New to Alpha’s Houston geotechnical group, Sunil Sirigiripet, says that “Geotech runs in his blood”. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, as Sunil’s father was in construction, and initially gave him a passion to study geotechnical engineering. In 2004, Sunil graduated from, “Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Hyderabad”. After graduating, he wanted to see how theory works in the field, becoming a Site Engineer at a steel factory in India. Sunil came to the United States to complete his Masters degree at “University of Texas at Arlington”, and has co-authored two publications for Geo-Congress 2008. His hobbies include hunting, horse riding and seeing the great outdoors with Sam and Charlie, his two dogs. The 2014 Geo-Congress is February 23-26, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.