Dr. Rodriguez-Marek is participating in a project for the evaluation of seismic hazard for all nuclear power plants in Spain. Dr. Rodriguez-Marek is part of a team of international experts whose task is to create a seismic hazard model using all state-of-the art models. The project is conducted under what is known as the “SSHAC Level 3” framework. This framework tries to ensure that the model produced includes all defensible interpretations of the available data and models for evaluating hazard at these sites. The project is scheduled for completion in September 2019.
Professor Green was awarded the Whakapukahatanga Taiao Research Fellow from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand. The fellowship is awarded to “international scholars of superior academic research ability in any [Civil and Environmental Engineering] discipline, to work at the University of Auckland with our CEE research staff.” Russell spent July-August 2018 at the University of Auckland performing collaborative research related to liquefaction evaluation. Part of his efforts focused on advancing the recent $1.2mil NSF-sponsored research project that he was recently awarded entitled: “Evaluating Liquefaction Potential of Challenging Soil Sites: Linking Geomorphological Controls and Novel Approaches for Site Characterization.” This project is a collaboration among Virginia Tech, University of Michigan, the University of Auckland (New Zealand), and the University of Canterbury (New Zealand).
Two of Professor Green’s students received very notable awards. Kristin Ulmer was awarded the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)/National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program (NEHRP) Graduate Fellowship. Kristin is working with both Professor Green and Professor Adrian Rodriguez-Marek on her doctoral research developing an energy-based liquefaction evaluation procedure. Thomas Kennedy was awarded the Leifur Eiriksson Foundation (LEF) Scholarship and is performing his MS thesis research at the Earthquake Engineering Research Centre, University of Iceland, on the estimation of earthquake site response coefficients for engineered fills in Iceland. Thomas is being co-advised by Dr. Benedikt Halldorsson at the University Iceland.
Professor Green recently gave two invited lectures at national conferences. He was a Plenary Keynote Speaker at the Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics V (GEESD V) held in Austin, TX, in June. The title of the presentation was “The Influence of the Non-Liquefied Crust on the Severity of Surficial Liquefaction Manifestations.” Additionally, he was a Themed Session Speaker at the 11th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering (11NCEE) held in Los Angeles, CA, in June. The title of the presentation was: “Liquefaction Hazard due to Induced Seismicity: Overview of the Pilot Study Being Performed for the Groningen Region of the Netherlands.”
Professor Green was recently awarded a grant from the US Geological Survey entitled: “Evaluating Liquefaction Triggering Potential from Induced Seismicity.” Tyler Quick is the doctoral student working on this project and he is being co-advised by Professor James K. Mitchell.
Dr. Rodriguez-Marek is the co-chair of the upcoming 5th Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics conference to be held I Austin from June 10 to 13. GEESD V 2018 builds upon the success of past events in Sacramento CA (2008), Seattle WA (1998), Park City UT (1988), and Pasadena CA (1978). As it was the case in the previous GEESD conferences, this event will bring together practicing geo-professionals, researchers, and students from around the world to share the latest advances in practice and research in geotechnical earthquake engineering. For information, see http://www.geesdconference.org/
Jim Mitchell is a member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Committee on Geological and Geotechnical Engineering. COGGE is the focal point within NASEM’s Board on Earth Sciences and Resources for scientific, technical, and public-policy issues pertaining to the engineering applications of Earth Sciences. The committee’s scope encompasses Earth processes and materials, including the mechanics of rock and soil, and focuses on safe and responsible human development, risk assessment, and mitigation of natural and anthropogenic hazards.
Jim Mitchell works with NSF Workshop on Geotechnical Fundamentals in the Face of New World Challenges, which was held in the summer of 2016. Details of this workshop including scope, objectives, participants, presentations and white papers which can be found at NSF Workshop on Geotechnical Fundamentals in the Face of New World Challenges. Jim Mitchell is working with chapter authors in co-editing this material into a book that summarizes current knowledge in fundamental understanding, gaps, and the role of geotechnology in addressing the global challenges.
Emeritus Professor Jim Mitchell is currently serving as a member of the Science Advisory Board for the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center on Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics. This center, involving faculty and student researchers at four universities (Arizona State, UC Davis, Georgia Tech, New Mexico State), focuses on developing ecologically friendly, cost-effective solutions, inspired by nature, for development and rehabilitation of resilient and sustainable civil infrastructure systems using biologically-based phenomena and designs.
Dr. Nina Stark is the recipient of an NSF Career Award.
Nina Stark has been selected to receive a 2018 Young Investigator Award from the Office of Naval Research.
George M. Filz, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, a recognized leader in geotechnical engineering, has been named to the 2017 class of ASCE Distinguished Members for his outstanding contributions to deep soil mixing