Conference Organizing Committee

Each year a group of deep foundation professionals from the local area are chosen to organize DFI's Annual Conference. Their responsibilities include review of paper submissions, coordination of the technical program, organizing of the exhibition and promotion of the event.

In 2020, DFI's 45th Annual Conference on Deep Foundations is being held October 13-16 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.

The organizing committee is led by Conference Chair Sebastian Lobo-Guerrero, Ph.D., P.E., geotechnical project manager/AAP laboratory manager at American Geotechnical & Environmental Services (A.G.E.S.) in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Program Co-Chairs are Jennifer Nicks, Ph.D., P.E., research geotechnical engineer with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, Virginia, and Gregg Piazza, P.E., foundation engineer at GeoStructures, in Purcellville, Virginia.

If you are interested in serving on the committee, please send an email to