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Meet 7 Experts Preparing for When Disaster Strikes

Joanna Catano’s vetting leads to safe building of a variety of structures.

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Joanna Catano

Catano is a Senior Geotechnical engineer for projects, including those involving the construction of levees, dams, highways, bridges, buildings, and water supply and treatment plants. Her specialties include foundation design, slope stability, the building of retaining walls and dams, and earthquake engineering.

Since 2014, she has been an employee at Gannett Fleming’s Baltimore office. The parent company provides planning, engineering design, and construction management serves. It employs 1,900 people in more than 50 offices throughout the United States and Canada as has representation in 51 countries.

Catano has an MS in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez and a BS in Civil Engineering from the Universidad del Valle, Colombia.

 Naomi Genota works for a leader in seismic technology.

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Naomi Genota

Genota, a Design Engineer and self-described “aspiring Disney imagineer,” executes structural design and analysis of the framework of new residential buildings, as well as renovations and additions.

With a Master’s graduate in Civil Engineering from California State University, Long Beach, and a focus on Construction Management, Genota is in pursuit of obtaining a Professional Civil Engineer license.

The International Seismic Application Technology (ISAT) based in La Mirada, California makes sure project teams achieve code compliance in a cost effective manner. It’s easy to see why the nation’s largest contractors use ISAT for their most complicated projects.

Genota, a member of the Society of Civil and Structural Engineers also has a BS in Structural Engineering from the University of California, San Diego.


A non-exhaustive list of civil, structural, and seismic-engineering links.

American Society of Civil Engineers

Society of Civil and Structural Engineers

Chi Epsilon– The National Civil Engineering Honor Society

Applied Technology Council

Engineers for a Sustainable World

Structural Engineers Association of Northern California

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute

California Seismic Safety Commission

International Seismic Application Technology

Structural Engineering Institute

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