Presentations

Invited Presentations

  • “Reactive Geocomposite Sediment Mats: Adaptable Remediation Tools,” NIEHS Superfund Research Program Risk Learning Webinar Series, via web, Nov. 17, 2010.
  • “Offshore Sediment Overpressures: Overview of Mechanisms, Measurement and Modeling,” Proceedings, 2nd Intl. Symposium on Frontiers in Offshore Geotechnics, Perth, Australia, Nov. 8, 2010.
  • “New Geocomposite Mats – Adaptable Remediation Tools,” Natl. Assoc. of Remedial Project Mgrs., Training Course Contaminated Sediments: New Tools and Approaches for In-Situ Remediation Using Amendments, Organized by NIEHS, EPA and SERDP, Washington, D.C.,  May 27, 2010.

International

  • “Performance Testing of MEMS-based Tilt Sensors,” Invited Talk, Geokon Asia-Pacific agents meeting, Singapore, April 28-29, 2009 (via video link).
  • “Seabed Sediment Pore Pressure: Genesis, Measurement and Implications for Design/Analysis,” workshop moderator, Oslo, Norway, Mar. 25-26, 2009.
  • “A New Sediment Testing Column to Assess Reactive Mat Effectiveness for Isolation and Remediation,” 5th Intl. Conf. on Remediation of Contaminated Sediments, Jacksonville, Feb. 5, 2009.
  • “Development and Proof-Testing of a PC-Based Bender Element System for Shear Wave Measurements in Soft Soil,” 4th Intl. Symp. On Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials, Sept. 23, 2008.
  • “Enhancing Lectures with a Bluetooth-enabled Pen Tablet,” Intl. Conference on Engineering Education, San Juan Puerto Rico, July 28, 2006.
  • “Using a Soil Structure Number to Assess Susceptibility of Clays to Sample Disturbance,” informal workshop, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Oslo, Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2005.
  • “A Soil Structure Index to Predict Rate Dependence of Stress-Strain Behavior,” First Japan-U.S. Workshop on Testing, Modeling and Simulation, Dedham, MA, June 27, 2003.
  • “Practical Aspects of a Reactive Geocomposite to Remediate Contaminated, Subaqueous Sediments,” 12th Pan-American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering, Cambridge, MA, June 23, 2003.
  • “A Reactive Geocomposite to Remediate Contaminated, Subaqueous Sediments,” 2nd Intl. Symposium on Contaminated Sediments, Quebec City, May 26, 2003.
  • “Undrained Shear Behavior of Clays at High Strain Rates,” Session 8A, 49th Canadian Geotechnical Conference, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Sept. 25, 1996.
  • “Rapid Consolidation Properties Assessment Using an Automated Rowe Cell,” Session 4A, 48th Canadian Geotechnical Conference, Vancouver, Sept. 26, 1995.

National

  • “Overview of ‘A Reactive Mat to Remediate Sediments and Reduce Health Risks,’” Progress Report to NIEHS R01 Grantees, webinar, Oct. 15, 2009
  • “A New Sediment Testing Column to Assess Reactive Mat Effectiveness for Isolation and Remediation,” Proceedings, 5th Intl. Conf. on Remediation of Contaminated Sediments, Jacksonville, Feb. 5, 2009.
  • NSF PIRE Reverse Site Visit Presentation, National Science Foundation, Washington, D.C., May 13, 2008.
  • “Creating a Culture of Assessment and Feedback using a Web-based Archiving and Communication Tool,” ABET Best Assessment Practices X, Atlanta, GA, April 25,2008.
  • “Classroom Experience Workshop,” The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, Pathways to College, invited lecture, Tufts University, Oct. 27, 2007.
  • “Building a Culture of Community Service in the ASCE Student Chapter,” invited talk, ASCE Practitioner and Faculty Advisor Training Workshop, Herndon, VA, Aug. 28, 2004.
  • “A Field Study of Soil Nails in Clay at the UMass NGES,” ASCE Spec. Conf. on Perf. Verification of Constructed Geotechnical Facilities, Amherst, MA, Apr. 12, 2000.
  • “The Use of Soil Nails in Soft Clay,” Session GEO6, Geo Congress ’98, ASCE Annual Convention, Boston, Oct. 18, 1998.
  • “State-of-the-Art: Automated Laboratory Stress-Strain-Strength Testing of Soils,” ASTM Symposium on Nondestructive and Automated Testing for Soil and Rock Properties, San Diego, Jan. 15, 1998.
  • “SETARIS:  A New Device for Determining Soil Nail Reinforcement Mechanisms,” presentation at the Soils and Rock Instrumentation Committee meeting, Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., Jan. 1996.
  • “Laboratory Methods for Determining Engineering Properties of Overconsolidated Clays,” Session 33, Engineering Properties and Practice in Overconsolidated Clays, Part 1, Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., Jan. 1995.
  • “Laboratory Data Acquisition:  A Practical Guide to System Selection and Implementation,” ASCE National Convention, Specialty Sessions on Advances in Site Characterization: Data Acquisition, Management and Interpretation, Dallas, Oct. 27, 1993.

