Lauren Southerland, EIT recently joined R&M as a Staff Geotechnical Engineer in the firm’s Earth Sciences Department. In this role, Lauren will support subsurface investigations and site characterizations, geotechnical and environmental site investigations, and geotechnical analysis, including slope stability, bearing capacity, lateral earth pressures, settlement, axial and lateral pile capacity, structural pavement section design and liquefaction potential. She is based in R&M’s Fairbanks office, bringing the firm’s Fairbanks-based employees to seven.
“We are very excited to welcome Lauren to the Earth Sciences Department. Along with great enthusiasm for field work, she brings diverse experience in soil and rock engineering from her previous geotechnical work in California and Colorado, not to mention her advanced proficiency in GIS. Lauren’s connections with the Fairbanks community make her a perfect fit for expanding our presence in interior Alaska.”Bob Pintner, PE, R&M’s Group Manager of Geotechnical Engineering and Geology
Lauren has six years of geological and geotechnical engineering experience. She specializes in geologic hazards assessment, field mapping, shallow and deep foundation design, slope stability and seepage modeling. Lauren has taken numerous highly technical, complex projects from start to finish within strict deadlines and quality constraints. She has worked on a variety of projects that involve geotechnical design recommendations and analysis, including slope stability, bearing capacity, axial and lateral pile analysis, bearing capacity, settlement and liquefaction. Lauren is also well-versed in using Arc GIS to compile data and create risk assessment maps for a variety of environments, from coastal and frozen ground to high-risk landslide and rockfall environments.
Since joining R&M, Lauren has conducted geotechnical investigations for the USACE Port of Nome Modification, Phase II project.
“R&M has an exceptionally great reputation and I’m really excited to work with leaders in engineering in the Arctic. There’s a lot of great resources and expertise for different markets and technical aspects at the firm.”Lauren Southerland, EIT
Lauren has a B.S. in Geological Engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and an M.S. in Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. She is also a member of the Association of Engineering Geologists. Lauren’s professional registration in Alaska is pending.
Lauren went to high school in Fairbanks. She moved away to pursue her master’s degree and gain professional experience, but it’s always been her goal to move back to Alaska. Lauren enjoys being outdoors, either biking, camping, fishing, gardening, hiking or hunting. During the weekends, she is most likely out adventuring with her dog Roo.
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