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Gennaro G. (“Jerry”) Marino, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, president of Marino Engineering Associates Inc. (MEA) in Urbana, Illinois, has been named a fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.

Marino has been in practice for 33 years. He and his firm specialize in geoforensics, geotechnical, and mine subsidence engineering. Marino has been practicing geotechnical engineering and performing geoforensics investigations on a variety of problems throughout his career.

The majority of his work in subsidence engineering has involved land subsidence from mining and karst. This work has included studies of subsidence risk and potential damage, subsidence-structure interaction, and design of mitigation, remediation measures, and hazard protocols. It also includes planning, mining, and abandonment stages of room and pillar to high-extraction workings, as well as related cause-and-origin investigations.

He has authored over 100 articles and publications on advanced engineering topics, and besides ASCE, he is a member of SME and ASTM. As a committee member of ASTM, Marino reviews soil and rock testing procedures. He is also the chairman of the American Bar Association's Expert Witness Civil Engineering Subcommittee and a member of the ASCE Forensic Engineering Division's Committee on Practices to Reduce Failures.

In 2015, Marino received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Association of the University of Illinois. In 2013, the Academy of Geo-Professionals (AGP) of ASCE recognized him as a Diplomate Geotechnical Engineer (D.GE) for his superior expertise and experience, strong ethics, commitment to lifelong learning, and continued professional development in the field of geotechnical engineering.

In 2011, Marino was selected as the Central Illinois ASCE Civil Engineer of the Year, and in 2010 MEA Inc. was chosen as first runner-up for the Central Illinois ASCE Civil Engineering Project of the Year.

Marino received his doctoral degree in civil engineering in 1985 from the University of Illinois. His thesis topic was related to mine subsidence and structural response to subsidence over room and pillar mines. Marino presently has a P.E. license in 28 states.