Press Release

Michael Smith Joins GEI

January 24, 2019

Sacramento, CA – GEI Consultants Inc., one of the nation’s leading geotechnical, environmental, water resources and ecological science and engineering firms, is pleased to announce Michael D. Smith, Ph.D. recently joined the firm as a Senior Environmental Practice Leader for National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and related Environmental Permitting Services.

Dr. Smith has extensive experience in environmental impact assessment, project and program management, policy development, land use planning, and training/education with the federal government, private sector, academia, and non-governmental organizations. His technical areas of expertise include cumulative impact analysis, greenhouse gas emissions and climate change analysis, socioeconomics and environmental justice analysis; and designing strategies for streamlining NEPA and CEQA processes and reviews. Dr. Smith has managed and provided environmental compliance review for some of the nation’s largest, most complex, and highly controversial projects, including major water, energy and transportation infrastructure projects, approval of genetically engineered plants, commercial space transportation operations, and approval of new fuel economy standards for all vehicles operated in the United States.

He holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, an M.A. in Geography from the University of Wyoming, and a Ph.D. in Environmental and Natural Resources Sociology from Utah State University.

About GEI: GEI’s multidisciplinary team of engineers, scientists, and planners deliver integrated water resources, environmental, ecological, geotechnical and waterfront engineering solutions to diverse clientele nationwide. The firm has provided a broad range of consulting and engineering services on over 50,000 projects in 50 states and 22 countries. For more information on GEI, please visit


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