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.


Spotlights

March 9, 2015

Milton Harr awarded French Legion of Honor

On Feb. 27th, Professor Emeritus Milton Harr (1955-99) was awarded France's highest honor for his contributions to the liberation of France during World War II. Harr served in Normandy on D-Day as a young soldier more than 70 years ago.
May 13, 2014

CE Alumnus receives 2014 ARMA Cook Award

Dr. Ahmadreza Hedayat (Ph.D. 2013) is the recipient of the 2014 Dr. N.G.W. Cook Ph.D. Dissertation Award. The award is given annually by the American Rock Mechanics Association for the best doctoral dissertation in rock mechanics or rock engineering.
March 5, 2014

Drnevich, co-authors receive ASTM's 2014 Hogentogler Award

Dr. Vince Drnevich and co-authors (Salim K. Werden, John R. Hall, Jr., Chafik Hankour, Carolyn T. Conlee, and W. Allen Marr) have been chosen as recipients of the 2014 Hogentogler Award. The award is presented for their paper entitled, "New Approach to Resonant Column Testing," appearing in the March 2013 edition of the ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal.
June 17, 2013

Drnevich receives engineering leadership award

The Indiana Society of Professional Engineers presented the first Thomas A. Morris Engineering Leadership Award to Vincent P. Drnevich, P.E., Ph.D., in recognition of his outstanding engineering leadership and ability to exhibit the highest level of integrity and ethics in all conduct, and his continuous demonstration of breadth and depth of engineering knowledge.
April 18, 2013

Pile Dynamics seminar presented to INDOT, students

On April 16, 2013, INDOT geotechnical engineers participated in a training program on the application of pile dynamics to quality assurance in deep foundations hosted by Purdue University.
March 21, 2013

Bobet elected ARMA president

Prof. Antonio Bobet has been elected as the new president of the American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA) by its Board of Directors for the period 2013-2015. The appointment will start in June 2013 after the Association's annual Symposium.
November 8, 2012

Bobet to help guide $5.5 billion Panama Canal expansion

Prof. Antonio Bobet, professor of civil engineering and associate director of the Global Engineering Program, has been chosen to serve on the Geotechnical Advisory Board (GAB) for the Panama Canal. The canal is undergoing a $5.5 billion expansion to double its capacity by 2014. The project will create a new lane of traffic along the canal by constructing a new set of locks.
October 17, 2012

Panama Canal Trip

The Geo-Institute Graduate Student Organization (GI-GSO) at Purdue University had an extraordinary field trip to the Panama Canal. The group included nine geotechnical graduate students, members of GI-GSO, and faculty advisors Prof. Bobet and Prof. Drnevich.
April 24, 2012

Prof. Bobet receives National Award from Panama

Dr. Antonio Bobet has received the "National Award for Significant Contributions in Science and Technology - SENACYT Panama" for his contributions to research. The award was presented during the International Congress Panama Canal 2012.
September 20, 2010

Prof. Bobet wins Ralph Peck Award

Congratulations to Prof. Antonio Bobet, selected by the ASCE GeoInstitute Board of Governors to receive the 2011 Ralph Peck Award for his outstanding contributions to the geotechnical engineering profession.
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