Clarkson University President Tony Collins has announced that Khiem Tran has been granted tenure and promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of civil & environmental engineering in the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering.
Tran’s research areas include Geophysical Testing and Evaluation, as well as Foundation Design and Capacity Assessment. He mostly focuses on geophysical testing for material imaging and characterization at various length scales from millimeters to hundreds of meters, as well as foundation dynamics and monitoring for integrity and capacity assessment.
Tran has been the PI or co-PI for a number of research projects funded by the National Science Foundation, Federal Highway Administration, US Army Corps of Engineers, and State Departments of Transportation for a total of more than 1.1 million US dollars in the last 5 years. The funded research has addressed challenging engineering related problems such as geotechnical site characterization, detection of embedded voids (sinkholes, mine workings) and buried objects (unknown foundations, bridge abutments), as well as an assessment of deep foundation capacity and integrity.
Tran has published 19 peer-reviewed articles in respected journals and has presented his research findings at more than 20 national and international conferences. One of his publications was the Editor’s Choice Paper for 2017 in Canadian Geotechnical Journal.
He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), and the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE). He is also a member of TRB Geotechnical Site Characterization (AFP-20) and Geo-Institute Geophysical Engineering committees. He currently serves as Associate Editor for ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering.
Before coming to Clarkson, Tran was a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering at the University of Florida. He received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from the National University of Civil Engineering in Vietnam, and his master of science and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.