GeoMo Conference 2017


Professional and Continuing Education
Missouri University of Science and Technology 
216 Centennial Hall
300 West 12th Street 
Rolla, MO 65409
Phone: (573) 341-6222
Fax: (573) 341-4992 

Guest Speakers

Dr. Richard Woods joined the faculty of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan in 1967 and is still actively involvedc in academic activities. During his 40+ year academic career, Woods developed and taught a wide range of courses in geotechnical engineering, including soil mechanics, field sampling and lab testing of soils, soil dynamics and geotechnical earthquake engineering, civil engineering vibrations laboratory, and geophysical techniques in geotechnical engineering. Woods has co-authored three textbooks: Vibrations of Soils and Foundations, Distinct Element Modelling in Geomechanics, and NCHRP Synthesis of Highway Practice 253: Dynamic Effects of Pile Installations on Adjacent Structures.

Besides teaching, Woods has supervised 21 doctoral theses and has authored or co-authored more than 150 publications that have greatly influenced geotechnical practice. Fortune 500 companies and government agencies have retained him to work on critical projects in the U.S. and overseas, most notably foundations for four nuclear plants in Brazil, two nuclear plants in Michigan, and the Tarbela Dam in Pakistan. He was instrumental in developing for Corning Glass a low-vibration foundation on which high-precision optical fiber could be manufactured. With his pioneering research in soil dynamics and spectral analysis of surface waves, he has greatly influednced how machine and building foundation systems are designed and constructed, and how geomaterials are non-destructively characterized in situ.

Woods chaired the Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering Division of ASCE in 1989 and was a co-organizer of the U.S. Universities Council on Geotechnical Engineering Research (USUCGER), as well as the Environmental and Engineering Geophysics Society. He was vice president for North America of the ISSMGE from 2001-2005. His many awards include: member of the National Academy of Engineering (2003); G-I Hero (2012), Distinguished Member of ASCE (2004) and recipient of its prestigious Karl Terzaghi Lecturer (1997) and Collingwood Prize (1969); and the honor of being chosen to deliver multiple distinguished lectures at several universities across the U.S. and abroad.

Richard Woods received his bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering in 1957 and 1962, respectively, from the University of Notre Dame. Before he became a PhD student at the University of Michigan, Woods was an instructor at Michigan Technological University. He received his doctoral degree in 1967 from University of Michigan. He was promoted to professor in 1976 and became professor emeritus in 2002.


Dr. Nenad Gucunski is professor and chairman of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rutgers University. He is also Director of Infrastructure Condition Monitoring Program at Rutgers’ Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT). His primary expertise is in nondestructive testing/evaluation (NDT/NDE) of transportation infrastructure, soil dynamics, problems of dynamic soil-structure interaction, numerical modeling, and geophysical methods. He published more than 200 publications, primarily on various aspects of the development of NDE/NDT technologies, and their application and automation. He is/was leading more than thirty important infrastructure related research projects. Among others, those include the NIST-TIP (National Institute of Standards and Technology-Technology Innovation Program) ANDERS project on the development of a systems of devices for local and global NDE assessment and rehabilitation of bridges, SHRP 2 (Strategic Highway Research Project 2) project on NDE for Bridge Decks, NDE related activities for FHWA’s Long Term Bridge Performance (LTBP) Program, and a number of other projects for state and federal government and industry. He is an active member of a number of technical committees of several professional societies, and he just completed serving as the chair of the ASCE’s Geophysical Engineering Committee.  Dr. Gucunski and his team are the recipient of the 2014 ASCE Charles Pankow Award for Innovation for the development of RABIT (Robotics Assisted Bridge Inspection Tool) for bridge decks. Dr. Gucunski received his B.S. degree in civil engineering from University of Zagreb, Croatia, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from The University of Michigan.