Service Activities

(bold denotes leadership position)

Service to the Institution


  • Coordinator and Self-Study report writer, ABET accreditation visit, 2007
  • Director, Department Undergraduate Program and Undergraduate Advisor, Fall, 1998-Present
  • Instructor, Chi Epsilon F.E. review course, 2008-present
  • Chair, Website Redesign Group, 2005-2006
  • Chair, Structures Faculty Search Committee, 2005-2006
  • Department Scholarship Committee, 1996-Present
  • Department Graduate Committee, 1995-2000.
  • Civil Engineering Strategic Planning Committee, 1994-1995


  • College Faculty Council Charter Working Group, 2010
  • Chair, COE Undergraduate Program Review Committee, 2009
  • Centennial Events Committee, 2008-2009
  • ABET Working Group, 2006-Present
  • Jonas Chalk Column Editorial Team, 2000-2005
  • College Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, 2001-Present
  • Open House Participant and Coordinator, 1995-Present
  • Co-Developer, Minor in Materials Science, 2004
  • Participant, Connections/Building Bridges Outreach Programs, 1999-2008
  • College Faculty Council, 1998-1999
  • College Awards Committee, 1997-2000
  • Chair, College Academic Standing Committee, 1996-1997
  • College Academic Standing Committee, 1994-1995


  • Member, ADVANCE external mentor working group, 2008-2010
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation visit, Standard 4 committee, 2007-2008
  • Chair, Faculty Senate General Education Implementation Committee, 2007-2008
  • Faculty Senate General Education Implementation Committee, 2006-2007
  • Drafted assessment plan for university-wide General Education
    • Reviewed Science and Technology Domain courses for inclusion
  • Faculty Development Committee on reform of the Teaching Evaluation
    Process, 2005-2006
  • Chair Search Committee, Dept. of Communications Studies, 1998-1999
  • University Teaching and Learning Commission, 1995-1996

Service to the Discipline/Profession

Professional Offices Held:

  • Co-Organizer, NSF Project Workshop on Offshore Geohazards and Coastal Risk Assessment: Characterization, Uncertainties, Resiliency, and Preparedness, Boston, MA, Sept. 16-17, 2011.
  • Associate Editor, ASCE Jnl. of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Eng’g., 2011-Present
  • Co-Organizer, Seabed Sediment Pore Pressure: Genesis, Measurement
    and Implications for Design/Analysis, NSF-sponsored workshop, Oslo, Norway, Mar. 25-26, 2009.
  • Co-Editor, ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal, 2002-2008
  • ABET Accreditation Program Evaluator (attended training April 26-27, 2008, Charlotte, NC)
  • Editorial Board Member, ASTM Geotechnical Testing Jnl., 1998-2002
  • Editorial Board Member, ASCE Jnl. of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental
    ., 1997-2003
  • Member, Soil Properties Committee, Geo-Institute, ASCE
  • Member, Committee D-18 on Soil and Rock, ASTM
  • Chair, TRB Committee AFS20, Soils and Rock Instrumentation, 2000-2006
    (member since 1994)
  • Member, TRB Committee AFP30, Committee on Soil and Rock Properties, 1997-2006
  • Technical Affiliate, ADSC: The Intl. Association of Foundation Drilling

Professional Society Specific Event Contributions:

  • Organizing Committee, Annual Meeting of the NIEHS Superfund Research
    Program, Portland, Oregon, Nov. 8-10, 2010.
  • Organizing Committee, Annual Meeting of the NIEHS Superfund Research
    Program, New York, NY, Nov. 2-5, 2009.
  • Co-Organizer, Seabed Sediment Pore Pressure: Genesis, Measurement
    and Implications for Design/Analysis, NSF-sponsored workshop, Oslo, Norway, Mar. 25-26, 2009.
  • Organizing Committee, 7th International Symposium on Field Measurements
    in Geomechanics, Boston, MA, Sept. 24-27, 2007. Sponsorship chair and
    Moderator, “Buildings and Benefits,” Session III.
  • Invited Attendee, First Japan-U.S. Workshop on Testing, Modeling and
    Simulation, Dedham, MA, June 27-29, 2003. Paper presentation and recorder in
    session titled “Stress-strain behavior and residual strains obtained from
    cyclic loading.”
  • Organizing Committee Member, 12th Pan-American Conference on Soil
    Mechanics and Foundation Engineering, Cambridge, MA, June 22-26, 2003. Paper
    presentation and co-chair, Session 3.1, “Groundwater seepage problems.”
  • Invited Attendee, Joint Agencies National Workshop on Future Sensing
    Systems, Lake Tahoe, NV, August 2002.
  • Organizing Committee Member, Soil Behavior and Soft Ground Construction Symposium, MIT, Boston, Oct. 5-6, 2001. Proceedings published in ASCE
    Geotechnical Special Publication No. 119.
  • Invited Attendee, ADSC Civil Engineering Faculty Workshop, Ft. Collins, CO, July, 2000.
  • Organizer and moderator, Session 84, Engineering, Planning, and
    Installation for Large-Scale Geotechnical Field Projects
    , TRB Annual Mtg., Washington, D.C, Jan. 1999.
  • Co-Organizer, Measuring and Modeling Time-Dependent Soil Behavior, Parts
    I and II
    , ASCE Annual Convention, Washington, D.C., Nov. 1996. Proceedings
    published in Measuring and Modeling Time Dependent Soil Behavior, ASCE
    Geotechnical Special Publication No. 61.
  • Organizer, Sessions 21 and 52A, Small Magnitude Measurements in
    Geotechnical Engineering
    ,TRB Annual Mtg., Washington, D.C, Jan. 1996.
    Proceedings published in Transp. Res. Record No. 1432.

