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John (Jack) Germaine

Research Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Tufts Advanced Geomaterials Laboratory

John (Jack) Germaine

John (Jack) Germaine

Research Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Tufts Advanced Geomaterials Laboratory

Phone 617-627-3211
Anderson Hall, Room 113
200 College Avenue, Medford, MA
Research: 
geotechnical, laboratory testing, automation, soil behavior, physical properties, mechanical properties, material science
Biography: 

John Germaine is a research professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts School of Engineering. He is a leader in experimental methods in geotechnical analysis. In recent years, Germaine has worked on small-strain nonlinearity of normally consolidated clay and has explored factors affecting the initial stiffness of cohesive soils.

Education: 
Sc.D., Geotechnical Engineering, MIT, 1982
S.M., Geotechnical Engineering, MIT, 1980
B.S., Civil Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1976
Professional Experience: 
2015-present:

Research Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering

1982-2015:

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT

  • 2006-2015: Senior Research Associate and Senior Lecturer
  • 1986-2006: Principal Research Associate and Lecturer
  • 1982-1986: Research Associate and Lecturer
Research Interests: 

The physical and mechanical properties of geo-materials are the result of complex interactions between discrete particles. The primary goal of John Germaine's research is to characterize these behaviors for a wide range of natural materials and over a very broad stress range using state-of-the-art technology.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
2013: Effective Teaching Award, MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
2009: ASTM Professor of the Year
2008: ASTM Woodland G. Shockley Memorial Award
2004, 2000: ASTM A. Ivan Johnson Outstanding Achievement Award
1994: J.M. Robbins Excellence in Teaching Award, Chi Epsilon New England District
1991: Effective Teaching Award, MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
1990: Hogentogler Award, ASTM D-18 Outstanding Paper on Soil and Rock
Selected Professional Activities: 
Chair, ASTM Intl Committee D18 on Soil and Rock
Professional Memberships: 
American Society of Civil Engineers (Boston Society of Civil Engineers)
ASFE/The Geoprofessional Business Association
International Society of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineers
Chi Epsilon
Tau Beta Pi
Teaching/Courses Taught: 
CEE-0244: Laboratory and In-situ Measurement of Soil Properties

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