Invigorating geotechnical engineering education at the university of Illinois

Abouzar Sadrekarimi, Nejan Huvaj-Sarihan, Scott Michael Olson

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


In recent years, U.S. geotechnical academic programs have experienced decreasing numbers of enrolled students; meanwhile, the demand for qualified, professional geotechnical engineers has increased. The Geo-Institute (G-I) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) was founded primarily to advance and promote the geo-engineering community. As part of its recent strategic plan (Geo-Institute 2005), the G-I plans to increase its membership and expand its programs for students at all levels, as well as to promote and support G-I student chapters. As part of this effort, graduate students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) recently established a G-I student chapter. Since its founding, the UIUC G-I student chapter has organized numerous educational, research, and outreach programs and activities. These activities already appear to reaping benefits by raising civil engineering undergraduate student awareness of geotechnical engineering and increasing graduate enrollment in geotechnical engineering. This study demonstrates the activities of this student chapter and their effectiveness in fulfilling the goals of this organization. Copyright ASCE 2008.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of session of GeoCongress 2008 - GeoCongress 2008
Subtitle of host publicationGeosustainability and Geohazard Mitigation, GSP 178
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
EventGeoCongress 2008: Geosustainability and Geohazard Mitigation - New Orleans, LA, United States
Duration: Mar 9 2008Mar 12 2008

Publication series

NameGeotechnical Special Publication
ISSN (Print)0895-0563


OtherGeoCongress 2008: Geosustainability and Geohazard Mitigation
CountryUnited States
CityNew Orleans, LA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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