Other Professional Activities:

  • National Science Foundation, Panel Reviewer
    • Civil and Mechanical Systems, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2012
    • Pan-American Advanced Studies Institutes Program (OISE), 2007
    • Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation Division, 2007
    • OISE Electronic Review, Jan. 2012
    • NSF DUE TUES (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Review Panel Chair, April 2011
  • NIEHS Superfund Research Program, P42 Program Review Panel, Oct. 11-12, 2011
  • Ocean Leadership Program Travel grant awardee (to attend Integrated Ocean Drilling Planning Workshop, INVEST), Bremen, Sept. 22-25, 2009
  • Attendee, New England Educational Assessment Network (NEEAN) Fall Forum, Nov. 3, 2006, WPI, Worcester, MA.
  • Louisiana Board of Regents
    • Pilot Funding for New Research, corresponding proposal reviewer, 2008.
    • Research Competitiveness Subprogram, corresponding proposal reviewer, 2006.
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, corresponding proposal reviewer, 2006.
  • Instructor, Soil Mechanics, Northeastern University Continuing Education, F.E. Review Course, 1998-2003, 2005-2007.
  • Instructor, Soils and Foundations, Parts I, II and III, Northeastern University Continuing Education, P.E. Review Course, 1995-2003, 2005-2007.
  • Hong Kong Research Grants Council, Corresponding Panel Reviewer, 2004.
  • Attendee, Best Assessment Practices IV, March 1-2, 2004, Rose-Hulman Inst. of Technology, Terre Haute, IN
  • Massachusetts Port Authority Designer Selection Panel member, May, 2000-May, 2004
    • Selection of engineering design firms for capital improvement projects
  • Judge, ACEC Engineering Excellence Awards (Massachusetts), 2002.
  • Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, reviewer for Environmental Science and Engineering grants, Texas Advanced Research/Advanced Technology Programs 1999
  • Reviewed papers for publication in the following journals and other peer review publications:
    • ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
    • ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics
    • ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering
    • ASCE Natural Hazards Review
    • ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal and Journal of Testing and Evaluation
    • Canadian Geotechnical Journal
    • Géotechnique
    • International Journal of Engineering Education
    • Journal of Contaminant Hydrology (Elsevier)
    • Journal of Engineering Education
    • TRB Journal of the Transportation Research Board
    • Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section of ASCE, Civil Engineering
    • Marine Georesources and Geotechnology
    • IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering
  • Reviewed papers for the following conference proceedings:
    • ASCE Geo-Institute GeoCongress 2012, Oakland, CA, March, 2012.
    • 2nd International Symposium on Frontiers in Offshore Geotechnics, Perth, Australia, 2010.
    • ASCE 7th International Symposium on Field Measurements in Geomechanics, Boston, MA, Sept. 2007.
    • ASCE Geo-Institute Specialty Conference, GeoTrans2004, Los Angeles, July, 2004.
    • ASCE Geotech. Spec. Publication No. 125 (honoring George G. Goble), 2004.
    • 12th Pan-American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering, Cambridge, MA, June, 2003.
    • ASCE Geo-Institute Specialty Conference, Amherst 2K: Performance Confirmation of Constructed Geotechnical Facilities, Amherst, MA, Apr. 2000.
    • ASTM Special Technical Publication No. 1374, Geotechnics of High Water Content Materials, Jan., 1999.
    • Proceedings, 4th Intl. Symposium on Env. Geotechnology and Global Sustainable Development (Associate Editor), Aug., 1998.
    • ASTM Special Technical Publication No. 1350, Nondestructive and Automated Testing for Soil and Rock Properties, Jan., 1998.
    • ASCE Specialty Conference, Uncertainty in the Geologic Environment: From Theory to Practice, Madison, WI, Aug., 1996.
    • ASCE Sessions on Behavior of Gravelly Soils, San Diego, Oct., 1995.
    • ASCE Sessions on Application of Fracture Mechanics in Geotechnical Engineering, Atlanta, GA, Oct., 1994.
    • Settlement ’94: ASCE Specialty Conference on Vertical and Horizontal Deformations of Foundations and Embankments, College Station, TX, June 16-18, 1994.