The geotechnical engineering program prepares students for careers as engineers and researchers in the areas of geomechanics, foundation engineering, earthquake engineering and environmental geotechnology. There are many opportunities available for both research and study in both theoretical and experimental geotechnical problems.
Research emphasis in transportation systems include:
- Modeling traffic operations
- Development of signal control logics
- Traffic safety
- Development of intelligent transportation systems
The geotechnical program operates the Geomechanics Research Laboratory, which houses a wide array of unique experimental systems to conduct both laboratory and field testing of geotechnical problems. The testing equipment and instrumentation include a number of specialized sensors, custom testing setups and a variety of loading systems, such as:
- A 20 kip hydraulic closed-loop servo-valve-controlled axial-torsional system with an electro-pneumatic closed-loop-controlled system and a 200 kip closed-loop-controlled stepping motor system
- A flexible-wall model soil container for use on a shaking table
Most laboratory testing setups are fully equipped with computer-based data acquisition systems. In-situ testing devices are also available for both teaching and research.