Connecting Faculty in Geotechnical Engineering: Thriving in a Networked World

by Patricia M. Gallagher, P.E., Ph.D., (M.ASCE), Associate Professor; Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, Drexel University, pgallagher@coe.drexel.edu,
Sharon Alestalo, Program Director; Syracuse University, swalesta@syr.edu,
Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos, Ph.D., (M.ASCE), Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; University of Michigan, addazekk@umich.edu,
Shobha K. Bhatia, Ph.D., (M.ASCE), Meredith Professor; Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Syracuse University, skbhatia@syr.edu,
Sucheta Soundarajan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor; Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Syracuse University, susounda@syr.edu,


Serial Information: Geo-Strata —Geo Institute of ASCE, 2017, Vol. 21, Issue 2, Pg. 56-60


Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: A robust social network, defined as a group of individuals and organizations with career-related and/or personal relationships with one another, is essential for operating successfully in today's business and research environments. Geotechnical engineering as a defined discipline forms such a group. Faculty in geotechnical engineering form a smaller network within the discipline. Given the increasing complexity of the problems geotechnical engineers face, including a stagnant economy and an environment that requires interdisciplinary and collaborative teams, competition for new projects is fierce. In addition, among engineering fields, geotechnical engineering is a comparatively small discipline. Geotechnical engineers must therefore make and maintain professional connections efficiently and effectively.

Subject Headings: Geotechnical engineering | Faculty | Engineering firms | Social network

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