The North American Chapter of the
International Geosynthetics Society


IGS North America Board of Directors, 2023 – 2024

IGS North America is excited to announce its 2023 – 2024 Board of Directors: President: Ben Leshchinsky, P.E. (Oregon State University) President-Elect: Kristin Sample-Lord, PhD, P.E. (Villanova University) Past President: John Allen, P.E. (MBCC Group) Treasurer: Marco...

IGS North America 2023 Election Candidates

It’s elections time for the IGS North America Board of Directors! IGS North America, which represents the field in Canada and the United States, is electing a new President-Elect and three (of four) vice presidents. The current President-Elect Dr. Ben Leshchinsky will...

2023 Testing Innovation Fellowship Call for Applicants

We are pleased to announce the call for the second round of Testing Innovation Fellowship awards. The program aims to transition geosynthetics-related research into ASTM International (ASTM) standards and increase student engagement in our professional organizations. The...

IGS-NA Student Research Showcase in Kansas City

IGS North America and the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) are pleased to announce the Student Research Showcase to be held during Geosynthtetics Conference 2023. This poster competition is intended to highlight the work of students in geosynthetics while offering an...

Call for Candidates – IGS North America Board 2023-2025

Dear IGS North America members, The Board of IGS-NA seeks nominations for individuals for the President-Elect, Treasurer, and two (2) open seats for Vice-President. The current election cycle is particularly important, as the chapter is a partner to GeoSaskatoon 2023 and is...

5 Questions with IGS Council Candidate Jacques Côté

Jacques Côté is the founder and serves as Chairman of the Board at Solmax, the largest geosynthetics manufacturing group in the world. Mr. Côté helped establish the IGS Foundation in 2019 and currently  is running for a new, full four-year term on the Council now. IGS North...

5 Questions with IGS Council Candidate Erol Tutumluer

Erol Tutumluer, Ph.D., is the Abel Bliss Professor in Engineering, Director of International Programs, and Paul Fraser Kent Faculty Scholar at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Transportation Geotechnics journal and for the past two...

5 Questions with IGS Council Candidate John McCartney

John McCartney, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE is Professor and Department Chair at the University of California – San Diego, Department of Structural Engineering. He is a former President of the North American Chapter of the International Geosynthetics Society and is now running for IGS...

5 Questions with IGS VP Candidate Jie Han

Jie Han, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, is the Glenn L. Parker Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Kansas and a long-time member and supporter of IGS North America (IGS-NA). IGS-NA group manager Chris Kelsey interviewed Prof. Han by email regarding his candidacy for...