Shawn Kelley, Ph.D., an associate and shareholder with GeoDesign, was recognized as an Outstanding Junior Alumni by the University of Massachusetts-Amherst’s College of Engineering. Recipients of this award are considered worthy ambassadors for the college and have shown extraordinary effort and notable success in their careers. Kelley graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in civil engineering. 
Kelley specializes deep and shallow foundation design, earth retention and slope stabilization projects, and in-situ soil testing, among other areas. He works out of GeoDesign’s Windsor, VT office, where he manages the soil-testing laboratory and a number of different projects, including geotechnical engineering design work, construction observation services, and geotechnical instrumentation. 
Since his undergraduate career at UMass, Kelley has been active in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), serving as student chapter treasurer and team leader for the concrete canoe team. In 2009, Kelley was named Governor for Region 1 of ASCE. He represents civil engineers in the Northeast United States, including Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Puerto Rico. Kelley has served in various board-level positions, culminating in being president of the Vermont Section in 2007-2009 and was on the formation committee of the Geo-Institute Chapter for Vermont. As a volunteer, Kelley has worked on Habitat for Humanities projects, Listen Community Center Dinners, and the board of directors for the Stony Creek Condo Association.
Established in 1995, GeoDesign ( is a privately held engineering consulting firm with offices in Vermont, Connecticut, and New York. They complete geotechnical projects, construction engineering services, and environmental investigation and remediation projects throughout the Northeast for private clients, industry, developers, contractors, and municipalities.