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Civil Engineer and Expert Witness: Geotechnical Damage Analysis of Structures, Dams, Levees, Soils, Waste Containment Facilities

Technical Consultant #1221


  • Registered Professional Civil Engineer, Illinois
  • Landslides - Design of slopes to causation analyses for litigation
  • Use of Geosynthetics in Civil Engineering - water resources to retaining walls
  • Foundation Engineering - design of foundations, settlement, and water effects
  • Expansive Soils - damage to all types of structures
  • Geotechnical design of waste containment facilities - static and seismic design
  • Geotechnical analysis of dams and levees - static and seismic design


  • Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering: 1999 - to date.
  • Director, PVC Geomembrane Institute-Technology Program
  • Program Coordinator, Transportation Networks Program, Mid-America Earthquake Center
  • Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering: San Diego State University, 1987-1991
  • Staff Engineer: Woodward-Clyde Consultants, Walnut Creek, CA: Subsurface investigations and design of remedial measures for landslides in Contra Costa County, geotechnical and structural design of retaining walls, and lateral load behavior of drilled shaft foundations, 1983
  • Staff Engineer: Woodward-Clyde Consultants, San Francisco, CA -- Liquefaction analyses, probabilistic seismicity evaluations, and seismic response analysis of power plants and earth dams, 1981-1982

Honors & Publications

  • Elected Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 2005
  • R.M. Quigley Award, for “best” paper in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal in 2002, "Liquefied Strength Ratio from Liquefaction Flow Failure Case Histories", Canadian Geotechnical Society
  • Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, “advancing the basic understanding of natural slopes, the stability of man-made slopes, and the evaluation of the strength/stability of soils subjected to earthquake loadings”
  • "Surviving on Earth: Environmental Geology and Natural Hazards"
  • 5 Patents granted or pending, Stabilized Fluid Barrier Member: Method of Forming


  • Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Geotechnical Engineering
  • M. Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, Geotechnical Engineering
  • B.S., University of Delaware (with Honors), Civil Engineering
  • J.D., cum laude, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Law
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