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Expert in Civil Engineering

Expert ID: 736270 Kentucky, USA

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Expert earned his B.Sc. in Geophysical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 1985. From 1986 to 1991, he worked as an exploration geophysicist for Tenneco Oil in Lafayette, Louisiana and Shell Oil in Houston, Texas. He attended the University of Texas at Austin from 1992 until 1998, where he earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering.

After earning his Ph.D., he spent one year at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute in Oslo as a research fellow and two years with GeoSyntec Consultants in Huntington Beach, California as a geotechnical engineer. He joined the a prestigious university in Kentucky in 2002, where he currently holds the rank of Expert. He also spent the 2014-2015 academic year at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates as a Visiting Associate Expert.

His research interests include engineering geophysics, geotechnical earthquake engineering, soil dynamics, vibrations and humanitarian engineering.

Expert teaches an undergraduate course in soil mechanics and graduate courses in landfill design and geotechnical earthquake engineering. He is a Registered Geophysicist in California and a licensed Professional Engineer in California, Kentucky, Texas, Florida, South Dakota, North Carolina and Colorado.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1998 Degree: Doctorate of Philosophy Subject: Civil Engineering Institution: University of Texas, Austin
Year: 1994 Degree: Master of Science Subject: Civil Engineering Institution: University of Texas, Austin
Year: 1985 Degree: Bachelor of Science Subject: Geophysical Engineering Institution: Colorado School of Mines

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2014 to 2015 Employer: American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates Title: Visiting Professor Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 2002 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Asst./ Assoc./ Full Professor Department: Civil Engineering Responsibilities:
Years: 2000 to 2001 Employer: GeoSyntec Consultants Title: Senior Staff Engineer Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1999 to 1999 Employer: Norwegian Geotechnical Institute Title: Research Fellow Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1992 to 1998 Employer: University of Texas Title: Research Assistant Department: Department of Civil Engineering Responsibilities:
Years: 1989 to 1991 Employer: Shell Oil Company Title: Exploration Geophysicist Department: Responsibilities:
Years: 1986 to 1988 Employer: Tenneco Oil Company Title: Exploration Geophysicist Department: Responsibilities:

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Member, ASCE Geo-Institute Geophysical Engineering Committee
Member, ASCE Geo-Institute Earthquake Engineering Committee
UK Geotechnical Faculty Search Committee Member
UK Construction Faculty Search Committee Member

