Prof. Dr. Robert M. Koerner

Prof. Dr. Robert M. Koerner

Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering at Drexel University
Director Emeritus of GSI

Dr. Robert M. Koerner’s interest in geosynthetics spans thirty-five years of teaching, research, writing and consulting. He holds his Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from Duke University. He is a registered Professional Engineer, a Distinguished Member of ASCE, a Geotechnical Engineering Diplomate, and an Honorary Member of the International Geosynthetics Society and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. Dr. Koerner has authored and co-authored over 750 papers on Geosynthetics and geotechnical topics in journals and at national and international conferences. His most widely used publication is his book entitled “Designing with Geosynthetics” now in its sixth edition. Dr. Koerner is presently Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering at Drexel University and Emeritus Director of the Geosynthetic Institute. Dr. Koerner is currently fully involved in distance learning via live presentations of Geosynthetic courses and webinars over the Internet.

Supported by the Geosynthetic Institute:

The Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) was founded in 1986 as a consortium of organizations interested in, and involved with, geosynthetics. All types of polymeric geosynthetic materials are involved: geotextiles, geomembranes, geogrids, geonets, geospacers, geocomposites, geosynthetic clay liners, geopipe, geocells, and geofoam. The organizations include federal and state governmental agencies, facility owners, designers, consultants, QC and QA organizations, testing laboratories, resin and additive suppliers, manufacturers, manufacturer’s representatives and installation contractors. GSI currently consists of 71 member organizations of which ca. 65% are international. GSI’s Mission is to develop and transfer knowledge, assess and critique geosynthetics, and provide services to the member organizations.


Mr. Kent P. von Maubeuge;
Marketing Director and Product Manager, NAUE GmbH & Co. KG

Kent von Maubeuge studied civil engineering and also obtained his Master of Science degree. For more than 25 years, he has been an active member of various associations, such as DIN, CEN and ISO. He is also a member of ASTM International and is especially involved as chairman (D35.04) in standards for GCLs. He also serves as Chairman for CEN TC189/WG6 Barriers and the Technical Committee IGS Barrier Systems. He has chaired both ASTM past workshops on GCLs as well as the recent ASTM symposium on multi-component GCLs in the States (in 2012). He is also geosynthetic lecturer on the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld and the University of Applied Sciences Ostwestfalen-Lippe.

Kent has published and presented many international papers on geosynthetics and has contributed to numerous conferences as chairman throughout the world. For a German geosynthetics manufacturer (NAUE) he is senior Director of Product Marketing/Management and is also involved with international concerns. Further involvement in the geosynthetic industry includes: Task group leader ISO 221 WG6/PG9 Designing with Barriers, BoA Geosynthetic Institute, IGS Council member and member of the Technical Advisory Committee Geosynthetics (IFAI).

Geosynthetic barriers in regulations and Recommendations in line with the ISO design guide