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.