James Kaklamanos
Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Merrimack College

Welcome to the website of Dr. James Kaklamanos, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at Merrimack College. Jim Kaklamanos joined the faculty of the Department of Civil Engineering at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass., in fall 2012. He obtained his degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Tufts University (BSCE 2008, M.S. 2010, Ph.D. 2012). He specializes in geotechnical engineering, and his research focuses in the area of geotechnical earthquake engineering, specifically on the improvement of models for predicting earthquake-induced ground motions. Jim’s published work has included research on ground-motion prediction equations, site response analyses, uncertainty in earthquake engineering, and engineering education.

At Merrimack College, Jim has taught courses in geotechnical engineering, foundation engineering, earth retaining structures, earthquake engineering, engineering mechanics, and engineering probability and statistics.  At the local and national levels, he is involved in the American Society of Civil Engineers, Seismological Society of America (SSA), Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), and American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).  He is a member of Ground Motion Characterization Technical Integration Team for the Senior Seismic Hazard Analysis Committee (SSHAC) Level 3 probabilistic seismic hazard analysis at Idaho National Laboratory.  Jim was named as one of the 2017 Top Ten New Faces of Civil Engineering by ASCE, and he received the 2017 ASCE ExCEEd New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award and 2019 Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section/ASCE College Educator Award.  For more information on Jim’s research, teaching, and service, please explore the subpages on this site, view Jim’s video profile, and/or visit his Merrimack webpage.

Recent News:

07/26/2018:  Jim delivered an invited lecture on lessons learned for site response using KiK-net data at the monthly web conference of the New Zealand Centre for Earthquake Resilience (QuakeCoRE) Ground Motion Simulation and Validation (GMSV) flagship program.

06/26/2018:  Jim attended the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) 2018 Annual Conference and Exposition in Salt Lake City, Utah.  He delivered a presentation on the usage of concept inventories in undergraduate geotechnical engineering courses, and he received the 2017 ASCE ExCEEd New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award at the ASEE Civil Engineering Division Banquet.

06/12/2018:  Jim attended the Fifth Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics Conference (GEESDV) sponsored by ASCE and held in Austin, Texas.  He gave a presentation on the contribution of input parameters to uncertainty in site response analyses, and he also chaired a session on ground motions and site response.

06/01/2018:  Welcome to undergraduate student researcher Kayla Lang, who will be researching input motion selection protocols and their contribution to uncertainty in ground-motion intensity measures.  Her research efforts in 2018 will be funded by the U.S. Geological Survey.

05/22/2018:  Jim attended the USUCGER (United States Universities Council on Geotechnical Education and Research) Second Early Career Workshop for Geotechnical Engineering Faculty at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.  This workshop is intended for early career professionals to build their academic careers productively.

05/09/2018:  Congratulations to graduate student researchers Brad Picard and Nick Shaw, who presented their site response research at Merrimack's 2018 Graduate Research and Creative Achievement Conference.  Nick was also inducted into Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society, at the 2018 induction ceremony.  Brad, a research assistant in the group for the past two years, was previously inducted into Sigma Xi in 2017.

05/03/2018:  Jim has been named as one of the inaugural Merrimack College Zampell Family Faculty Fellows.  The Zampell Family Faculty Fellowship is Merrimack’s first established research fellowship for faculty; Jim's proposal, entitled "Enhancing the Prediction of Earthquake-Induced Ground Motion", was one of three projects funded for the 2018-19 academic year.  Zampell Family Faculty Fellows are a group of academics seeking to pursue professional development through a variety methods, such as: research, writing, presenting, attending academic conferences, student collaboration, and external collaborations.

05/03/2018:  Congratulations to civil engineering senior Alex Juliano, who presented his research project on liquefaction hazards in Boston at Merrimack's 2018 Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Conference.  This project was performed in conjunction with CEN 5024 - Seismological and Geotechnical Aspects of Earthquakes.

04/18/2018:  The newly formed Merrimack College Engineering Honor Society has inducted its first group of members.  Jim serves as one of the faculty co-advisors to the group, which plans to work towards building a Tau Beta Pi chapter at Merrimack.

03/01/2018:  Jim has been granted tenure and promotion to the rank of Associate Professor at Merrimack College.  His new title and position will become effective on 1 September 2018.

01/31/2018:  Congratulations to Dr. Morteza Mirshekari for successfully defending his Ph.D. Dissertation entitled "Seismic Site Response of Partially Saturated Soil Layers" in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of New Hampshire.  Jim served as the external member of Morteza’s dissertation committee.

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James Kaklamanos
Associate Professor
Dept. of Civil Engineering
Merrimack College
315 Turnpike Street
North Andover, MA 01845

Tel: 978-837-3401