Robb Eric S. Moss, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, professor of geotechnical, earthquake, and risk engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at California Polytechnic State University, has been elevated to the status of Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction.
Moss’s appointments at Cal Poly go back to 2006, and before this, besides some lecturing, he was a project engineer with Fugro West Inc., a private company in Ventura, CA. There he was involved in geotechnical earthquake engineering and engineering seismology. His synergistic activities are many as well as meaningful. He was a member of the NSF-sponsored team that investigated the 2015 Nepal Earthquake (as well as the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, the 2010 Chile Earthquake, and six other major earthquakes since 1998). He developed an undergraduate course and wrote the textbook for engineering risk analysis that introduced simplified methods for performing reliability analysis within one quarter. He has been employed as an expert geohazards consultant by the State of California on the 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2018 State Hazard Mitigation Plan implemented by CalEMA and FEMA. He also performed K–12 STEM education outreach in San Luis Obispo County, CA, presenting earthquake geohazards concepts to underrepresented middle-school students.
For ASCE, he has served as associate editor of the Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering since 2011, and in 2015 he was named Associate Editor of the Year. He has also been a winner of ASCE’s Middlebrooks Award. He is the author of Applied Civil Engineering Risk Analysis (2013) and of numerous peer-reviewed articles as main writer or collaborator, the most recent being (with J. King and G. L. Fiegel) “Teaching Consolidation: A Case Study of Ground Improvement Using Preloading and Vertical Drains,” published in the Dec. 2016 issue of International Journal of Geoengineering Case Histories.
Moss earned his B.S. in civil engineering in 1995 from North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC; his M.S. in geotechnical engineering in 1997 from Utah State University, Logan, UT; and his Ph.D. in geotechnical engineering in 2003 from the University of California, Berkeley.