William Houston P.E., has approximately 40 years of experience in teaching, research and consulting in geotechnical engineering, including 17 years at UC Berkeley as a Professor of Geotechnical Engineering and 20 years as Professor of Civil Engineering at Arizona State University. His expertise ranges widely from laboratory and field testing to shear strength and slope stability, geotechnical earthquake engineering, geotechnical laboratory testing equipment design and development, unsaturated soil mechanics and arid-lands engineering, with emphasis on collapsible and expansive soils. He is extensively published, with more than 100 journal articles on geotechnical engineering, has taught and co-taught numerous courses and short courses, and conducted forensic investigations and consulted on projects related to his expertise. Professor Houston is now an Emeritus faculty at Arizona State University.
William has been continuously involved in state and national committee work throughout his career. Past and current committee service includes: American Society for Testing and Materials Committee D-18 on Soil and Rock for Engineering Purposes; American Society of Civil Engineers and GI Committees on Publications, Soil Properties, Soil Dynamics. He has served as organizer and instructor for numerous short courses and has served as reviewer for professional journals, including in particular the Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering of ASCE, and dozens of professional conferences. Most recently he has served as a geotechnical engineering consultant on review of engineering reports, forensic engineering cases, and foundation design for moisture sensitive soil conditions. He continues to assist in the mentoring of graduate students by providing advice, consultation, and training relative to advanced geotechnical testing.