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Robert D. Holtz, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, Hon.M.ASCE, International Secretary

Robert D. Holtz, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, Hon.M.ASCE

Bob Holtz, PhD, PE, D.GE, Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle, has taught at Purdue and Cal State-Sacramento. He has degrees from Minnesota and Northwestern, and he attended the Special Program in Soil Mechanics at Harvard under Prof. A. Casagrande.

He has worked for the California Dept. of Water Resources, Swedish Geotechnical Institute, NRC-Canada, and as a consulting engineer in Chicago, Paris, and Milano. His research, sponsored by several federal and state agencies as well as private companies, has mostly been on geosynthetics, foundations, soil improvement, and soil properties.

Bob is author, co-author, or editor of 24 books and book chapters, including Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering, 2nd Edition (with W. D. Kovacs and T.C. Sheahan, 2011). He is also author or co-author of more than 275 technical papers, discussions, reviews, and major reports.

Bob is a Fellow, Life, and Distinguished Member of ASCE. He was on the first Board of Governors of the Geo-Institute, was President in 2000-01, and currently is the G-I International Secretary. He has also been active with the ISSMGE, TRB, ASTM, and NAGS-IGS, and has had an active consulting practice throughout his academic career. Bob has taught many short courses and given numerous lectures, both in the US and abroad, including the 46th Karl Terzaghi Lecture in 2010.

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