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tvlasova | Created: 12 Aug 2021 | Updated: 23 Aug 2021
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The Geo-Institute Board of Governors has nominated Helen D. Robinson, P.E., PMP, D.GE, M.ASCE to join the G-I Board for a term beginning in October 2021.

Robinson is a Branch  Manager/ Senior Project Manager with GEI Consultants. She has 18 years’ experience, including 4 years with GEI. Her experience includes design of micropiles, tiebacks, soil nails, drilled shafts, driven piles, sheet pile cofferdams, retaining walls, braced excavation support, ground improvement methods, and shallow foundations. Her professional experience also includes site investigations (boreholes, test pits), soil classification, laboratory testing, load testing field support and interpretation, instrumentation, and research on chemical grouts used for soil stabilization and permeation.

She is GEI’s Program Manager for geotechnical engineering services to support the FHWA’s Office of Bridges and Structures and National Geotechnical Team, including advancing the state of the practice and implementing best practices for bridges, tunnels, earth retaining structures and other geotechnical features. She is a co-author of the FHWA National Highway Institute Soil Nail Reference Manual and is the author or co-author of more than 25 publications on practical technological applications and design in geotechnical engineering.  She holds a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Penn State University.


She has been a member of the Delaware Valley Geo-Institute (DVGI) since 2003 and takes part in the Girls Engineering Tomorrow (GET) initiative. Robinson is also a Co-Chair of the joint DFI-ADSC micropile committee.

Petition Candidacy for the Board of Governors

At this time, any G-I member wishing to serve or nominate another member has 45 days to declare a petition candidate. This year, the deadline is September 27, 2021.

To add candidates to the ballot via petition, signatures expressing support for a candidate must be obtained from a minimum of 150 GI members in good standing with the following distribution requirements:

  • At least fifteen signatures shall be obtained from each of at least five different ASCE Geographic Regions for a total of 75 signatures from five of the ten ASCE Geographic Regions (i.e., 15 signatures/region x 5 regions = 75 signatures).
  • The balance of the remaining signatures necessary to reach the minimum requirement of 150 may be obtained without consideration of ASCE Geographic Region distribution. The Geo-Institute Member Identification number shall be provided for each signee. G-I staff shall check the validity of all petitions. Once verified, the candidate(s) shall be added to the ballot. No petitions will be accepted after the specified deadline has passed.

For more information on the Board’s nomination process and how to nominate a petition candidate, see the Geo-Institute Policies and Procedures.