CEE Faculty Recognized with Highest Honors in Geotechnical Engineering

Thursday, 23 March 2023

Professors David Frost and Paul Mayne have been selected to deliver prestigious lectures at the Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) 2023 Geo-Congress, a gathering of the nation’s leading geotechnical engineering experts.

“Having both of these most distinguished lectures delivered by faculty from the same university is unprecedented,” said Associate Chair and Dwight H. Evans Professor Susan Burns. “This is a momentous week for us in the Geosystems Engineering Group.”

The 2023 Geo-Congress takes place in Los Angeles from March 26-29.

Mayne was selected as the speaker for the ASCE Geo-Institute’s 60th anniversary of the Karl Terzaghi lecture series. The lecture is awarded for distinguished contributions to the technical and/or professional stature of geotechnical engineering. Mayne will deliver his lecture, “Contributions Towards Geoparameter Evaluation Using the Cone Penetration Test,” on March 28.

Mayne, a professor emeritus in CEE, was selected as the Terzaghi lecturer in recognition of the influence of his work with the cone penetration test and its correlation with the engineering properties of soil.

“His correlations of material properties with cone penetration test (CPT) data has changed the way many geotechnical engineers assess subsurface conditions and select appropriate properties for limit equilibrium analysis, settlement analysis, and numerical modeling,” according ASCE.

Elizabeth and Bill Higginbotham Professor David Frost is the 22nd recipient of the ASCE Geo-Institute’s H. Bolton Seed Medal, which is awarded for outstanding contributions to teaching, research, and/or practice in geotechnical engineering.

A photo of Paul Mayne

Frost will deliver his Seed lecture, “The Role of Compatibility in Geotechnical Interface Behavior,” on March 26.

Frost was selected for the Seed lecture in recognition of his contributions in the analysis of natural and man-made disasters, dedication to teaching and mentoring students, and ability to translate geotechnical methods into approaches that ensure public safety.

According to ASCE, “Frost has been a leader in disaster reconnaissance efforts and made contributions by advancing reconnaissance methodologies, performing detailed failure analyses for specific sites, and understanding the performance of infrastructure systems and resiliency of communities.

His International Disaster Reconnaissance course has inspired a generation of students as one part of his award-winning teaching activities. He is a gifted and sought-after speaker, and he has an extended record of service to the profession and natural hazards engineering community.”



A photo of David Frost