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President's Message

Bob Lokteff, P.E., G.E., Blackburn Consulting
CalGeo President 2017-2018

I’m honored and excited to serve as CalGeo’s president for the next year and will do my best to lead the organization forward. CalGeo has made significant progress over my 11 years on the Board of Directors. We’ve instituted a name change and re-branding, added College Groups and an Emerging Professional Group, expanded membership to include single Academic and Student members, and increased Affiliate Member participation. This progress, along with the maintenance of yearly Conferences, Loss Prevention Seminars, Regional Meetings and Legislative Advocacy insures the unique relevancy of CalGeo in the California geotechnical engineering community into the future. I want to thank all our member firms, current and past Boards of Directors, and our Executive Director Marsha Myers for their hard work over the years that has made this happen.

As I begin my term as CalGeo President and look back over my 27 years of practice, I can’t help but notice that Geotechnical Engineering is becoming more widely recognized in California, and that CalGeo is the only association that specifically supports Geotechnical Engineers in the state. California is turning more and more to Geotechnical Engineers to help mitigate and prevent storm damage, improve its failing infrastructure, develop water storage and conveyance, and provide solutions to construct in congested infill projects. This opportunity is exciting, and underscores the importance of geotechnical engineering and CalGeo’s unique value as THE association for geotechnical engineering in California. So, I am proud to say I am a member and support CalGeo. Every geotechnical engineering firm in California should be a CalGeo member.

In closing and considering the above, I encourage each member firm to take advantage of the opportunities that CalGeo offers. More than ever, CalGeo events are places where you will meet young engineers who will inspire you or are looking for employment opportunities. And for those young members just entering the field of engineering, CalGeo is a place to make life-long relationships with other engineers and learn from those of us who have been through a lot and want to share our knowledge.

So, get involved with CalGeo and expand your geotechnical engineering experience. You will not be sorry.