Geotechnical/Materials Engineering

by Sophie Hayek | June 8, 2011 2:42 pm


Geotech Research banner[1]

Geotechnical faculty and research staff continue the legacy of cutting-edge research, investigating issues related to soil mechanics, geomaterials behavior and stabilization, in situ testing environmental geotechnology and materials.

Major initiatives include Iowa State University’s Center for Earthworks Engineering Research[2], an internationally recognized resource for earthworks engineering and geo-construction technologies. Faculty from geotechnical/materials engineering also are heavily involved in the nationally acclaimed Wind Energy Initiative[3] at Iowa State.

Graduate Degrees Offered (Find the program you would like to apply for)

Research Faculty

Jeramy Ashlock[4]
Assistant Professor
  • Fully-Automated Borehole Shear Soil Testing device
  • Full-scale multi-modal dynamic testing of surface and deep foundations
  • Development of instruments and techniques for in-situ and laboratory soil testing
  • Scaled-model geotechnical centrifuge experimentation
  • Soil dynamics and soil-structure interaction
  • Geotechnical earthquake engineering
  • Design, analysis and testing of wind turbine foundations
  • “Ashlock receives NSF CAREER Award for soil-pile interaction research, education”[5]
Fatih Bektas[6]
Research Assistant Professor
  • Ternary mix concretes
  • Portland cement concrete (PCC) pavements
Ashley Buss[7]
Assistant Professor
  • Sustainable pavement practices
    • Warm-mix asphalt additives
    • Recycled asphalt pavement and shingles
    • Bio-based additives
    • Adhesives
    • Pavement preservation
    • Chip seals and micro-surfacing
    • Life-cycle cost analysis
  • “Ashley Buss: Iowa State civil engineering experience comes full circle”[8]
Bora Cetin[9]
Assistant Professor
  • Sustainable Geotechnical Infrastructure Group (SGIG) at Iowa State University[10]
  • Utilization of Recycled Materials in Pavement Structures
  • Developing Guidelines for Highway Infrastructures
  • Recycled Materials in Geotechnics
  • Stabilization of Soils with Nano-materials and Biofuel Coproducts
Halil Ceylan[11]
Professor
  • Design of Portland cement concrete and asphalt cement concrete
  • Pavement analysis and design
  • “Iowa State’s Ceylan awarded FAA grant on ice- and snow-free pavements”[12]
Kasthurirangan Gopalakrishnan[13]
Research Associate Professor
  • Renewable energy co-products utilization in pavement
    applications
  • Inverse analysis of pavement systems using bio-inspired hybrid meta-heuristics and cooperative strategies
  • “Iowa State’s Gopalakrishnan co-edits textbook on sustainable pavements”[14]
Sunghwan Kim[15]
Research Assistant Professor
  • Early-age behavior of jointed plain concrete pavements subjected to environmental loads
Vernon Schaefer[16]
Professor
  • Landslides and slope instability
  • Ground improvement
  • Numerical applications to geotechnical engineering
  • Foundation engineering
Scott Schlorholtz[17]
Scientist I, Adjunct Assistant Professor
  • Deicer scaling resistance of concrete pavements, bridge decks and
    other structures containing slag cement
  • Performance properties of ternary mixtures for concrete pavements
  • Improving Portland cement concrete mix consistency and production by mixing
    improvements
  • In-situ detection methods for materials-related distress in concrete
    pavements
  • Materials and mix optimization procedures for Portland cement concrete pavements
Peter Taylor[18]
Research Associate Professor
  • Improving concrete performance
  • “Iowa State civil engineering awarded national fellowship for concrete pavement research”[19]
Pavana Vennapusa[20]
Clinician
  • Roller-integrated compaction monitoring
  • High-energy impact compaction
  • Ground improvement
  • 3-D visualization
  • Automated machine guidance
  • “Research on Iowa flood damage a top US transportation project”[21]
Kejin Wang[22]
Professor
  • Chemistry and microstructure of concrete
  • Portland cement and supplementary
    cementitious materials
  • Concrete pavements
  • Special concrete
  • Concrete durability
  • Concrete distress and repair
  • “Iowa State’s Kejin Wang named American Concrete Institute Fellow”[23]
David White[24]
Richard L. Handy Professor
  • Soil compaction
  • Ground improvement
  • Soil-structure Interaction
  • In-situ testing
  • “White, team partner with 11 states to revolutionize soil compaction technology”[25]
Chris Williams[26]
Gerald and Audrey Olson Professor in Civil Engineering
  • Asphalt materials characterization
  • Asphalt design, performance and construction
  • Asphalt rheology
  • Pavement design
  • “Williams partners with chemical engineering, industry to commercialize biopolymers”[27]
  • “R. Christopher Williams awarded utility patent for asphalt materials production”[28]
  • “Iowa State, industry partners dedicate $5.3M biopolymers pilot plant”[29]
  • “Asphalt Academic – Chris Williams” from Asphalt: The Magazine of the Asphalt Institute[30]
  • Joint research with ISU CCEE’s Chris Williams in AASHTO Research: Cost-Saving Techniques for Pavements[31] pg. 2

