The Deep Foundations Institute (DFI) has named Jon Sinnreich, PE, of Load Test Consulting, as the new chair of its Seismic and Lateral Loads Committee.

In a release, the DFI says Sinnreich plays an active role in the group, as an editorial board member of the DFI Journal, and serving on multiple technical committees.

Sinnreich earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in structural engineering at the University of Florida (UF), and previously worked for Fugro Loadtest. He has participated in hundreds of international bi-directional test projects and led R&D efforts on various technologies, including ultrasonic shaft profiling. While coordinating UF research at the Powell Structures and Materials Lab, he oversaw projects dealing with wind engineering and natural hazards. He is a registered professional engineer in Florida and current chair of ASTM Subcommittee D18.23 (Field Instrumentation Subcommittee under D18 Soil and Rock).

He takes the helm from Kwabena Ofori-Awuah, PE, D.GE, ENV SP, of Koforia.

The DFI Seismic and Lateral Loads Committee focuses on seismic design and construction, as well as related concerns of other lateral load issues that apply in marine applications, ice and permafrost regions.

The DFI is an international association of contractors, engineers, academics and suppliers in the deep foundations industry with more than 3,500 members worldwide. For more information about the Deep Foundations Institute, visit