Dr. Giroud, a former professor of geotechnical engineering, is a consulting engineer under JP GIROUD, INC., and Chairman Emeritus and founder of GeoSyntec Consultants. Dr. Giroud is chairman of the editorial board of Geosynthetics International, past president of the International Geosynthetics Society (the IGS) and Member of the US National Academy of Engineering.
He coined the terms "geotextile" and "geomembrane" in 1977 and has authored over 350 publications. He has developed many of the design methods used in geosynthetics engineering (in particular for unpaved roads, filters and liner systems) and has originated a number of geosynthetics applications, in particular for landfills, liquid impoundments, and dams. In 1994, the IGS named its highest award "The Giroud Lecture", "in recognition of the invaluable contributions of Dr. J.P. Giroud to the technical advancement of the geosynthetics discipline".
In 2002, Dr. Giroud became Honorary Member of the IGS with the citation "Dr. Giroud is truly the father of the International Geosynthetics Society and the geosynthetics industry". In 2005, Dr. Giroud has been awarded the status of "hero" of the Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and has delivered the prestigious Vienna Terzaghi Lecture in Austria. In 2005-2006 he presented the Mercer Lectures, a prestigious lecture series endorsed jointly by the IGS and the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, and sponsored by Tensar International. In 2007, J.P. Giroud became Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Bucharest (Romania) and in 2008 he delivered the ASCE Terzaghi Lecture, the highest honor bestowed on a geotechnical engineer by the ASCE