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Spotlight on Civil and Environmental Engineering

Germaine's lab at Tufts University

Student highlight

Name: Deniz Ranjpour
Degree: Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Faculty lab: Research Professor Jack Germaine
Hometown: Tehran, Iran

Why Tufts? 
It’s a big enough institution to have everything you need, yet small enough to feel homey.

Favorite thing about living in the Medford/Somerville and Boston area? 
I live in Cambridge and I love the diversity. I’ve met people from all walks of life, from scientists to business people and artists, and from more than 40 countries. ​

Any advice you’d give to prospective students or new graduate students?
Invest in a good winter coat and a bike, you’re going to need them both!

Germaine Lab

Faculty highlight

Name: Research Professor Jack Germaine
Research interests: Geotechnical, laboratory testing, automation, soil behavior, physical properties, mechanical properties, and material science.

About Professor Germaine: 
Jack 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.