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Lewis Edgers
Professor Emeritus, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Mass. Institute of Technology, Ph. D. in Civil Engineering, February 1973
(Thesis Title: "Undrained Creep of a Soft Foundation Clay")

Mass. Institute of Technology, M.S. in Civil Engineering, September 1967
(Thesis Title: "The Effect of Simple Shear Stress System on the Strength of Saturated Clays")

Tufts University, B.S. in Civil Engineering (summa), June 1966


CEE 142 Advanced Soil Mechanics
CEE 145 Computer Applications in Geotechnical Engineering
CEE 146 Foundation Engineering
ES 5 Mechanics; Statistics and Dynamics

Appointments at Tufts University

  • Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    • Professor (1989 to present)
    • Associate Professor (1975 to 1989)
    • Assistant Professor (1973 to 1975)
    • Instructor (1967 to 1970)
    • Chair (1992 to 1998)
    • Acting Chair (1984 to 1985)
  • School of Engineering
    • Associate Dean (2004 to 2012)

Appointments at Other Institutions

  • Haley and Aldrich Inc. Cambridge, MA (on sabbatical leave from Tufts University), June 1990 - December 1990
  • Norwegian Geotechnical Institute Oslo, Norway (Research Fellow on sabbatical leave from Tufts University), August 1980 - July 1981, January - June 2003, January - June 2008.

Honorary Societies and Awards

  • Henry and Madeline Fischer Award as 2003 - 2004 Engineering Teacher of the Year. Tufts University
  • ASCE Fellow
  • Society of the Sigma Xi, M.I.T. Chapter
  • Tau Beta Pi, Mass Delta Chapter (Tufts)
  • Chi Epsilon (National Civil Engineering Honorary Society)
  • Mass. Institute of Technology - June 1971 - August 1972 N.S.F. Science Faculty Fellow
  • Mass. Institute of Technology - Jonathan Whitney Fellowship 1966-67
  • Order of the Engineer (Tufts)

Professional Society Activity

  • Foundation for Professional Practice of ASCE and ASFE, Governor, 2001-2003 ASFE/Foundation for Professional Practice representative on ASFE/ASCE Professional Practice and Ethics Leadership Award Committee, Chair 2007-2008.
  • The Engineering Center Education Trust, Trustee July 1994 - present. Chair of Library Committee, Vice-Chair(1996-97), Secretary(1999-2000)
  • Association of Soil and Foundation Engineers, Tufts University Representative, 1991-.
  • American society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) - Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section (BSCES) - president 1989-1990.
  • International Society of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering.
  • International Association of Drilled Shaft Contractors (ADSC) - Technical Affiliate.
  • Transportation Research Board, National Research Council, Tufts University representative.
  • Association of Soil and Foundation Engineers (ASFE).


  • Engineer-in-training Certificate, 826, July 22, 1966
  • Registered Professional Engineer, MA Certificate 29016, February 24, 1978

Industrial Experience - Consulting and Research

  • Haley and Aldrich, Inc., Cambridge, MA - 1966-1969 (summers), 1981-1984 (part-time)
  • Goldberg-Zoino and Associates, Inc., Newton Upper Falls, MA - 1970, 1973 to 1980 (part-time)
  • Stone and Webster Engineering Corporation, Boston, MA - June 1976 - May 1978 (part-time)
  • Private Consulting Assignments

Grants, Contracts and Awards

  1. "Friction Pile Capacities in Vermont Silt", State of Vermont Department of Highways and U.S. Department of Transportation 1967-1969.
  2. "Dynamic Soils Laboratory Test Equipment", National Science Foundation, Instructional Scientific-Equipment Program. 1975-76.
  3. "Postdoctoral Research Fellowship", Royal Norwegian Council for Scientific and Industrial Research 1980-81.
  4. Innovative Teaching Award by Experimental College for Development of course on Toxic Waste Management. 1983.
  5. "Highway Design for Frost Susceptible Soils", Massachusetts Department of Public Works. 1985-87.
  6. "Submarine Slope Instabilities", Tufts Faculty Research Award. 1985. $600.
  7. "Direct Simple Shear Apparatus", Loan agreement with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Waterways Experiment Station. 1985-88.
  8. "Field Station Feasibility Study", Tufts University Center for Environmental Management, U.S. EPA, 1987-88.
  9. "A Model for Predicting Long-Term Landfill Settlements", Tufts University Center for Environmental Management, U.S. EPA, 1989-90.
  10. "Design of Drilled Shafts for Strain Pole and Mast Arm Foundations", Massachusetts Department of Public Works, 1991-1994.
  11. GZA Fellowship in Geoenvironmental Engineering, 1991-1192.
  12. "Northeast Regional Academic Center for Institute for Professional Practice, 1992-.
  13. Project Bridge, Development of K-12 Curriculum Materials, with K. Camara, Tufts Education Department. NSF and Pew Trust, 1994.
  14. "Remediation of PCB Contaminated Sediments", Technical Support to Housatonic River Initiative, with Tufts CEM, Anne Marie Desmarais, and James Noble, US EPA, 1994.
  15. "Infrastructure Systems, Services and Climate Change: Integrated Impacts and Response Strategies for the Metropolitan Boston Area", non-PI participant, US EPA.
  16. "Research Fellowship", Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI), Geohazards Center of Excellence, January-June 2003.
  17. "Digital Boston Geotechnical Data Base", 2003-2005, Berger Family Tech. Transfer Endowment, Tufts University, Laurie Baise (PI).