Rodrigo Salgado

Charles Pankow Professor in Civil Engineering

Purdue University
Lyles School of Civil Engineering
550 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2051

Office: HAMP G235
Phone: (765) 494-5030


Specialty Area(s)


J.D. (cum laude), Indiana University, 2022
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1993
M.S., University of California at Berkeley, 1990
B.S., Universidade Federal do Rio Grande Do Sul, 1986

Research Interests
Prof. Salgado is the author of 120 journal publications, 81 conference publications, 30 technical reports and the text The Engineering of Foundations. He has supervised 27 Ph.D. students to completion and has been the recipient of prestigious awards, including the ICE Geotechnical Research Medal (2015), the Outstanding Reviewer Award from Computers and Geotechnics (2015), the IACMAG Excellent Contributions Award (2008), the Prakash Research Award (2005), the ASCE Huber Research Prize (2004), and the ASCE Arthur Casagrande Award (1999). He has also been an invited participant of the U.S. and U.S.-China editions of the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. He is a Fellow of ASCE and has been inducted into the GeoAcademy. He is an Editor of the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvioronmental Engineering and serves on the editorial boards of several top journals. Prof. Salgado's interests lie in geomechanics, foundation engineering, computational mechanics, constitutive modeling and offshore and energy engineering.

Selected Research Projects

  • Experimental Study of the Load Response of Large-Diameter Steel Pipe Piles, JTRP (FHWA-INDOT)
  • Experimental Investigation of Deep Penetration in Sand, NSF
  • Pile Driving Analysis for Design and Quality Assurance, JTRP (FHWA-INDOT)
  • Assessment of the Performance of MSE Abutment Walls in Indiana, JTRP (FHWA-INDOT)
  • Moisture-Strength-Constructability Guidelines for Subgrade Foundation Soils Found in Indiana

Teaching Activity
CE 383 Geotechnical Engineering I

CE 483 Geotechnical Engineering II

CE 580 Advanced Soil Mechanics

CE 585 Dams

CE 587 Soil Dynamics

CE 680 Theoretical Soil Mechanics

CE 683 Advanced Foundation Engineering

CE 687 Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering

CE 697A  Plasticity Theory

CE 697B  Special Foundations

Honors & Awards
Computers and Geotechnics Outstanding Reviewer, Elsevier, 2015 Geotechnical Research Medal, Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), 2015 (best ICE geotechnical engineering paper, published in Géotechnique in 2014) Distinguished Visiting Researcher, CAPES, Brazil, selected in 2013 Distinguished Foreign Expert (1000 Scholars Plan of the Chinese Federal Government), selected in 2013 (unable to participate due to time constraints) Diplomate, Academy of Geoprofessionals, ASCE, 2012 Southeast University Fellow, Southeast University, China, 2011 Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE, elected in 2011 Invited Participant, NAE U.S.-China Frontiers of Engineering Program, 2009 Invited Paper to the 60th Anniversary Issue of Géotechnique Excellent Contributions Award, IACMAG, 2008 Invited Participant, NAE Frontiers of Engineering Program, 2005 Shamsher Prakash Research Award, 2005 ASCE Walter L. Huber Research Prize, 2004 Gledden Senior Fellowship, University of Western Australia, 2000 ASCE Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award, 1999 National Science Foundation Research Initiation Award, 1994 Parker-Trask Graduate Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley, 1989-90

Selected Publications

  • Arshad, M., Tehrani, F., Prezzi, M., and Salgado, R., (2014). "Experimental study of cone penetration in sand using digital image correlation." Géotechnique, 64(7), 551-569. Winner of the Geotechnical Research Medal from the Institution of Civil Engineers for the best geotechnical paper published by ICE in 2014.
  • Woo, S.I., and Salgado, R., (2015). "Bounding surface modeling of sand with consideration of fabric and its evolution during shearing." International Journal of Solids and Structures, 63, 277-288.
  • Salgado, R., Loukidis, D., Abou-Jaoude, G., and Zhang, Y., (2015). "The role of soil stiffness non-linearity in 1-D pile driving simulations." Géotechnique, 65(3), 169-187.
  • Tehrani, F., Han, F., Salgado, R., Prezzi, M., Dario Tovar, R., and Galvis-Castro, A., (2016). "Effect of surface Roughness on the shaft resistance of non-displacement piles embedded in sand." Géotechnique 66(5), 386-400.
  • Han, F., Salgado, R., Prezzi, M., Lim, J., (2017). "Shaft and base resistance of non-displacement piles in sand." Computers and Geotechnics.