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.