The graduate program in geotechnical engineering and geomechanics encompasses a broad spectrum of topics focused on the behavior of soil, rock, geosynthetics, and other porous media. Emphasis is placed on integrating engineering analyses with experimental observations  to form the basis of static and dynamic designs for geotechnical engineering structures such as foundations, slopes, dams, retaining systems, pavements, and landfills.

Mission Statement

The mission of the geotechnical engineering and geomechanics group is to:
  1. Provide quality education through coursework, research, service learning, and development of communication skills;
  2. Perform research that improves the state-of-the-art as well as the state-of-the-practice;
  3. Collaborate to solve the important geo-issues facing our society;
  4. Develop multi-disciplinary linkages between mechanics, flow processes, geology, geophysics, and construction.

Areas of Study

The areas of study in Geotechnical Engineering and Geomechanics at the University of Colorado Boulder include:

  • Engineering Properties of Soils
  • Constitutive Modeling of Soils and Rocks
  • Groundwater and Seepage
  • Consolidation and Unsaturated Soil Mechanics
  • Soil Dynamics and Earthquake engineering
  • Environmental Geotechnics
  • Stability of Earth Structures
  • Rock/Soil Structure Interaction
  • Wave Propagation and Seismic Methods
  • Impacts and Vibrations
  • Liquefaction
  • Dynamic Glaciology
  • Soil and Rock Slope Stability
  • Contaminant Transport and Waste Containment Systems
  • Geosynthetics
  • Soil Reinforcement and Improvement
  • Centrifugal Modeling
  • Numerical Analysis by Finite Element, Boundary Element, and Meshless Methods
  • Systems Approach to Engineering Projects