash earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Dr. Conrad W. Felice
Lachel Felice and Associates, Inc.

Conrad W. Felice is the Managing Principal of C. W. Felice, LLC and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering. He has held CEO/President and Vice President level positions in multinational corporations and served in the Air Force for 27 years, retiring the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Dr. Felice has Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio University, a Master of Science degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Utah. He is a registered Professional Engineer in twelve US states, Puerto Rico and two provinces? in Canada. Dr. Felice's underground and tunneling experience includes the program management of the DOD underground technology development program and the technical direction for laboratory testing and analysis in support of the U.S. underground nuclear testing program at the Nevada Test Site. Commercial projects have included the physical vulnerability of underground systems to explosive and fire loads, the stability of historic road and rail tunnels, geotechnical analysis and support requirements for transit and water conveyance tunnels, seismic analysis and upgrade of underground systems and the design and construction of large diameter pipelines underground in urban and mountainous environments. Dr. Felice has been recognized as an invited member to the National Academy of Engineering, Symposium on Frontiers of Engineering and was also selected as a member of the ASCE Reconnaissance Team?s visits to the affected earthquake damaged area of the Sichuan basin.


Mr. Gary English
Seattle Fire Department

Gary English is an Assistant Fire Marshal for Special Projects for the City of Seattle, Washington. He serves as the department's command staff assigned to ensure code and standard compliance with minimum fire and life safety requirements of major projects. This includes the Sound Transit Light Rail Link combined bus/rail tunnel complex and associated stations. Also a new a stacked road tunnel to be completed by 2015 including the installation of a multitude of fire and life safety systems such as point extraction ventilation, sprinkler systems, fire alarms, mass notification systems, emergency exiting, and intelligent traffic systems. In addition to such projects, Chief English is heavily involved with standard building fire and life safety systems with specialization in high-rise structures, smoke management, fire alarm, and elevator use. Chief English is a member of the International Fire Fighters Association, currently serves on the National Fire Protection Association technical committees for road tunnels, passenger rail tunnels, and standpipe systems. He has presented internationally on road and rail tunnel systems, and has received special training in national incident management systems at the command staff level.


Dr. Fulvio Tonon
The University of Texas at Austin

Fulvio Tonon is assistant professor, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin in 2005 after spending three years as an assistant professor of geological engineering at the University of Utah, and two years as a senior tunnel engineer with Parsons. He directs the International Tunneling Consortium, which encourages academic research in response to industrial needs, after its official launch in fall 2007. In 2006, Dr. Tonon won the Award for Applied Rock Mechanics from the American Rock Mechanics Association for his paper entitled: ?Stresses in anisotropic rock masses: an engineering perspective building on geological knowledge.? His research emphasizes rock mechanics and engineering, underground excavations and uncertainty modeling with generalized theories of probability. He has published two books on tunneling, one book on uncertainty bounds in civil engineering, 54 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 35 papers in conference proceedings. In addition to organizing the International Tunneling Consortium, Dr. Tonon has established a rock mechanics laboratory for the characterization of intact rock and fractures as well as index tests for estimating the penetration rate of tunnel boring machines. He has more than 15 years of professional experience working on projects in the Americas, Europe and Africa. Design experience includes: cut-and-cover and bored tunnels in rock, soft ground and mixed face conditions, with or without the use of Tunnel Boring Machines; foundations and special foundations; rock and soil slope stabilizations; precast concrete and steel-concrete composite bridges; hydraulic infrastructures for dams, purification plants and rivers; renovations of ancient masonry buildings; and reinforced concrete buildings. Dr. Fulvio Tonon earned his Laurea in civil engineering from the University of Padova, Italy, and his Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.


Dr. Chris T. Hendrickson
Carnegie Mellon University

Chris T. Hendrickson is the Duquesne Light Company Professor of Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Co-director of the Green Design Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. His research, teaching, and consulting are in the general area of engineering planning and management, including design for the environment, system performance, project management, finance, and computer applications. He has co-authored two textbooks, Project Management for Construction and Transportation Investment and Pricing Principles and two monographs; Knowledge Based Process Planning for Construction and Manufacturing and Concurrent Computer Integrated Building Design. Dr. Hendrickson is editor of the ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering. Prof. Hendrickson has been the recipient of the Fenves Systems Research Award (2002), AT&T Industrial Ecology Fellowships (2000-2002), a Lucent/NSF Industrial Ecology Fellowship (1998), the ASCE Frank M. Masters Transportation Engineering Award (1994), the Outstanding Professor of the Year Award of the ASCE Pittsburgh Section (1990), the ASCE Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Award (1989), the Benjamin Richard Teare Teaching Award from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (1987) and a Rhodes Scholarship (1973). Dr. Hendrickson holds a B.S. and M.S. from Stanford University, a Master of Philosophy degree in economics from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.