Jody earned his bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering, and a master’s degree in civil engineering with a focus in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering from Mississippi State University. He is a five-year member of American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) and Geotechnical Institute (GI) and has been active for 2 years in the ASCE Seattle Geotechnical Group.
Beginning his career as a Senior Staff Geotechnical Engineer for a large geotechnical firm in Seattle, Washington, Jody has 3 years of geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering experience in slope stabilization, foundation and pavement design, deep excavation shoring projects, and landslide remediation projects. He has expertise in foundation and earth retention systems, numerical finite element, finite difference, and limit equilibrium modeling, and subsurface investigations and instrumentation. Jody’s experience includes design and field work for projects with difficult site conditions such as thick profiles of soft, compressible materials; fissured heavily over consolidated clays; talus; severe liquefaction; and lateral spread hazards.
He resides in Seattle, Washington with his fiancé Theresa.
In the 1970s, a massive rockslide buried Interstate 81 in Montgomery County, VA while it was being constructed. The mountain of debris took months to clear. More recently, VDOT engineers and geologists noticed active movement near the historic slide, and proactively began an emergency rock slope mitigation effort.