CGPR News

  • 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

  • The VT Graduate Geotechnical Student Organization in conjunction with the Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering hosted a seminar by Michael Marasa on “Sinkhole Remediation at the National Corvette Museum – Investigation and Treatment of a Swallvette” on September 26, 2017.

  • Terracon Consultants, Inc. has joined CGPR.

  • Moretrench has joined CGPR.

  • Ardaman & Associates, Inc. has joined CGPR.

  • George Filz has received the ASCE Geo-Institute 2016 Wallace Hayward Baker Award in recognition of “demonstrated leadership, achievements, and contributions to the development of ground improvement technologies.”

  • George has also been selected to serve as the ASCE Geo-Institute Cross-USA Lecturer for 2016-2017.