Regional/Local

  • “Development and Proof-Testing of a PC-Based Bender Element System for Shear Wave Measurements in Soft Soil,” Northeastern University Research Expo (poster session), March 26, 2009.
  • “Use of Item Response Theory as a Basis for Freshman Engineering Course Assessment,” New England Educational Assessment Network (NEEAN) Fall Forum, Nov. 3, 2006.
  • “Opportunities in Engineers without Borders,” panel discussion at Northeastern University honors student orientation, Aug. 31, 2006.
  • “ASCE and EWB: Tapping into the ‘New’ Engineer,” ASCE Zone 1 Leadership Conference, Northeast Regional Younger Member Council, Boston, Feb. 11, 2006.
  • “Enhancing Lectures with a Bluetooth-Enabled Pen Tablet,” Northeastern University EdTech Talk, Feb. 2, 2006.
  • “Assessing Student Learning in First Year Engineering Courses,” workshop series presented to instructors in Engineering, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics, Northeastern University, Spring Semester, 2005.
  • “Tips on Being an Effective Grader,” invited talk, Northeastern University College of Engineering Graduate Student orientation, Sept. 24, 2004.
  • “A Rational Framework to Correlate Soil Structure to Rate Effects in 1-D Compression,” Research Seminar, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Jan. 30, 2004.
  • Faculty Workshops on Grading and Learning, Northeastern University Center for Effective University Teaching, Oct. 3, 2002 and Jan. 28, 2003. Panelist.
  • “Linking Soil Structure to Consolidation Rate Dependence,” graduate
    research seminar, Northeastern University Dept. of Civil and Environmental Eng., May 24, 2002.
  • “Freshman Central: A Virtual Space for First-Year Engineering Students,” 6th Annual Lilly Conference on College & University Teaching-New England, Boston, Oct. 14, 2000.
  • “Soil Nailing: Fundamentals and Future Trends,” invited speaker, ADSC Anchored Geo-Support Seminar, May 3, 2000.
  • “The Adaptable Analysis Method: A Rational Approach to Soil Nailed Walls,” graduate
    research seminar, MIT Geotechnics Group, Oct. 22, 1999.
  • “Soil Nailing: Civil Engineering Potpourri,” graduate research seminar, Northeastern University Dept. of Civil and Environmental Eng., Mar. 12, 1999.
  • “An Experimental Study of Strain Rate Effects during Consolidation,” Research Seminar presented to the faculty and students, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Syracuse University, Nov. 18, 1994.
  • “Using an Automated Rowe Cell to Study Rate Dependent Consolidation,” Research Seminar presented to the faculty and students, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, Nov. 17, 1994.
  • “An Experimentally Based  Framework of Time Dependent Clay Behavior,” Research Seminar, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, March 11, 1994.
  • “Transducers and Data Acquisition for the Geotechnical Laboratory,” Research Seminar presented to the faculty and students, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Northeastern University, Jan. 22, 1993.