Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Geotechnical Engineering, July, 1987. Thesis Title: Mechanisms of Strength Loss in Stiff Clays, advisor J. Michael Duncan.
M. Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, Geotechnical Engineering, June, 1984. Thesis Title: Methods of Regressive Analysis of Slope Stability, advisor J. Michael Duncan.
B.S., University of Delaware (with honors), Civil Engineering, June, 1981.
Awards and Recognitions
Thomas A. Middlebrooks Award, ASCE, 2012
Selected Editor, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engrg., ASCE, 2012-date
Associate Editor Award, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engrg., ASCE, 2011
Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction Best Scholarly, Feature, Case Study Paper, “Is Construction Blasting Still Abnormally Dangerous”, ASCE, 2011
R.S. Ladd D18 Standards Development Award, Standard Designation D7608: Standard Test Method for Torsional Ring Shear Test to Determine Drained Fully Softened Shear Strength and Nonlinear Strength Envelope of Cohesive Soils, American Society for Testing and Materials, 2011
Elected Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering, Academy of Geo-Professionals, ASCE, 2010
Best Classic Paper in Geosynthetics, (Stark and Poeppel, 1994, ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, “Landfill Liner Interface Strengths from Torsional Ring Shear Tests”), Geo-Americas Conference, 2008
Elected Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 2005
R.M. Quigley Award by Canadian Geotechnical Society for Best Paper in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal during 2002.
Standards Development Award, Standard Designation D6467: Standard Test Method for Torsional Ring Shear Test to Determine Drained Residual Shear Strength of Cohesive Soils, American Society for Testing and Materials, 2002
Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 1999
University Scholar, University Scholars Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), 1998-2001
Thomas A. Middlebrooks Award for “best” paper in Geotechnical Engineering, ASCE, 1998
Outstanding Section Campus Representative Award, Illinois/Indiana Section, American Society for Engineering Education, 1998
News Correspondent Award, ASCE, 1995
William J. and Elaine F. Hall Scholar, Department of Civil Engineering, UIUC, 1994-1996
DOW Outstanding New Faculty Award, American Society for Engineering Education, 1994
Xerox Award for Faculty Research, College of Engineering, UIUC, 1993
Presidential Citation for Outstanding Alumni Achievement, University of Delaware, 1993
Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award, ASCE, 1992
Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award for Professional Achievement, ASCE, 1991
Timeos Award, Outstanding Assistant Professor at San Diego State University (SDSU), Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, 1990
Meritorious Performance and Professional Promise Award by President of SDSU, 1990
Outstanding College of Engineering Professor, SDSU, Tau Beta Pi Honor Society, 1989
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Summer Research Fellow, Waterways Experiment Station, 1988 and 1991
College of Engineering Research Fellow, SDSU, 1987