James Martin has been named chair of Clemson University’s Glenn Department of Civil Engineering. He comes from Virginia Tech, where he is currently a professor of civil and environmental engineering (CEE) and director of the Disaster Risk Management Institute (DRM). Martin has served on the CEE faculty since 1990. His main research and teaching interests include geotechnical earthquake and foundation engineering, soil and site improvement, seismic hazard analysis, and thermo-active foundations. He has directed field and laboratory engineering research programs for national funding agencies and private sponsors for more than 20 years. Martin also frequently performs post-event field investigations of large-scale worldwide disasters.
“Jimmy’s dynamic leadership and experience in collaborative research will be invaluable assets in moving the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering forward,” observes College of Engineering and Science acting dean, Martine LaBerge.
“It’s an exciting time to be joining the Clemson team,” states Martin. “We have an active and engaged faculty that have outstanding reputations in research and scholarship,” states Martin. “Clemson is rising quickly and we have an amazing future ahead of us. I can’t wait to get started working with them to help build that future."
A primary focus of Martin’s research and professional work has been directed toward the advancement of building code provisions in the central and eastern United States to reduce regional earthquake risks. In recent years, he led efforts at Virginia Tech to develop the DRM institute, a university research center and graduate education program that reaches across disciplinary boundaries to address emerging global disaster risk and resilience challenges. DRM integrates faculty from 4 different colleges and 5 departments, including researchers from engineering & environmental, social, and economic sciences.
Martin has provided professional services for more than 75 different private firms and agencies, such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, (USACE), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC).
Martin has received numerous national, state, and university awards for teaching, research, and professional service, including the American Society of Civil Engineer’s Norman Medal.
He received the B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. He completed M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in civil and environmental engineering from Virginia Tech.