Advancement of methodologies for dealing with arid region problem soils, particularly collapsible and expansive soils.
Sandra Houston is a long-standing member of the Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering faculty at ASU and former chair of the department. Her primary area of expertise is geotechnical engineering. Houston's contributions to the field of geotechnical engineering focus on unsaturated soils, including in particular advancement of methodologies for dealing with arid region problem soils, particularly collapsible and expansive soils.
She is the regular instructor of undergraduate and graduate level foundation engineering classes and teaches a graduate level course on Unsaturated Soil Mechanics.
A heavy emphasis on the advancement of unsaturated soil mechanics into the practice of geotechnical engineering is evident by her professional service activities, research, and publications.
Honors and distinctions
Dr. Houston has a long history of leadership in professional society organizations, particularly through participation in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Geo-Institute of ASCE, and the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE).
She is a recipient of the William H. Wisely American Civil Engineer Award, and currently serves as the chair of the Unsaturated Soils Committee of the Geo-Institute of ASCE, as a member of the ISSMGE Committee on Unsaturated Soils, and as chair of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion for ASCE.