New Geotechnical Engineer Joins R&M
Travis Ross recently joined R&M Consultants as a Senior Geotechnical Engineer in the firm’s Earth Sciences department. In that role, Ross manages and performs geotechnical engineering work in collaboration with R&M’s various service groups.
“We are thrilled to have Travis on our team. He brings with him a wide range of experience with geotechnical engineering and geology in Alaska,” says Bob Pinter, R&M’s group manager of geotechnical engineering and geology. “Travis’ past experience working on projects for the Alaska Railroad allowed him to jump right in and support our current projects.”
Ross has more than twenty years of experience in geotechnical engineering. He is well versed in the technical aspects of designing shallow and deep foundations, seismic geo-hazards, slope stability, retaining walls, and permafrost engineering, as well as construction monitoring and inspection for bridge foundations, buildings, docks, and pipeline upgrades. Ross’ focus over his career has been on transportation and infrastructure, foundation engineering, geo-hazards, and cold region engineering projects. This includes highways and bridges, foundations for wind turbine generators, railroads, foundations for industrial and commercial structures, pipeline integrity and utilities, bulk fuel tanks, and wind towers. He is experienced in working with a variety of public agencies, including the Alaska Railroad Corporation, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Federal Highways Administration, and municipal governments. Since joining R&M, Ross has been involved with several Alaska Railroad projects, including the Bird Creek and Cottonwood Creek bridge replacements. He is managing the geotechnical field program and geotechnical engineering tasks for these projects.
“R&M has a lot of respect in the engineering community, and I’ve long been impressed with the quality of R&M’s reports and work products,” Ross says. “My aspiration is to bring my geotechnical experience and skill set, particularly focused on the transportation industry, to help continue and build that tradition.”
Ross has a B.S. in civil engineering from Northern Arizona University. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a former advisory member of the Renewable Energy Committee, and volunteer for the Winds for Schools Program. Ross is also a member of Singletrack Advocates Anchorage and Nordic Ski Association of Anchorage. He is passionate about skiing in its many forms (backcountry, alpine, Nordic) and enjoys mountain biking and camping with his kids in summer.