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Biot Lecture Series

  • The Maurice A. Biot Lecture was established at Columbia University in 2004 in remembrance of the late Professor Maurice Anthony Biot and his renowned achievements as an engineer, physicist, and applied mathematician. 

    Maurice A. Biot was a professor of mechanics at Columbia University from 1937-1945. Biot published a number of scientific papers that lay the foundations of the theory of poroelasticity (now known as Biot theory), which describes the mechanical behavior of fluid-saturated porous media.

    The Biot Lecture is given each fall at Columbia University and is a joint effort of the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics of Columbia University, the Engineering Mechanics Committee of the ASCE Met Section, and the Engineering Mechanics Institute of ASCE (EMI).

  • 2020 Biot Lecture

    Poromechanics in Extremely Large Deformation: Swelling and Fracture

    Prof. Jacques M. Huyghe
    Bernal Institute, University of Limerick
    Presented virtually on December 10, 2020

  • 2019 Biot Lecture

    Relating Permeability to Thermal Strain of Saturated Materials

    Prof. George W. Scherer
    Princeton University
    Presented November 12, 2019
    Columbia University, New York, NY

  • 2017 Biot Lecture

    Compaction Localization, Permeability Evolution and Effective Stress Behavior of Porous Rock

    Professor Teng-fong Wong, Ph.D.
    Chinese University of Hong Kong
    Presented December 7, 2017
    Columbia University, New York, NY

  • 2016 Biot Lecture

    21st Century Cement Technology: Addressing Sustainability Through Innovation

    Kimberly Kurtis, FAIC, FACerS
    Georgia Institute of Technology
    Presented October 17, 2016
    Columbia University, New York, NY

  • 2015 Biot Lecture

    Pore-space model for wave velocities in sandstones

    Prof. Robert W. Zimmerman
    Imperial College London
    Presented December 11, 2015
    Columbia University, New York, NY



    Professor Jean H. Prévost
    Princeton University
    Presented November 19, 2014 
    Davis Auditorium, 412 CEPSR
    Columbia University, New York, NY

  • 2013 Biot Lecture

    Persistent Shear Band in Unsaturated Porous Material

    Professor Ronaldo I. Borja
    Stanford University
    Presented November 7, 2013
    Columbia University, New York, NY

  • 2012 Biot Lecture

    Contact and Inclusion Problems in Poromechanics

    Professor A.P.S. Selvadurai
    McGill University, Canada
    Presented November 19, 2012
    Columbia University, New York, NY