Lecturers

Research Scientists

Donald Davidson[33]
Lab Mechanical Technician
Christianna White
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Some Current Graduate Student Research Topics

Civil Engineering Courses

Financial Aid/Graduate Assistantships

Laboratories, Centers, and Programs

Graduate Degrees Offered (Find the program you would like to apply for)

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://www.ccee.iastate.edu/files/2011/06/Geotech-Research-banner.png
  2. Center for Earthworks Engineering Research: http://www.ceer.iastate.edu
  3. Wind Energy Initiative: http://www.engineering.iastate.edu/wei
  4. Jeramy Ashlock: http://www.engineering.iastate.edu/directory/?user_page=jashlock
  5. “Ashlock receives NSF CAREER Award for soil-pile interaction research, education”: http://news.engineering.iastate.edu/2014/03/13/ashlock-earns-iowa-state-civil-engineerings-first-nsf-career-award
  6. Fatih Bektas: https://www.ccee.iastate.edu/ccee-department/facultystaff/?user_page=fbektas
  7. Ashley Buss: http://www.ccee.iastate.edu/facultystaff/?user_page=abuss
  8. “Ashley Buss: Iowa State civil engineering experience comes full circle”: http://news.engineering.iastate.edu/2015/09/04/ashley-buss-iowa-state-civil-engineering-experience-comes-full-circle/
  9. Bora Cetin: https://www.ccee.iastate.edu/facultystaff/?user_page=bcetin
  10. Sustainable Geotechnical Infrastructure Group (SGIG) at Iowa State University: https://www.ccee.iastate.edu/bcetin/
  11. Halil Ceylan: http://www.engineering.iastate.edu/directory/?user_page=hceylan
  12. “Iowa State’s Ceylan awarded FAA grant on ice- and snow-free pavements”: http://news.engineering.iastate.edu/2013/09/30/iowa-states-ceylan-awarded-faa-grant-on-ice-and-snow-free-pavements
  13. Kasthurirangan Gopalakrishnan: http://www.engineering.iastate.edu/directory/?user_page=rangan
  14. “Iowa State’s Gopalakrishnan co-edits textbook on sustainable pavements”: https://news.engineering.iastate.edu/2015/04/01/iowa-states-gopalakrishnan-co-edits-textbook-on-sustainable-pavements/
  15. Sunghwan Kim: http://www.engineering.iastate.edu/directory/?user_page=sunghwan
  16. Vernon Schaefer: http://www.engineering.iastate.edu/directory/?user_page=vern
  17. Scott Schlorholtz: http://www.ccee.iastate.edu/files/2011/06/schlorholtz_directory.pdf
  18. Peter Taylor: http://www.ccee.iastate.edu/facultystaff/?user_page=ptaylor
  19. “Iowa State civil engineering awarded national fellowship for concrete pavement research”: http://news.engineering.iastate.edu/2015/07/20/iowa-state-civil-engineering-awarded-national-fellowship-for-concrete-pavement-research/
  20. Pavana Vennapusa: https://www.ccee.iastate.edu/ccee-department/facultystaff/?user_page=pavanv
  21. “Research on Iowa flood damage a top US transportation project”: http://news.engineering.iastate.edu/2014/08/08/iowa-state-research-on-iowa-flood-damage-a-top-us-transportation-project/
  22. Kejin Wang: http://www.engineering.iastate.edu/directory/?user_page=kejinw
  23. “Iowa State’s Kejin Wang named American Concrete Institute Fellow”: http://news.engineering.iastate.edu/2013/04/24/iowa-states-kejin-wang-named-american-concrete-institute-fellow
