Dr. Baxter joined GZA in 2000 as a geotechnical engineer with specialization in geotechnical, marine/offshore, and environmental engineering. She has acted as Project Engineer, Project Manager, and Principal-in-Charge and has experience providing foundation recommendations, geotechnical site investigations, construction monitoring, earth support system design, seepage analysis, liquefaction analysis, ground improvement design, and slope stability analyses. Prior to joining GZA, Dr. Baxter has worked for Metcalf & Eddy Inc. in Wakefield, Massachusetts and Dr. James K. Mitchell in Blacksburg, Virginia on a variety of geotechnical consulting projects. Experience included finite element analysis, settlement analysis, and dam inspections. In 2007, Dr. Baxter spent 6 months at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute in Oslo, Norway, as a visiting scholar working on installation of suction cassions for offshore structures.
Offshore Wind Experience: Project Manager for the geotechnical work for the Block Island Wind Farm for GZA, and was responsible for conducting the offshore geotechnical investigation, laboratory testing, soil parameters, and pile resistance recommendations. Project Manager for geotechnical work for staging of the Block Island Wind Farm at the Port of Providence for assembly and storage of the tower segments. Project Manager for geotechnical aspects of the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal, the only marine terminal purpose built to service offshore wind farm staging and deployment.
Other Geotechnical Exsperience: Project manager for Waterplace Park in Providence RI, Brown University Aquatic Center in Providence RI, Barrington Bridge replacement in Barrington RI. Project manager for tsunami study for confidential nuclear power plant, intake tunnel settlement for power plant in CT, and dry dock reconstructions at the Portsmouth Navy Shipyard in Portsmouth NH.