Alan J. Esser, PE, D.GE provides project management expertise in the area of slope stability and shear strength of soils, laterally-loaded foundations, geotechnical instrumentation, and forensic studies. Alan has 41 years of geotechnical engineering experience, but his true passion is for slope stability projects. The challenge of understanding and evaluating the changes in the engineering properties and behaviors of soil is a part of what keeps Alan motivated. He has completed over 175 slope stability studies during the last seven years. Alan has a BS degree in Civil Engineering and an MS degree in Geotechnical Engineering and Structural Mechanics. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Kansas and Mississippi, and he has obtained the Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering certification from the Academy of Geo-Professionals.

Alan finds satisfaction in understanding and finding practical solutions to the complex and difficult problems often faced by SME’s clients. As Alan sees it, “Assessing the performance of existing structures or pavements, evaluating indications of slope movement, and other surface observations provide clues to the ground conditions that account for the observed behavior. Preliminary assumptions are made based on these observations. It is always exciting when our testing program confirms our assumptions. When something unexpected is encountered it is an opportunity to learn and gain valuable experience.”

Alan has been actively involved in the American Society of Civil Engineers since the start of his career and has received two president’s commendations, the Civil Engineer of the Year award and the Strong Foundation Award from the Cleveland Section. He is also a member of the GeoInstitute (ASCE) National Technical Committee for Embankments, Slopes, and Dams, and he chairs a subcommittee on Sustainable Design of Slopes and Dams. Alan has been published numerous times and has given a number of presentations across the country. Most recently, he presented “Sustainability Applied to Slopes and Embankments’ at the Oklahoma Section of the ASCE GeoInstitute Seminar on Slope Stability Analysis & Slope Stabilization in Engineering Practice in Oklahoma City.

Outside of his engineering work, Alan enjoys the occasional round of golf and spending time with his grandchildren at their sporting events or dance performances. He has also been entertaining a newfound interest in American history. Active in his community, Alan is a trustee on the board of Share A Vision with a mission to enrich the lives of individuals with autism and other disabilities by providing recreational and classroom equipment, support for trips, public outings, and such things as music therapy and swimming lessons. Alan is also a board member and secretary for the Rotary Club of Willoughby.