Deborah J. Goodings, P.Eng.

Professor, Geotechnical Engineering Program
Co-Director of Engineering and Public Policy

Department of Civil Engineering
University of Maryland,
College Park, MD. 20742

Phone: 301-405-1960
Fax:     301-405-2585




Professional and Academic Appointments



University of Maryland, College Park, MD                                   1981 - present

·        Geotechnical Engineering Professor, Department of Civil and  Environmental Engineering

·        Co-Director, Engineering and Public Policy program            2004 – present

·        Faculty Advisor, Engineers Without Borders – UMCP           2004 - present

·        Affiliate Professor, Department of Fire Protection Engineering 

                                                                                                            2003 - present

·        Affiliate Professor, School of Public Policy                              2005 - present

      Associate Chairman, Dept of Civil and Env Engineering       2001 - 2003


Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK                                                            

·        Visiting Professor, Engineering Department                               8/96 - 8/97                      

·        By-Fellow, Churchill College                                                          8/96 - 8/97       

·        Graduate Research Assistant, Geotechnical Engineering Group,

                          Engineering Department                                         10/75 - 4/79                                                                                    

University of Colorado, Boulder, CO                                                8/86 - 7/87

·        Visiting NSF Professorship, Civil, Environmental and

                                                      Architectural Engineering Department



·        Tippetts-Abbett-McCarthy-Stratton, N.Y., Geotechnical Eng.        4/79 - 12/80

·        Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, CA, Geotechnical Eng.    6/76 - 12/76   

·        Acres Engineering, Canada, Junior Engineer                                5/75 -   8/75


Academic Awards  



  • Distinguished Service Award, 2003, U.S. Universities Council on Geotechnical Engineering Research
  • Fellow, 2002, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Fred Burggraf Award, 1984, Transportation Research Board of the National Research Council
  • U.S. Army 1979 Outstanding Civilian Service Medal 



  • 2005, A. James Clark School of Engineering Outstanding Service Award for faculty leadership in Engineers Without Borders-UMCP
  • 2001 Nominee for Outstanding Faculty Award, University of Maryland Parents Association
  • 1992- Best Teacher - Department of Civil Engineering
  • 1982- ASCE-MD Student Chapter award for contribution to personal and professional development of students.




    Areas of Expertise:


·         geotechnical engineering;

·         embankment dam design;

·         contaminant fate and transport;

·         cold regions geotechnique;

·         bridge scour;

·         extreme heat geotechnique;

·         reinforced soil; sinkholes;

·         grouting;

·         cratering by explosives;

·         small scale geotechnical centrifuge modelling and scale effects;

·         slope stability;

·         soil strength characterization;

·         sustainable development engineering


·         women in engineering;

·         engineering and public policy;

·         international development/humanitarian engineering


    External Research Sponsorship:    U.S. National Science Foundation; U.S.      

     Army Research Office; U.S. Office of Naval Research; U.S. Air Force Office of 

     Scientific Research; Maryland State Highway Administration; U.S. Army

     Waterways Experiment Station; National Air and Space Administration;

     American Society of Civil Engineers.



           > 50 technical publications; selected list given below


Professional Service:


   Membership in professional organizations:


   Committee memberships and offices:

  • Member, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Civil Engineering Grant Committee, 2006 to 2009

  • Member, Army Research Office Board of Visitors Biennial Environmental Sciences Review Committee, 2005
  • Member, National Academics/National Research Council Committee on Geological and Geotechnical Engineering in the New Millennium, 2003-2005
  • President, U.S. Universities Council on Geotechnical Engineering Research Executive Board, 2001-2003.
  • Member, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Visiting Committee for Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1997 - 2003.
  • Transportation Research Board - National Research Council:
    • AFS Section Head and Member of Group 2 Council, 2006 - 2009
    • Member of Group 2 Council – Design and Construction of Transportation Facilities 2000 –2003.
    • Member of Committee A2K05 - Modelling Techniques in Geomechanics, 1993 – present (Chairman 1993 – 1999; Emeritus member status, 2004 to present).
    • Organizer and Chairman of A2KO5(1) Geotechnical Centrifuge Modelling Subcommittee 1991 – 1994.
    • Member of Committee A2L04 Frost Action in Soils, 1998 – present.
    • Member of Committee A2K07 Geosynthetics (secretary 1993), 1991 - 1997.
  • American Society of Civil Engineers:
    • Member, ASCE-EWB Task Force, 2005
    • Member, Grouting Committee, 1999-2005
    • Session organizer, ASCE Annual Convention, 2002, "International Disaster Mitigation."
    • Member, Editorial Board for ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 1998 – 2001.
    • Member, ASCE Geotechnical Publications Committee, 1985 – 1988.
    • Member, Executive Committee for ASCE Geotechnical Section of National Capital Section, 1990 - 1993.
    • Member, Subcommittee on Lunar and Martian Soil Simulants, 1990 – 1993.
    • Member, Technical Committee 2 – Geotechnical Centrifuge Modelling, International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineers, 1996-present.
    • Member, Organizing Committee for 2nd International Conference on Contaminants in Freezing Ground, 2000.


