Fueled by the passion his professors had for the subject matter, Jay chose a career in earth sciences—exploring how we engineer soil and rock materials in the built environment. He is currently directing geotechnical activities or participating in flood risk reduction projects in Florida, Louisiana, and Texas.
Jay has been a geotechnical engineer for more than three decades, but devastating storms and hurricanes impacting coastal areas and the southeastern United States have shifted his focus to flood risk reduction, earthen levee and floodwall evaluation, engineering design, and construction monitoring. Knowing conditions are challenging due to a mix of complicated subsurface geology and soft ground, Jay and his teams develop solutions to address structural stability and seepage mitigation in the southeast. They aim to reduce or accommodate natural settlement that occurs under structures.
Jay’s interest in helping communities extends beyond work; he volunteers for neighborhood improvement projects and helps plan an annual community festival.