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With more than two decades of engineering experience in the Gulf South, Blake brings a tremendous amount of expertise and depth to GeoEngineers’ well-established geotechnical engineering team. “I have a strong industrial and commercial project background and have worked extensively with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the last several years. I believe I bring a good blend of technical skills and people skills,” Blake said.
Prior to joining GeoEngineers, Cotton spent more than 21 years with Fugro Consultants, Inc., where he was a principal and vice president of Louisiana operations. Blake also served as the program director for FFEB JV, a joint venture led by Fugro and created in 2007 to service the New Orleans District Corps of Engineers following Hurricane Katrina. His project experience is quite varied and includes assignments throughout the United States, with emphasis in the Gulf Coast regions of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on industrial, federal, commercial, and municipal projects.
A required college course introduced Blake to the field of geotechnical engineering. “I was in a dual-degree architecture and architectural engineering program at The University of Texas. I recall thinking, ‘There was no way a course on soil could last an entire semester – this class will be a breeze.’ I soon found out that not only could soil mechanics take up an entire semester, there was an entire profession based on soil mechanics. At the conclusion of that first course, I was hooked and as the saying goes, the rest is history,” he said.
In his free time, Blake enjoys golfing, even though he tends to spend more time in the rough than on the fairway. “I often tell people I’m out in the field taking shallow soil samples when I’m golfing,” he said. Blake also enjoys camping and hiking with this wife and two daughters.