Staff News TRI is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Kuhn, Ph.D., P.E. has been promoted to Executive Director of TRI Environmental, Inc. In this role, Jeffrey will lead all Austin-based staff and resources to continue TRI’s robust growth and assure technical and customer service excellence. Jeffrey continues to provide technical leadership to TRI’s geotechnical, interface friction, and interaction services while providing management of TRI’s infrastructure and service systems. Jeff has recently been appointed Chair of ASTM International’s Subcommittee D18.04 on Hydrologic Properties and Hydraulic Barriers. Jeff also presented on the subject of “Shear Displacement Rate & Supporting Geotech” at the 2018 June ASTM D35.01 workshop on the Performance and Interpretation of Interface/Direct Shear Testing as well as at Geosynthetics 2019 on the subject of “Effective Stress Interface Shear Strength Testing: Drained Testing Protocols and Other Associated Concerns.” TRI is excited for Jeffrey and congratulates him on this well earned promotion. TRI is also pleased to announce the promotion of Ms. Patricia Zabaleta to Manager of Project Development. Her multiple years of Project Management and her wealth of experience in geosynthetic procurement and associated material specifications equip her to assist clients who are responding to the various state and federal materials testing requirements. She will assist customers in finalizing testing plans with associated budgets and time implications. Patricia’s experience and professionalism have already made her a hit with our clients and we are proud to have her lead our Projects Development staff. TRI is very pleased to welcome Ms. Kendall Villareal as a Project Manager in our Geosynthetic Conformance Laboratory. Kendall has been a successful Administrative Assistant for TRI working to process data and support Project Management efforts. Her energy and spirit have benefitted TRI as she has consistently delivered the “extra” effort to meet the changing demands and challenges of our business. Kendall has earned this opportunity to directly serve our customer base and we are all very excited to have our clients meet and interact with her as she supports your work. Jacqueline Dettman, who has been a pillar of the TRI leadership team for many years, will begin her retirement in 2019 with a much reduced schedule. She has graciously accepted the role of Senior Project Adviser and will continue to be available for internal deliberations and strategic project work. 2019 will be a year of celebration of Jacque’s countless contributions to TRI’s growth and industry relevance. We congratulate her on a spectacular career at TRI! Sam Allen was re-elected to the International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) Council and the Board of Advisors to the Geosynthetic Institute (GSI). Sam has been a devoted promoter of the geosynthetics industry. His re-election to these posts is testimony to his industry development work as well as TRI’s generous support of the geosynthetics industry at-large.