Green’s appointment at Virginia Tech is in the geotechnical engineering program area. He was previously on the faculty at the University of Michigan and held visiting professorships at Chuo University, Tokyo, and the University of Canterbury (Christchurch) and the University of Auckland (Auckland), both in New Zealand. Prior to entering academia, Green served on the Technical Staff of the U.S. Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, performing seismic safety evaluations of the nation’s nuclear weapons complex.
The primary focus of Green’s research is in the areas of geotechnical earthquake engineering. Among other topics, liquefaction triggering and related phenomena have been a main area of research. The scope of these studies has ranged from fundamental mechanics of liquefaction triggering and manifestation to the integration liquefaction hazard across regions. The broader-scale studies include paleoliquefaction studies in the central United States, liquefaction hazard studies in New Zealand due to tectonic events, and liquefaction hazard studies in the U.S. and the Netherlands due to induced seismicity. Additionally, Green has participated in post-earthquake investigations in the U.S., Iceland, Haiti, Japan, and New Zealand.
He is the recipient of the 2016 ASCE Norman Medal, and several other awards for research and teaching. He is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
Green received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1992, his master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 1994, and his doctorate in 2001 from Virginia Tech. He is a registered professional engineer in Virginia.