Research/Areas of Interest:

geotechnical, laboratory testing, automation, soil behavior, physical properties, mechanical properties, material science


  • Sc.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, United States, 1982
  • S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, United States, 1980
  • B.S., Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, United States, 1976


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.

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.