Biography

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

Curriculum Vitae

Education

2012, Ph.D., Tufts University, Civil and Environmental Engineering. Concentration: Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. Dissertation: Quantifying Uncertainty in Earthquake Site Response Models Using the KiK-net Database; advised by Prof. Laurie Baise.

2010, M.S., Tufts University, Civil and Environmental Engineering. Concentration: Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. Master's thesis: Model Validations, Comparisons, and Issues of the Next Generation Attenuation (NGA) Relations for Predicting Earthquake Ground Motions; advised by Prof. Laurie Baise.

2008, BSCE (summa cum laude), Tufts University. Major: Civil Engineering. Minor: Economics.

Professional Positions

2012-present: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Merrimack College.

2008-2012: Graduate Research Assistant / Graduate Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University.

Selected Honors and Awards

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, 2017.
  • Selected as one of the Top Ten New Faces of Civil Engineering by ASCE, 2017.
  • Award of Excellence, Professors’ Driven Pile Institute (PDPI), Pile Driving Contractors Association (PDCA), 2015.
  • ASCE ExCEEd Teaching Fellow, 2013.
  • Teaching Fellow, Graduate Institute for Teaching, Tufts University, 2011-2012.
  • The Award for Outstanding Graduate Contributor to Engineering Education, Tufts University, 2010.
  • Leo Casagrande Memorial Scholarship, Geo-Institute of the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section/ASCE, 2009.
  • Tau Beta Pi Fellow, 2008-2009.
  • Earle F. Littleton Fellow, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University, 2008.
  • William P. Morse Award, Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section/ASCE, 2008.
  • Tau Beta Pi Scholar, 2007–2008.
  • Cataldo Fellow, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University, 2007–2008.

Research Interests

  • Evaluation and improvement of site response models
  • Ground-motion prediction equations (GMPEs)
  • Characterization of shear-wave velocity of soils for assessment of natural hazards
  • Geotechnical engineering education

Teaching

  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Foundation Engineering
  • Earth Slopes and Retaining Structures
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Probability and Statistics in Engineering

Professional Memberships, Activities, and Certifications

Membership in professional and honorary societies:
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
    • Geo-Institute/ASCE (G-I)
    • Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section/ASCE (BSCES)
  • Seismological Society of America (SSA)
    • Eastern Section of the Seismological Society of America (ES-SSA)
    • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)
      • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute - New England Chapter
    • United States Universities Council on Geotechnical Education and Research (USUCGER)
    • International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE)
    • Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society
    • Order of the Engineer
    Committees in professional organizations:
    • ASCE G-I Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics Committee
    • EERI Student Activities Committee
    • SSA Membership Committee

    Certifications:
    Engineer-In-Training, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 2008

    Consulting experience:
    Haley & Aldrich, Inc., Manchester, N.H.

    Curriculum Vitae

    A detailed current CV is available in PDF format: James Kaklamanos - Curriculum Vitae.