The United States Universities Council on Geotechnical Education and Research (USUCGER) was founded in 1985 to provide advocacy for the continued development and expansion of high quality geotechnical engineering research and education by US academic institutions. This discipline has evolved to include geotechnical, geomechanical, geoenvironmental, geological, and geophysical engineering.

USUCGER's overarching objective is to enhance both the community and the economy, and, through that, the quality of life, by the development and effective implementation of geotechnical infrastructure design techniques that ensure safety, health, security, and support the integrity of the environment, both in the United States and abroad. USUCGER strives to achieve this through interaction with regulatory and funding agencies, and by promoting cooperation and discussion among geotechnical engineering faculty affiliated with U.S. member institutions.

2017 USUCGER Board Member Election

Congratulations to Cassandra Rutherford (Iowa State) and Christpher Swan (Tufts) on being elected as the two new members of the USUCGER board!

What's New?

The GEER Reports for the 2016 Kaikoura New Zealand Earthquake, 2016 Pawnee, OK Earthquake and the 2015 Hurricane Joaquin Flooding are available now.

Congratulations to Gretchen Bohnhoff (UW-PLatteville), Kristin Sample-Lord (Villanova) and Mehdi Omidvar (Manhattan College) for being awardees of the 2016 USUCGER Special Projects Grants! Drs. Sample-Lord and Bohnhoff will be working on a project titled "Creation of a Library of Group Activities that Promote Active Learning in the Undergraduate Soil Mechanics Classroom". Dr. Omidvar will be working on a project titled "Visualization-Based, Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Educational Projects for Geotechnical Engineering Courses".

The Second Early Career Geotechnical Engineering Workshop is tentatively scheduled for either August 7 and 8 or August 14 and 15 at Case University in Cleveland.  It will be held in conjunction with the 2017 Annual Meeting of USUCGER (to be held on the morning o August 7 or 14).  Additional details will be posted as they become available.

The USUCGER-GeoCoalition collaboration has now gone live!





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