Van E. Komurka is a Senior Engineer at GRL Engineers, specializing in static load testing. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Platteville and Colorado State University, respectively. He has 35 years’ experience as a geotechnical engineer, most-recently at the helm of Wagner Komurka Geotechnical Group. Specific to deep foundations, Van has published and presented on new approaches to characterizing and incorporating soil/pile set-up into design and installation of driven piles, the value-engineering concept of support cost, and the unique principle of load matching. He serves on numerous organizations’ deep-foundation committees, and is an instructor for the FHWA’s National Highway Institute’s course on Design and Construction of Driven Pile Foundations. Van received both the Professional Engineer’s Service Award, and the Presidential Award for Distinguished Service, from the PDCA.