International Workshop on Soil Environment Interactions Across Scales: Key Challenges for Future Geo-Engineers.

Project: Research project

Project Details


Sustainable design requires a fundamental understanding of the interactions between geomaterials
and their environment. Emerging geotechnical areas are at the intersection between mechanics,
physics, chemistry, biology, thermodynamics, and mathematics. The proposed workshop will focus
on five to eight emerging geotechnical areas, with the goal to identify a common set of required
technical skills, as well as possible gaps in current curricula. The workshop will be held
at the University of Cambridge (England) on September 5th and 6th, 2014. The workshop will
gather 40 to 50 people including faculty members and Ph.D. students, with a minimum of twenty
participants from the E.U. The group of U.S. participants will involve scholars with various
levels of seniority: a limited number of Full Professors will be invited, and and a balanced
proportion of Ph.D. students and Assistant and Associate Professors will be selected upon
review of an application package. Activities will include plenary presentations and discussions,
group work and panel discussions. The workshop will focus on undergraduate education. The
main questions that will be addressed include: What courses outside the engineering curriculum
are needed? Are changes in the basic Chemistry, Physics, Biology courses desirable for engineering
students? What knowledge of soil mechanics is needed for students pursuing a B.Sc. in Civil
Engineering with no intent to practice geotechnical engineering? For students who plan to
become geo-engineers? In addition to curricular recommendations, workshop participants will
propose two to three options of in-class activity that could be integrated in a module at
the undergraduate level.
Effective start/end date5/15/144/30/16


  • Georgia Institute of Technology (RE714-G1//CMMI-1443990)
  • National Science Foundation (RE714-G1//CMMI-1443990)


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