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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SERDP ESTCP Symposium 2019

Dr. Nina Stark and Geotech Graduate Student, Dennis Kiptoo, attended the SERDP-ESTCP symposium held in Washington, DC in December 2019. The symposium featured a diverse group of people ranging from environmental and energy researchers, technology developers with the defense end-user to regulatory communities, all showcasing the latest environmental technologies and ideas. We were honored to Read more…

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Dunex Scour Monitoring

As an undergraduate student, Jack Popelka, did not think he would have such an immersive and hands on research experience, but he should have known that with Dr. Stark, anything is possible!  It has been nonstop researching and applying the research to get this scour monitor mounted on a pile in Duck, North Carolina. The first Read more…

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Yakutat Coastal Geotechnical Field Research Experience 2019

After 3 months in Alaska, Nick returned to Blacksburg at the end of August. In addition to the outreach program with the local school, he spent most of his time collecting a large data set. Fieldwork included: 4 weeks of almost-daily transects at Cannon Beach (transects involved blueDrop deployments, moisture measurements, topographic profiles, and SoilSabre Read more…

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HokieTalks: Coastal Geotechnics

Dr. Nina Stark with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering, gives her presentation “Coastal Geotechnics: From sand castles to sea mines.

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