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Dr. James R. Martin

Professor of Civil Engineering

Research Website—Risk Engineering and System Analytics Center

Civil Engineering Research Interest:
Geotechnical earthquake and foundation engineering, site response, liquefaction, probabilistic seismic hazard assessment, numerical modeling, soil and site improvement, and thermo-active foundation systems.

Risk-Related Research Interest:
Natural hazard mitigation, risk-based decisions making, multi-organizational alliances and partnerships, adaptive risk management of large-scale infrastructure systems

B.S., Civil Engineering, The Citadel, 1985
M.S., Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech, 1987
Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech, 1990

Classes typically taught:

Introduction to Getechnical Engineering
Natural Disaster Mitigation
Soil and Site Improvement
Geotechnical Aspects of Earthquake Engineering

Professional Honors, Awards and Recognitions: 

  • 2016 Bob Benmosche Endowed Professor of Risk Engineering and Systems Analytics
  • 2015 Academy of Distinguished Alumni, Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 2006 Dean's Award for Excellence in Professional Service, College of Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 2001 Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence, Alumni Board, Department of Civil Engineering
  • 2000 Edward S. Diggs Scholar, University-Level Teaching Award & Lectureship
  • 1998 Civil Engineering Faculty of the Year Award (teaching award among 42 CEE Faculty)
  • 1996 ASCE Norman Medal (November). Highest technical achievement award for paper submitted to the American Society of Civil Engineers
  • 1996 State Council of Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV) Outstanding Faculty Award. Award presented to outstanding research & teaching faculty (11 recipients from 15,000 eligible faculty in VA)
  • 1996 Certificate of Teaching Excellence, College of Engineering,(Awarded to 4 of 275 College of Engineering Faculty)
  • 1994 James M. Robbins Excellence in Teaching Award, Cumberland District of Chi Epsilon, National Civil Engineering Honor Society, (Awarded to 1 Civil Engrg. professor in 7 mid-Atlantic states)
  • 1993 National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award (NYI). ($500,000 research award)
  • 1992 Civil Engineering Faculty of the Year Award (teaching award among 42 CEE. Faculty)
  • 1992 Certificate of Teaching Excellence, College of Engineering, (Awarded to 4 of 270 College of Engineering faculty)
James R. Martin
Contact Information:
Office: 110 Lowry Hall
Phone: (864) 656-3002
FAX: (864) 656-2670
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