GZA’s Sam Despins Named to NH Seacoast “10 to Watch”: Recognized for environmental engineering and safety consulting, UNH mentorship

GZA’s Sam Despins Named to NH Seacoast “10 to Watch”

Recognized for environmental engineering and safety consulting, UNH mentorship

BEDFORD, N.H., June 13, 2018 – GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. (GZA), a leading multi-disciplinary firm providing geotechnical, environmental, ecological, water, and construction management services, announced today that Assistant Project Manager Sam Despins has been named to Catapult Seacoast and Seacoast Media Group’s “10 to Watch” list for 2018.

This prestigious award honors rising young professionals in New Hampshire’s Seacoast region for their business and civic accomplishments. In addition to his leadership at GZA of several major environmental, safety, health, and industrial hygiene projects in more than a dozen states, Despins was honored for his service as a mentor for the University of New Hampshire’s Pathways program, which connects UNH undergraduates with alumni for mentoring and career guidance, and as a director of the UNH Alumni Association.

“GZA is honored to have Sam Despins named one of the New Hampshire Seacoast’s ’10 to Watch’ for 2018,’’ said GZA Principal Ken Boivin, CHMM. “We are excited for Sam to receive this recognition for his many contributions to the engineering profession and the NH Seacoast community.”

Over his seven years with GZA, Despins has worked in 14 states, including on projects providing:

  • industrial hygiene services to food-processing facilities and aerospace manufacturers,
  • environmental compliance audits of six facilities across North America which manufacture flow-control products for plumbing and heating,
  • environmental and operational safety planning at wind-power installations in Hawaii and North Dakota, and
  • stormwater regulatory compliance approvals for several New Hampshire and New England facilities.

A member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), Sam is also studying at Keene State College towards a Master of Science in Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences and expects to defend his thesis and graduate in the summer of 2019. He earned his Professional Engineering license in 2015 and has qualified as a Certified Hazardous Material Manager and Occupational Safety and Health Administration Outreach Trainer.

Despins said: “I am extremely grateful for the support I get from GZA to be active in the community, which provided the foundation for this ’10 to Watch’ recognition. GZA is filled with extremely impressive engineers and scientists from whom I am always learning. I am lucky to work for a company that is committed to its employees’ success in both their personal and professional lives.’’