Offshore geoscience and geotechnical engineering consultancy, Cathie, has appointed Dr. Diane Baxter as US Engineering Manager.
Dr. Baxter (pictured) joins Cathie as their new US Engineering Manager. Based in Rhode Island, Baxter will play a fundamental role in growing both their US team and business. Within the role, she will be responsible for project delivery and building client relationships as well as business development and driving new initiatives in the US market.
Baxter brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Cathie. After completing her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2000, she has spent the last 20 years of her career at GZA GeoEnvironmental (GZA). In her most recent role as Associate Principal, she worked on numerous geotechnical and marine projects, including several of the US windfarms currently in development.
Throughout her time at GZA she gained experience in providing foundation recommendations, geotechnical site investigations, slope stability analysis and liquefaction analysis. She has also spent 6 months as a consultant at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute working on suction caisson research.
Robin Comrie, Managing Director, Cathie, commented, “With 25GW of leased offshore wind energy projects and build dates throughout the next decade, the outlook for offshore wind in the US is very positive. We have had a US presence since 2017, recognizing the need to be present locally for our clients and to help shape the industry. Bringing Diane onboard in the North East places us closer to our clients and projects, delivering our 75GW of offshore wind expertise where it is needed most. Thanks to Diane’s experience and technical ability, she is well placed to play a pivotal role in growing and expanding our business and will be an asset to the Cathie Team.”
Dr. Diane Baxter said, “I am very excited to join the Cathie Team and expand their presence in the US. My involvement in the US offshore wind market started with Cape Wind and the Block Island Wind Farm over 10 years ago. I’ve been watching the market develop in the US since that time, and to be able to now focus my career on offshore wind is a dream come true.”