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James K. Mitchell

University Distinguished Professor, Emeritus - Civil and Environmental Engineering

California - Civil Engineer, California - Geotechnical Engineer, Virginia - Professional Engineer


Soil Properties and Behavior, Ground Improvement, Environmental Geotechnics, In-situ Testing, Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering

Education

  • B.S. Civil Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - 1951
  • S.M. Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - 1953
  • Sc.D. Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - 1956

Work Experience

  • Soil Engineer, U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station, Vicksburg, MS, 1955
  • Active Duty, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1956-58
  • Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering and Assistant Research Engineer, University of California, Berkeley, 1958-63
  • Associate Professor of Civil Engineering and Associate Research Engineer, University of California, Berkeley, 1963-1968
  • Professor of Civil Engineering and Research Engineer, University of California, Berkeley, 1968-1989; Chairman of the Department of Civil Engineering 1979-84
  • Edward G. Cahill and John R. Cahill Professor of Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 1989-1993
  • Cahill Professor of Civil Engineering, Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley, 1993 -
  • Charles E. Via, Jr. Professor of Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech, 1994-1999
  • University Distinguished Professor, Virginia Tech, 1996-1999
  • University Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, Virginia Tech, 1999 -
  • Geotechnical Engineering Consultant, 1960 -

Professional Honors, Awards, and Recognitions

  • Thomas A. Middlebrooks Award, ASCE, 1962, 1970, 1973, 2001
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, U.C. Berkeley, 1963
  • Walter L. Huber Research Prize, ASCE, 1965
  • Norman Medal, ASCE, 1972; 1995
  • Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement, NASA
  • Karl Terzaghi Lecture, ASCE, 1984
  • Karl Terzaghi Award, ASCE, 1985
  • Rankine Lecturer, British Geotechnical Society, 1991
  • Honorary Member, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1993
  • Berkeley Citation, University of California, Berkeley, 1993
  • International Honorary Member, Japanese Geotechnical Society, 1999
  • U.S. Army Chief of Engineers Outstanding Service Award, 1999
  • Kevin Nash Gold Medal of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, 2001
  • National Academy of Engineering - 1976
    National Academy of Sciences - 1998
  • ASCE Outstanding Projects and Leaders Award in Education, 2006

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering
  • Soil and Site Improvement
  • Environmental Geotechnics
  • Research and Dissertation

Selected Research Projects

  • EIGER – Exploring Interfaces through Graduate Education and Research - NSF Integrated Graduate Education and Research Project
  • Soil and Site Characterization Using Electromagnetic Waves
  • Geotechnical Solutions for Soil Improvement and Rapid Embankment Construction (SHRP2 02)

Selected Publications

  • "Practical Problems from Surprising Soil Behavior," 20th Terzaghi Lecture, Journal, Geotechnical Engineering Division, ASCE, Vol. 112, No. 3, March 1986, pp. 255-289.
  • "Conduction Phenomena: From Theory to Geotechnical Practice," The 31st Rankine Lecture, Geotechnique, 41, No. 3, 1991, pp. 299-340.
  • “Engineering and Design Guidelines on Ground Improvement for Structures and Facilities,” (James K. Mitchell and Patricia M. Gallagher) Publication No. ETL 1110-1-185, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering Division, Directorate of Civil Works, Washington, DC, 1 February 1999.
    http://www.usace.army.mil/inet/usace-docs/eng-tech-ltrs/etl1110-1-185/toc.htm
  • “Physicochemistry of Soils for Geoenvironmental Engineering,” Chapter 23 of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering Handbook, (2001) Kluwer Academic Publishing, Norwell, MA, U.S.A. (R.K. Rowe, Editor) 1088 p. ISBN 0-7923-8316-2
  • "Time - The Fourth Dimension of Soil Behavior in Geotechnical Engineering," The Seventeenth Nabor Carrillo Lecture, Sociedad Mexicana de Mecanica de Suelos, A.C. (SMMS), ISBN 968-5350-12-4, 73 pp.
  • Fundamentals of Soil Behavior, 3rd Edition (James K. Mitchell and Kenichi Soga) John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ, May 2005, 577 pp.
    James K. Mitchell

  • (540) 231-7351
  • jkm@vt.edu
  • 120-D Patton Hall
    Blacksburg, VA 24061
    USA