Geotechnical Engineering is the branch of civil engineering concerned with the design and construction of foundations, slopes, retaining walls, embankments, tunnels, levees, wharves, landfills and similar facilities; and with the engineering characterization and behavior of the ground and its constituent materials

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Dr. Nina Stark Receives NSF CAREER Award

Dr. Nina Stark, Assistant Professor in the Charles E. Via Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award to study soil mechanics in response to hydrodynamic forcing and morphodynamics. “With this funding, I will work to improve methods for the prediction, assessment, and Read more…

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Field Experiment in CEE 5974 in Collaboration with VDOT

The year could not end without a last field survey, part of the field research experience in CEE5874 – Coastal and Marine Geotechnics course taught by Dr. Stark. Not deterred by the prospect of a downpour, the research team took the challenge to undertake a preliminary study of scour on the bridge piers of the VA 114 Read more…

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Visit to CSTARS

Dr. Nina Stark and Graduate Student, Julie Paprocki, traveled over Thanksgiving break to the University of Miami to visit the Center for Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing (CSTARS; https://www.cstars.miami.edu/).  There they met with Hans Graber, the director of CSTARS and one of the project collaborators in our projects with ONR.  In addition to discussing results Read more…

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Field measurements in Sydney Harbour, Nova Scotia

Dr. Bruce Hatcher (University Chair in Marine Ecosystem Research, Director of the Bras d’Or Institute, Associate Professor of Biology at Cape Breton University (CBU)), Hailey Shchepanik (an intern at CBU), and Samuel Consolvo (a master’s student at Virginia Tech) participated in a three-day marine survey in the NW arm of the Sydney Harbor in Nova Read more…

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