is Associate Professor, Dept. of Civil & Construction Engineering at Oregon State University. His research interests include slope stability analysis and landslide prediction; use of soil reinforcement in earth retention, subgrade improvement, and slope stability; unpaved road behavior; vegetation-soil interaction; and management of water-sediment transport. His investigative approach involves an array of tools including numerical modeling, laboratory work and full-scale field testing. Ben's research is based in a variety of disciplines, broadly encompassing geotechnical engineering, water resources, agriculture and forestry.