Bob Koerner – A Retrospective of a Giant in Geosynthetics: Perspectives from Those Who Knew Him

by Mark H. Wayne, P.E., Ph.D., (M.ASCE), Director of application technology and engineering for Tensar International in Alpharetta, GA., mwayne@tensarcorp.com,
Robert Swan, Jr., Teaching professor in the Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering Department at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA., rhs53@drexel.edu,
Ragui Wilson-Fahmy, P.E., Ph.D., (M.ASCE), Senior engineering manager and senior technical principal at WSP, Inc. in Lawrenceville, NJ., r.fahmy@wsp.com,
Te-Yang Soong, P.E., Ph.D., Principal engineer at CTI and Associates, Inc. in Novi, MI., tsoong@cticompanies.com,
Jorg Zornberg, P.E., Ph.D., (F.ASCE), Brunswick-Abernathy Regents Professor in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, zornberg@mail.utexas.edu,


Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2021, Vol. 25, Issue 2, Pg. 26-34


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: This article is a compilation of thoughts about Koerner from five people who knew him in different ways. Each provides one or more unique remembrances that may not be well known about this giant of our industry. The authors hope that readers will discover additional insights into the geosynthetics industry and Koerner’s role in shaping it, how he helped promote the use of geosynthetics in geotechnical applications, and why his work was so powerful that several of the authors of this article say they will continue to follow his legacy.

Subject Headings: Geosynthetics

 

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