James Hambleton, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE
2014 New Faces of Civil Engineering - Professional Honoree
James “Jim” Hambleton is a Research Academic at the University of Newcastle, in Australia where his research focus is the advancement of computational, analytical, and experimental techniques in geomechanics. Practical applications of his work have included the enhancement of field tests for identifying soil strength and the development of prediction and mitigation techniques for land damage caused by off-road vehicles.
As an ASCE volunteer, Hambleton serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. Hambleton is also active with the Newcastle Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society, where he serves as the Young Geotechnical Professional Representative and high school outreach coordinator.
Hambleton’s work on the quality assurance test known as “test rolling,” has helped revitalize a previously obscure road construction practice. This has facilitated key improvements to the method and prompted several further studies. Over the past five years, Hambleton’s findings have been disseminated in over 25 publications and conference presentations, and he has received several awards, including the Neville G. W. Cook Award for Innovative Research in Geomechanics.
Hambleton earned his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctorate of Philosophy degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota.