ASCE’s Karl Terzaghi Award Presented to Mesri

September 26, 2014

Gholamreza Mesri, Ph.D., M.ASCE, is the recipient of the Karl Terzaghi Award in recognition of his pioneering work on soil mechanics and soil behavior, including consolidation and settlement analyses, shear strengths for static and seismic slope stability analyses, and undrained shear strength of soft clays and loose sands. Ralph B. Peck Professor Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Mesri is a world authority on the behavior of soils and a leader in the study of their compressibility and consolidation. Through his papers, and with his research and teaching, Mesri has contributed uniquely to the advancement of the geotechnical science. Recognized by ASCE with the Norman Medal in 1988 and 2004, and the Thomas A. Middlebrooks Award in 1992, he has served as a consultant to government and private organizations in relation to construction projects in North and South America, Europe, and Asia, including airports, offshore facilities, tunnels, hydroelectric developments, and building foundations. A member of the International Commission on Restoration of Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City, the International Commission on Swelling Rocks, the International Committee on Coastal Geotechnical Engineering, and the International Committee on Foundation Engineering in Difficult Soil Conditions, Mesri, together with Karl Terzaghi and Ralph B. Peck, coauthored the third edition of Soil Mechanics in Engineering Practice.

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