Reviewer for:   ASCE J. of Geotechnical Engineering; ASCE J. of Aerospace    

   Engineering; ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal; Geotechnique; NRC    

   Transportation Research Record; U.S. Agency for International Development

   Scientific Proposals; National Science Foundation; Board of the Swiss Federal

   Institutes of Technology; Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council   

   UK; Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Canada



Representative Publications:


A.  Extreme Heat, Cold, and Lunar Geotechnics:

  1. M.W. Yong, D. Capka, A.W. Marshall, and D.J. Goodings, “Soil Response to the Extreme Heat of Tunnel Fires”, under review by ASCE Geotechnical Journal]

  2. S. Han, and D.J. Goodings, “A Simple Model for Prediction of Frost Heave in Clay”, ASCE Geotechnical Journal, January 2006 

  3. D.J. Goodings and N.A. Straub (2003), "Physical Modeling of Frost Jacking" Proc. of the ASCE International Conference on Pipeline Engineering and Construction: New Pipeline Technologies, Security, and Safety, Baltimore, MD, July 2003,  ASCE, Vol. 2, pp. 1685-1693

  4. S.J. Han, D.J. Goodings, A. Torrents, M. Zeinali, (1999) "Underground Leakage into Frozen Ground", ASCE Journal of Cold Regions Engineering, Volume 13, No.2,June 1999, pp103-112.

  5. D.J. Goodings, (1999) "An Examination of Rapid Centrifuge Physical Modelling Studies of Contaminant Movement in Freezing Soil," Polar Record, volume 35(192), pp 11-18.
  6. D. Yang and D.J. Goodings (1998), "Predicting Frost Heave Using the FROST Numerical Model with Centrifuge Physical Models," ASCE Journal of Cold Regions Engineering, Volume 12, No. 2, June, pp. 64-83.
  7. D. Yang and D.J. Goodings (1998), "Climatic Soil Freezing Modelled in a Centrifuge," ASCE Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, Volume 124, No. 12, December, pp1186-1194.
  8. D.J. Goodings and C.-P. Lin (1995), "Technical Note: Geotechnical Engineering Properties of Maryland - Sanders Lunar Simulant," ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal, Volume 18, No. 2, pp. 286-291.
  9. C.-P. Lin, D.J. Goodings, R.D. Dick, W.L. Fourney and L.E. Bernold (1994), "Model Studies of the Effects on Lunar Soil of Chemical Explosives," ASCE Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, Volume 120, No. 10, p. 1684-1703. (and reply to discussion of above in 1996, volume 122, no.7).

B.  Cratering, Explosives, and Sinkhole Mechanics:

  1. W.L. Fourney, U. Leiste, R. Bonenburger, and D. Goodings (2005), “Explosive Impulse on Plates” International Journal for Blasting and Fragmentation – FRAGBLAST, Volume 9, No. 1, p1-17, 2005. 

  2. D.J. Goodings, and W. Abdullah, (2002) "Stability Charts for Predicting Sinkholes in Weakly Cemented Sand over Karst Limestone", Engineering Geology Journal, Vol 65, August(2-3), pp 179-184
  3. W.L. Fourney, D.J. Goodings, R.J. Bonenburger, & H.U. Leiste, (2001)"Visualization of Cratering in an Underwater Environment", International Journal for Blasting and Fragmentation - FRAGBLAST, Volume 4, No. 2, 2001.
  4. W. Abdulla and D.J. Goodings (1996), "Modelling Sinkholes in Weakly Cemented Sand," ASCE Geotechnical Engineering Journal, Volume 122, No. 12, December, pp. 998-1005.


C.  Soil Improvement by Reinforcement and Grouting:

  1. P.G. Suah and D.J.Goodings, (2001) “Failure of Geotextile Reinforced Soil Walls with Marginal Backfill”, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, National Research Council, No. 1772-Soil Mechanics, pp 183-189.
  2. S.C. Nichols, and D.J. Goodings, (2000) “Technical Note: Physical Model Testing of Compaction Grouting in Cohesionless Soil”, ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Volume 126, No. 9, September, pp 848-852.
  3. A. Porbaha and D.J. Goodings (1997), "Laboratory Investigation of Nonuniformly Reinforced Soil Retaining Structures," ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal, Volume 20, No. 3, September, pp. 289-295.
  4. M.A. Porbaha and D.J. Goodings (1996), "Centrifuge Modelling of Geotextile Reinforced Cohesive Soil Retaining Walls," ASCE Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, Volume 122, No. 10, October, pp. 840-848.

D.  Soil Mechanics:

  1. [S. A. Alqutri, and D.J. Goodings, “Differences in Results of Stress-Controlled and Strain-Controlled Triaxial Testing of Dry Sands”, accepted, pending changes, by International Journal of Physical Modelling in Geotechnics] 
  2. D.J. Goodings and D.R. Gillette (1996), "Model Size Effects in Centrifuge Models of Granular Slope Instability," ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal, Volume 19, No. 3, September, pp. 277-285.

E.  Professional and Education Issues:

  1. D.J. Goodings, and S.A. Ketcham, (2001) “Research vs Practice in Transportation Geotechnics: Can We Bridge the Chasm?”, ASCE Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, January, pp 26-31.
  2. S. Takahira, D.J. Goodings and J. Byrnes (1998), "Retention and Performance of Male and Female Engineering Students: An Examination of Academic and Environmental Variables," Journal of the American Society of Engineering Education, Volume 87, No. 3, July, pp. 397-404.









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