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Barbara Luke, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE

Barbara Luke, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE

Barbara Luke, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, F.ASCE, is a professor in civil and environmental engineering at University of Nevada Las Vegas, specializing in geotechnical engineering. She teaches at all levels, including various aspects of geotechnical engineering and also general civil engineering. She directs UNLV’s Applied Geophysics Center, which spans civil engineering and geoscience. Dr. Luke’s research focus is seismic characterization of earth and earthen structures to solve civil engineering problems. She teams with students and professionals at different universities and in industry and government, from fields of engineering, geoscience and geophysics. Key external funding sources have included the US Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, and Environmental Protection Agency. Current research projects address earthquake ground-shaking hazards, seismic surface waves for site characterization, and seismic signatures of environmental stressors.

Dr. Luke is registered as a professional engineer in Nevada. Major past activities with the ASCE and Geo-Institute include chairing the Technical Coordination Council and a task force to create the Geo-Challenge national student competition. In addition to her current professional service on the Board of Governors for the Geo-Institute, she also chairs her local citizen’s advisory council for Clark County, Nevada. She has also served professionally with the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society and the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists.

For additional information, visit http://faculty.unlv.edu/bluke or contact Dr. Luke at 702-895-1568 or barbara.luke@unlv.edu.