GeoEngineers, a Seattle-based earth science and technology company, has given the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s College of Engineering $10,000 for an unrestricted grant along with a $20,000 fellowship to fund coastal research.

Professors Guoping Zhang and Don J. DeGroot of the geotechnical engineering project within the civil and environmental engineering department are overseeing the research. The work will focus on the geotechnical engineering aspects in the coastal research. The research is part of GeoEngineers’ coastal initiative plan to find new and better ways to help improve and save the nation's coastline.

The GeoEngineers Coastal Geotechnical Fellowship (GCGF) will be awarded to one or more graduate students pursuing a doctoral or master’s degree in geotechnical engineering with a special focus on coastal geotechnical engineering within the department of civil and environmental engineering.

GeoEngineers is an employee-owned company of technical experts that has grown from a small consulting partnership to a team of more than 300 people in 14 offices nationwide. The firm has completed more than 40,000 projects worldwide for a broad range of public and private clients. To learn more, visit