Owner, Macauley Trenchless, PLLC
Michelle is a geotechnical engineer and the founder and owner of Macauley Trenchless, PLLC. Prior to starting Macauley Trenchless, Michelle was the National Trenchless Practice Lead for Jacobs Engineering and oversaw multiple trenchless projects across the company. She earned her B.S. in Geological Sciences from the University of Washington and her M.S. in Geological Engineering from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. She is a licensed professional engineer in WA, OR, AK, CA, and TX and a licensed engineering geologist in WA.
Michelle has over 22 years of experience in geotechnical engineering, with a particular emphasis on trenchless feasibility, design and constructability. Prior to joining Jacobs, Michelle was a senior geotechnical engineer specializing in trenchless design and construction with GeoEngineers and Staheli Trenchless Consultants. She has been involved in projects using horizontal directional drilling, microtunneling, pipe bursting, auger boring, pipe ramming, conventional tunneling, and pilot-tube guided auger boring—just to name a few.
Michelle has been involved with NASTT since 2006. During that time, Michelle has been involved with the Pacific Northwest Chapter both as a chapter president and an organizer of the chapter’s inaugural trenchless technology symposium. She has been a contributor to the PNW Chapter Trenchless Review (bi-yearly publication) and is a regular speaker, attendee and program committee member for No-Dig. She has also presented at the Washington State chapter of the American Public Works Association conference on trenchless technology. Michelle is a member of the ASCE Trenchless Installation of Pipelines group and is helping update the Manuals of Practice for Pipe Ramming (MOP 115) and Pipe Bursting (MOP 112). Additionally, she is a member of the committee to write the new manual of practice for Direct Pipe.
As the founder of Macauley Trenchless, Michelle is excited to work with trenchless professionals across the nation and expand her trenchless expertise to other regions. She is looking forward to bringing that experience and passion to bear on the national level as part of the NASTT Board of Directors.