September 10, 2020

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Robert Bachus to Present on Geotechnical Engineering as part of AGERP Lecture Series

Robert Bachus, Ph.D., P.E. (Georgia) will present "Career Prospects in Geotechnical Engineering: Academia and Industry" as a panelist during the Advancements in Geotechnical Engineering: From Research to Practice (AGERP) Lecture Series at 6:00 a.m. EDT on September 11, 2020.

The lecture series is entitled "Advancements in Geotechnical Engineering: From Research to Practice." The panel will explore some of the key questions around starting and steering successful careers in academia and industry as Geotechnical professionals.

Bob Bachus is a Senior Principal engineer based in Georgia with more than 30 years of professional experience focused on geotechnical engineering, geoenvironmental engineering, waste by-product characterization, and the permitting and design of waste containment facilities.

From its inception as an academic subject, Geotechnical Engineering education has drawn inspiration from the experience of the practicing engineers and has developed further pivoted on the outputs of the cutting-edge research performed at academic institutions. Derived from elements borrowed from geology, soil science, agronomy, and engineering, it is now considered as a specialized subject. However, it continues to push the boundaries on the fronts of several emerging topics such as geoengineering implications of bio-mediated soil processes, mechanics of unsaturated soils, computational geomechanics, usage of artificial intelligence techniques, non-invasive geomaterial characterization, etc. From a scholastic perspective, there has been notable advancement in the theoretical aspects of Geotechnical Engineering. Nonetheless, practitioners tend to rely on transferable technologies, and follow established developments that are best suited to the field applications. The discipline has rightly been described as a Scientific Art, where a strong linkage between research and practice is imperative for its further advancement. It is envisaged that, with growing concerns on depletion of natural resources, environmental degradation and in overall sustainable development, Geotechnical Engineering is going to play a crucial role as an interface between the humanity and mother earth.

This lecture series is aimed at coupling the learnings from academia and industry on several key topics in the discipline of Geotechnical Engineering. There will be two talks on each lecture: one from an academician and one from a practitioner. The mode of delivery of the lectures is online to ensure a better reach. The lectures are free to attend, but registration is mandatory.

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