The graduate program in geotechnical engineering and geomechanics encompasses a broad spectrum of topics focused on the behavior of soil, rock, geosynthetics, and other porous media. Emphasis is placed on integrating engineering analyses with experimental observations to form the basis of static and dynamic designs for geotechnical engineering systems such as foundations, slopes, dams, mine tailing disposal facilities, retaining walls, pavements, and landfills.
The mission of the geotechnical and geomechanics group is to:
a) Provide quality education through coursework, research, service learning, and development of communication skills;
b) Perform research that improves the state-of-the-art as well as the state-of-the-practice;
c) Collaborate to solve the important geo-issues facing our society;
d) Develop multi-disciplinary linkages between mechanics, flow processes, geology, geophysics, and construction.