ASCE has honored Paul W. Mayne, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE, with the 2023 Karl Terzaghi Lecture for his work with CPT and the correlation with engineering properties of soil, which have made a huge impact on the practice of geotechnical engineering.  

Mayne has had a richly active career of research, practice, and education with significant contributions in in situ testing and deep foundations. His contribution to the practice of geotechnical engineering, specifically subsurface investigations, evaluation of soil properties, and deep foundations, is truly amazing. His correlations of material properties with cone penetration test (CPT) data has changed the way many geotechnical engineers assess subsurface conditions and select appropriate properties for limit equilibrium analysis, settlement analysis, and numerical modeling. 

He has compiled a record of significant impact through journal and conference publications, books and chapters of books, invited lectures, and professional education courses. Mayne has delivered over 10 named lectures in the U.S. and abroad as well as both the Cross-USA Lecture series (25 lectures) and the Cross-Canada lecture series (14 lectures), and more than 10 other keynote/state-of-the-art/state-of-the-practice lectures. He was selected as an ASCE G-I Geo-Legend in 2016. Mayne’s impact on the 70-plus master’s and doctoral students for whom he was a thesis advisor is significant, as is evidenced by their successful careers as leaders in our profession.

The Karl Terzaghi Lecture is awarded, upon the recommendation of the Board of Governors of the Geo-Institute, to a distinguished engineer who will deliver the Terzaghi Lecture at an appropriate meeting of the Society.