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Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering

Idil Akin

We study the interface between the natural and built environments with an emphasis on ensuring the sustainability and resilience of the world’s infrastructure through large-scale testing, field studies, and numerical simulations.  Special topics of interest include:

  • Scour and Erosion, including the development of new tools to assess scour potential in situ
  • Infrastructure Resiliency, including defining serviceability limit states for dams and levees
  • Offshore Energy Storage, through means such as compressed air for tidal and wind energy sources
  • Soil Improvement, including soil nailing, compaction grouting, and cementation
  • Earthworks Studies, including assessment of cut and fill criteria and engineered soil behavior
  • Seabed Mechanics, including wave-induced response of coastal structures
  • Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, including soil liquefaction
  • Modeling and Computing, including  fuzzy and neural network models
  • Granular Mechanics, including granular mixtures and discrete element method modeling


Related Courses

Course NumberCourse NameFallSpring
CE 548Engineering Properties of SoilsC, D
CE 549Soil and Site ImprovementTBDTBD
CE 584Hydraulics of GroundwaterC, D, E
CE 593SDynamics of Soils and FoundationsC, D, E
CE 593UUnsaturated Soil MechanicsTBDTBD
CE 741Geomechanics of Stress and DeformationC, D, O
CE 742Deformation and Instability of SoilsTBDTBD
CE 744Foundation EngineeringC, D, E
CE 746Soil Dynamics and Earthquake EngineeringC, D
CE 747GeosyntheticsC, D, O
CE 793BPhysico-chemical and Biological Aspects of Soil BehaviorC, D, O
CE 793NModeling and Computing in Geotechnical EngineeringTBDTBD
C: on campus, D: online, E: even years only, and O: odd years only.

Graduate Requirements

The Master of Science (MS) degree requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate study, including a thesis of no more than 6 credit hours. The Master of Civil Engineering (MCE) degree requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate study and must include three hours of independent study with a written report. This degree is also available by distance education through Engineering Online.

Coursework for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) normally includes about one year of full-time study beyond either MS or MCE degrees. A dissertation reporting the results of an original investigation with contributions to the current state of knowledge is required. Other requirements include one academic year of residence and the passing of a written and oral qualifying examination. While a formal minor cannot be designated, supporting courses outside of the major are encouraged.

Facilities and Centers

Constructed Facilities Laboratory (CFL)
Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence – Natural Disasters, Critical Infrastructure, and Emergency Management