Michael J. Byle, PE, has been hired as the chief geotechnical engineer in the firm's Geotechnical Department.

Schoor DePalma, a regional engineering and consulting firms, announced that it has hired Michael J. Byle, PE, as the chief geotechnical engineer in the firm's Geotechnical Department. Byle has more than then 25 years of experience in the geotechnical field and is nationally recognized as a predominant expert in the fields of grouting and karst (limestone sinkholes).

As the Chief Geotechnical Engineer at Schoor DePalma, his responsibilities will include project oversight and review of the firm's geotechnical projects, project management, and client interaction and satisfaction for clients in both public and private sectors.

Prior to joining Schoor DePalma, Byle worked on a range of projects throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, and more than 10 other states throughout the country. On a range of geotechnical and geoenvironmental projects for the public and private sectors, Byle was responsible for providing technical design, construction management, construction-phase inspection, and materials testing and has enjoyed outstanding client satisfaction with his work.

Byle is the author of numerous technical articles on infiltration, seismic testing, ground modification instrumentation, and expansive soils and has taught geotechnical courses at multiple colleges and universities, including: Johns Hopkins University; University of Michigan; University of Alabama, Huntsville; Northwestern; and Drexel. He has been actively involved as a chairman on a number of high-profile geotechnical committees including: The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Geo-Institute National Committee on Grouting; The Joint Deep Foundation Institute and Geo-Institute Third International Conference on Grouting and Ground Treatment; and the Geo-Institute's Technical Coordinating Council.

Source: Schoor DePalma, Sept. 28, 2004