Licenses / Certifications
California Professional Engineer
California Registered Geophysicist
Colorado Professional Engineer
Florida Professional Engineer
Indiana Professional Engineer
Kentucky Professional Engineer
Maryland Professional Engineer
North Carolina Professional Engineer
South Dakota Professional Engineer
Texas Professional Engineer
Utah Professional Engineer
Professional Appointments
- Chairman, UK Department of Civil Engineering Service Committee
UK EEGS student chapter faculty advisor
- Member of the University of Kentucky Administrative Regulations Hearing Panel
- Vice-President, Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society
- Technical Chair of Humanitarian Geophysics section at the Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Environmental and Engineering Problems, Nashville, Tennessee
- Chairman of technical session on Humanitarian Geophysics at the Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Environmental and Engineering Problems, Denver, Colorado
- Associate Editor, Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics
- External Review of dissertation (University of British Columbia)
- National Academy of Sciences Review Panel for Project
- UK Department of Civil Engineering Service Committee
- UK Department of Civil Engineering Research Committee Chairman
- Invited reviewer of article for Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
- Invited reviewer of article for the ASCE Annual GeoCongress Meeting
- Review of Proposals for UK Vice President of Research
- Member of Raymond Blythe Professorship selection committee
- Invited reviewer of 2 articles for the Annual ASCE GeoCongress Meeting
- Member of UK Department of Mining Engineering Department external review committee
- Member of the UK faculty delegation hosting Kufa University visiting faculty
- Invited reviewer of proposal for the Indo-US Science & Technology Forum
- Invited reviewer of 2 articles for Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
- Invited reviewer of article for the Geotechnical Testing Journal
- Invited reviewer of article for the Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
- Invited reviewer of 2 articles for the ASCE GeoCongress Meeting
- Invited reviewer of article for the Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
- Invited reviewer of article for Society of Exploration Geophysicists Publication
- Invited reviewer of 2 articles for the Geo-Florida Conference.
- Invited reviewer of article for the Journal of Bridge Engineering
- Invited reviewer of article for the Journal of China University Geosciences
- Invited organizer of the KGEG-UK Distinguished Lecture (Virginia Tech), Lexington, Kentucky
- Invited NSF Proposal Review Panelist, Arlington, Virginia
- Invited Organizing Committee member for the KGEG Ohio River Valley Soils Seminar, Lexington, Kentucky
- Chi Epsilon National Civil Engineering Honor Society Faculty Advisor
- Invited reviewer of 2 articles for Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
- Invited reviewer of the proposal for the University of Kentucky Vice President for Research
- Invited reviewer for two articles for the Dicennial Conference on Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics, Sacramento, California
- Invited reviewer of article for the Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics
- Invited reviewer of Chapter 7 of Engineering and Design Manual, Coal Refuse Facilities for the Mine Safety and Health Administration.
- Invited Technical Chair on Surface Waves Session for the EEGS Annual Symposium for the Application of Geophysics to Environmental and Engineering Problems, Denver, Colorado
- Invited reviewer of article for Near Surface Geophysics
- Invited reviewer of article for Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering
- Invited Chair of the ASCE Geo-Institute Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics Awards Committee
- Invited NSF Proposal Review Panelist, Arlington, Virginia
- Invited reviewer of 3 articles for Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
- Invited reviewer of 2 articles for the ASCE Geo-Institute Congress (Geo-Denver)
- Invited reviewer of article for Environmental and Engineering Geoscience
- Invited reviewer of article for the Fourth International Conference on Unsaturated Soils, Phoenix, Arizona
- Invited Chair and Geotechnical Special Publication Co-Editor for the Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics Technical Track at the ASCE Geo-Institute Congress (GeoFrontiers), Austin, Texas
- Invited NSF Proposal Review Panelist, Arlington, Virginia
- Invited external reviewer of proposals for NSF
- Invited reviewer of article for Environmental and Engineering Geoscience
- Organized the KGEG-UK Distinguished Lecture, Lexington, Kentucky
- Invited NSF Proposal Review Panelist, Arlington, Virginia
- Invited reviewer of article for Journal of Vibration and Control
- Invited reviewer of article for Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
- Invited reviewer of article for the ASCE Geo-Institute Congress
- Organized the KGEG-UK Distinguished Lecture (Purdue University), Lexington, Kentucky
- UK Engineer’s Day exhibitor
- Invited Moderator for the session “Measurement of Shear Wave Velocities and Application of the IBC in the Eastern U.S.: Overview and Panel Discussion” at the ASCE Annual Meeting, Nashville, Tennessee
- Invited Organizing Committee member for the KGEG Ohio River Valley Soils Seminar, Lexington, Kentucky
- Invited Poster Session Chair at the EEGS Annual Symposium for the Application of Geophysics to Environmental and Engineering Problems, San Antonio, Texas
- Invited attendee at the ASCE Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) Teaching Workshop, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona
- Organized the KGEG-UK Distinguished Lecture (Georgia Institute of Technology), Lexington, Kentucky
- UK College of Engineering Honors Day civil engineering representative and speaker
Awards / Recognition
Hardin-Drnevich-Huang Professorship (3 years)
UK Alumni Association Great Teacher Award
ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities Outstanding Paper Award
UK Chi Epsilon Outstanding Civil Engineering Faculty Award
ACI Student Paper Award for Nondestructive Testing of Concrete
Publications and Patents Summary
Journal Articles, Special Publications and Conference Articles: 52
Reports: 26+
Invited Presentations: 19
Conference Presentations: 24
Doctoral Advisees: 8
Masters Advisees: 23

Additional Experience

Other Relevant Experience
Sponsored Research Projects:
- Drone- based geophysics to screen archaeological sites in Southern Iraq
- DC resistivity sounding for groundwater development in Leogane, Haiti
- Commercialization of an existing patent for borehold seismic measurement equipment
- Plan for reduction of seismic risks in Northern Haiti
- Seismic site response analyses at selected locations near Port-au-Prince, Haiti
- Assessment and mitigation of water-side attacks on dams
- Analysis of containment transport at selected landfills at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant
- Analysis of Wolf Creek Dam rehabilitation project
- Understanding and predicting the dynamic behavior of mine tailings dam materials
- Predicting settlement in Mine Spoil Valley fills in Eastern Kentucky
- Application of Electromagnetic geophysics technology to subsurface investigations
- Potential of rubber-modified asphalt concrete for high-speed railway roadbeds
- Construction of stabilized fly ash pads for livestock feeding and hay storage
- Review of DOE Seismic Re-Evaluation Report for the C-746-U landfill at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant
- Revision of guidelines for the geotechnical investigation and analysis of new and existing earth dams

Research-Oriented Consulting Projects:
- Geophysical DC resistivity investigation to identify and delineate karst features at a site in Louisville, Kentucky
- Laboratory and field dynamic soil testing at the Lehigh Cement Plant in Mitchell, Indiana
- Laboratory oil testing program for the Midway South Construction Project in Owensboro, Kentucky
- Numerical modeling of pore pressure dissipation for the Hartshorne MSHA Refuse Disposal Plan
- Shear wave velocity measurement and seismic site response analysis for the Hopkinsville Landfill Expansion
- Three-Dimensional seepage modeling in geopier foundation elements during flooding
- Analysis of damage caused by gas drilling in an urban setting
- Use of geophysical methods to map groundwater features in Thailand
- Analysis of damage caused by a vibroseis survey in an urban setting
- Assessing the in situ dynamic properties of fly ash
- Delineation of pavement voids using ground penetrating radar
- Delineation of bedrock features using reflection seismic testing
- Estimation of volume of in-place mine tailings using electromagnetic geophysics

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