Geotechnical Engineering

Geotechnical engineering is the branch of engineering dealing with the analysis, design and construction of foundations, slopes, retaining structures and other systems that are made of or are supported by soil or rock. The research ranges in nature from analytical and numerical analysis of geotechnical problems to constitutive modeling, experimental modeling and design-oriented research. Historically, the Geotechnical Faculty have continuously maintained a balance between theoretical, experimental and design-oriented research, and this tradition remains true today.

The Geotechnical Engineering area in Civil Engineering is relatively unstructured and provides freedom for students and their graduate committees to develop a plan of study that will meet individual goals. A broad range of courses are available in the areas of geotechnical engineering as well as other areas of civil engineering. Additionally, it is possible for students to take courses in geology, mathematics, chemistry, agronomy and other engineering disciplines. The Geotechnical Facilities provide means for undergraduate and graduate students to examine the nature and validity of strength and compressibility theories and their application to stability and settlement analysis. The Purdue Geotechnical Society enhances the strong bond and working relationship among alumni, faculty, students, and staff of the Geotechnical Engineering group at Purdue University for the benefit of all.


April 12, 2024

G.A. Leonards Lecture and PGS Workshop

The 2024 Purdue Geotechnical Society Workshop and the 20th G.A. Leonards Lecture will take place this Friday, April 12th. Professor Jonathan D. Bray of the University of California, Berkeley, will deliver the Leonards Lecture on Seismic Design Considerations for Tailings Storage Facilities.
April 12, 2024

Antonio Bobet selected to join Fulbright Specialist Program

Antonio Bobet, the Edgar B. and Hedwig M. Olson Professor of Civil Engineering, has been selected to join the Fulbright Specialist Program. Established in 2001 by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), the program pairs highly qualified U.S. academics and professionals with host institutions abroad to share their expertise and strengthen institutional linkages.
October 30, 2023

Lovell Lecture Series

The 18th C.W. Lovell Distinguished Lecture will be held on Friday, November 3rd at 4:30pm in Room 121 of the Burton Morgan Building. Edward Kavazanjian, Jr., Regents' Professor and the Ira A. Fulton Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at Arizona State University, will lecture on "GEO-Alchemy: Biogeotechnical Carbonate Precipitation for Hazard Mitigation and Ground Improvement."
November 7, 2022

Rodrigo Salgado receives Richard R. Torrens Award

Congratulations to Rodrigo Salgado, Charles Pankow Professor in Civil Engineering, on receiving the Richard R. Torrens Award for outstanding contributions to the ASCE publications program.
April 20, 2022

Purdue innovations enable high-quality chemical analysis beyond the lab

Joe Sinfield, professor of civil engineering, and researchers in his laboratory at Purdue University's Lyles School of Civil Engineering, have created a suite of technologies to expand applications of Raman spectroscopy – a chemical analysis technique that makes use of light to assess the chemical composition of materials.
March 25, 2021

A celebration honoring the 100th anniversary of Professor Leonards' birthday

We invite you to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Professor Gerald A. Leonards' birthday through an informal event to be held online on the afternoon of April 29th. This will be about a 2.5-hour session using ZOOM. Participation is free, registration required. There will be short presentations by six of Jerry's former colleagues or students that will highlight his legacy and connect it to the state of practice today and the future of our profession.
September 21, 2020

Eirini Christoforidou receives Geosynthetic Institute fellowship

PhD student Eirini Christoforidou has been awarded a Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) fellowship for the academic year 2020-2021 for her research proposal "Improved understanding of load- and displacement-transfer mechanisms between geocell and fill in flexible pavements."
July 10, 2019

Antonio Bobet delivers keynote lecture at rock mechanics symposium

Antonio Bobet, the Edgar B. and Hedwig M. Olson Professor of Civil Engineering, delivered a keynote lecture, titled "Resilient Extraterrestrial Habitats on the Moon and Mars," at the American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA) 53rd U.S. Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium on June 24th in New York City.
July 9, 2019

Danielli de Melo Moura receives best poster award at rock mechanics symposium

Danielli de Melo Moura, PhD candidate in the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, received an award for best poster in the civil engineering track at the 53rd U.S. Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium (ARMA 2019) held in New York City in June 2019. Co-authored by Antonio Bobet, Edgar B. and Hedwig M. Olson Professor in Civil Engineering, the work is titled, "Influence of Flaw Geometry on Crack Coalescence across a Frictional Interface in a Rock Model Material."
June 26, 2018

Anahita Modiriasari receives Dr. Neville G.W. Cook Ph.D. Dissertation Award

Dr. Anahita Modiriasari received the 2018 Dr. Neville G.W. Cook Ph.D. Dissertation Award for the best Ph.D. thesis in rock mechanics and rock engineering. The award is given by ARMA, the American Rock Mechanics Association. A plaque, with the award, was presented to Dr. Modiriasari at the awards banquet during the 52nd U.S. Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Conference in Seattle.
October 20, 2016

Joe Sinfield named Director of College of Engineering Innovation and Leadership Studies Program

Joe Sinfield, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, has been named Director of the College of Engineering Innovation and Leadership Studies Program. This program includes Engineering's Innovation and Leadership Minor for undergraduates in any major in Engineering, a graduate-level research component to fuel the program with research-derived insights into repeatable patterns of innovation success, and a service component to help enhance the innovation efforts of units and organizations across the campus.
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