José is a Project Engineer for GeoStabilization’s North Central Division. A native of Kahalu’u, Hawai’i, he grew up spearfishing and surfing until moving to Georgia at age 15. After attending Southern Polytechnic State University, José transferred to Georgia Institute of Technology where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. He began his career as an intern at the Georgia Department of Transportation and then worked at geotechnical materials manufacturers and consulting firms before joining GeoStabilization in June 2019. José’s previous experience includes leading geotechnical projects, performing pavement evaluations, construction material testing, performing non-destructive pavement testing & evaluations, and designing & managing construction of mechanically stabilized earth wall & reinforced soil slope projects. A licensed Professional Engineer, José enjoys muay thai and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
As mining advances and undergoes operational changes, it is crucial to re-evaluate modes of slope failure potential. In addition to continually ensuring the integrity of the final highwall, this re-evaluation will also reduce the likelihood of instability and rockfall hazards.