  24. David White: http://www.engineering.iastate.edu/directory/?user_page=djwhite
  25. “White, team partner with 11 states to revolutionize soil compaction technology”: http://news.engineering.iastate.edu/2014/09/09/white-team-partner-with-11-states-to-revolutionize-soil-compaction-technology
  26. Chris Williams: http://www.engineering.iastate.edu/directory/?user_page=rwilliam
  27. “Williams partners with chemical engineering, industry to commercialize biopolymers”: http://news.engineering.iastate.edu/2014/09/11/civil-chemical-engineering-partner-with-industry-to-commercialize-biopolymers
  28. “R. Christopher Williams awarded utility patent for asphalt materials production”: http://news.engineering.iastate.edu/2015/03/16/r-christopher-williams-awarded-utility-patent-for-asphalt-materials-production-method/
  29. “Iowa State, industry partners dedicate $5.3M biopolymers pilot plant”: http://news.engineering.iastate.edu/2015/08/28/iowa-state-industry-partners-dedicate-5-3m-biopolymers-pilot-plant/
  30. “Asphalt Academic – Chris Williams” from Asphalt: The Magazine of the Asphalt Institute: http://asphaltmagazine.com/asphalt-academic-chris-williams/
  31. AASHTO Research: Cost-Saving Techniques for Pavements: http://research.transportation.org/Documents/RAC%20Docs/hvr_pavements_brochure_2016.pdf
  32. Marlee Walton: http://www.ccee.iastate.edu/facultystaff/?user_page=marlee
  33. Donald Davidson: http://www.engineering.iastate.edu/directory/?user_page=ddavidso
  34. Professor Halil Ceylan: http://www.ccee.iastate.edu/facultystaff/?user_page=hceylan
  35. Research Associate Professor Kasthurirangan Gopalakrishnan: http://www.ccee.iastate.edu/facultystaff/?user_page=rangan
  36. Assistant Professor Jeramy Ashlock: http://www.ccee.iastate.edu/facultystaff/?user_page=jashlock
  37. Richard L. Handy Professor David White: http://www.ccee.iastate.edu/facultystaff/?user_page=djwhite
  38. Gerald and Audrey Olson Professor Chris Williams: http://www.ccee.iastate.edu/facultystaff/?user_page=rwilliam
  39. W. A. Klinger Teaching Professor Chuck Jahren: http://www.ccee.iastate.edu/facultystaff/?user_page=cjahren
  40. Research Associate Professor Peter Taylor: http://www.ccee.iastate.edu/facultystaff/?user_page=ptaylor
  41. Assistant Professor Ashley Buss: http://www.ccee.iastate.edu/facultystaff/?user_page=abuss
  42. Professor Kejin Wang: http://www.ccee.iastate.edu/facultystaff/?user_page=kejinw
  43. Graduate: http://catalog.iastate.edu/collegeofengineering/civilengineering/#courseinventory
  44. Undergraduate: http://catalog.iastate.edu/collegeofengineering/civilengineering/#courseinventory
  45. Graduate Assistantships: http://www.grad-college.iastate.edu/common/finance/assistantships.php
  46. Other forms of financial aid: http://www.grad-college.iastate.edu/common/finance/
  47. Iowa State University Wind Energy Initiative (WEI): https://www.engineering.iastate.edu/research/eri/initiatives/strategies/wei/
  48. Center for Earthworks Engineering Research (CEER): http://www.ceer.iastate.edu/
  49. Mobile Concrete Laboratory: http://www.cptechcenter.org/about/mobilelab.cfm

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