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Stark receives 2014 Richard S. Ladd Standards Development Award from ASTM
Dr. Stark and his former Ph.D. student, Manzoor Hussain, were selected to receive the 2014 ASTM Richard S. Ladd Award for their revised test method titled: “D6467: Standard Test Method for Torsional Ring Shear Test to Determine Residual Shear Strength of Cohesive Soils” that was approved in 2013.

Lecture at Drexel University
Dr. Stark gave a lecture titled: “Landslide in Complex Geology” at Drexel University in Philadelphia on 7 August 2013. This presentation described a large landslide in Francisan Melange that impacted two housing developments.

Stark receives 2013 Thomas A. Middlebrooks Award from ASCE
Dr. Stark and his former Ph.D. student, Manzoor Hussain, were selected to receive the 2013 ASCE Middlebrooks Award for their paper titled: “Shear Strength in Preexisting Landslides” that was published in the July, 2010 issue of the Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. This award recognizes a paper in the last year that “shall be judged worthy of special commendation for its merit as a contribution to geotechnical engineering”.

Katrina Floodwall Failures.
Dr. Stark, serving as one of a number of experts for the U.S. Government, provided important testimony regarding the cause of the two floodwall failures that inundated and devastated the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans. His testimony persuaded Judge Duval to write: “Dr. Stark presented compelling evidence which the Court accepts that the site specific permeability of the organic clay soil at the EBIA would result in it taking one minute to generate four teaspoons of water to flow through that clay (Trial Testimony of Stark at 3414). With this inexorable fact confronting Plaintiffs' experts, a shift in causation from water seepage to pressure as the primary cause of the uplift pressure and de-stabilization of the floodwall occurred.” Judge Duval ultimately ruled in favor of the U.S. Government and Washington Group International, Inc. in this important case.

Slope Stability Lecture in University of Wisconsin Landfill Design Course
Dr. Stark gave a lecture titled: “Slope Stability and Seismic Considerations” in annual short course in Madison on 22 February 2013. This presentation described stability analyses and case histories for various landfill conditions and slopes.

Editor of ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engrg.
Tim Stark was selected to serve as one of five Editors of the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering effective 1 January 2013. This is a three-year appointment.

Lecture at University of Washington
Dr. Stark gave a lecture titled: “Current Research on Drained and Undrained Residual Strength for Stability Analyses” at the University of Washington in Seattle on 30 November 2012. This presentation described current research on drained and undrained (seismic) strength for use in slope analyses and remediation.

Dr. Stark visits Watersaver Company & Lange Containment in Denver
On 20 November 2012 during a trip to northern Denver, Tim Stark visited the Watersaver Company and Lange Containment to discuss current and future FGI activities.

Stark receives 2011 Associate Editor of the Year Award from ASCE
Dr. Stark was selected to receive the 2011 ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering for his service as an Associate Editor.

Timothy D. Stark, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE., F.ASCE
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering

2217 Newmark Civil Engineering Laboratory
205 North Mathews Avenue
Urbana, Illinois 61801
Phone: 217-333-7394
Fax: 217-244-2125