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Alum named new face in geoengineering

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Alumnus James Kaklamanos has been recognized as an American Society of Civil Engineers Geo-Institute New Face of Geoengineering.
James Kaklamanos stands at a microphone
James Kaklamanos, now an associate professor of civil engineering at Merrimack College, earned his BS, MS and PhD from Tufts School of Engineering.

Triple Jumbo James Kaklamanos earned his BS, MS, and PhD from Tufts University's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He was recently highlighted as a new face in geoengineering by the Geo-Institute (G-I), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) specialty institute that serves geoprofessionals and the geo-industry.

Members of the New Faces in Geoengineering group are nominated by ASCE G-I technical committees or local chapters of G-I. They are early-career geotechnical engineers ages 40 and under who have distinguished themselves through research or projects in practice. Kaklamanos joins their ranks as an associate professor of civil engineering at Merrimack College, and will now be among recommended speakers for ASCE/G-I events.

Kaklamanos spoke to the Geo-Institute's bi-monthly magazine, GEOSTRATA, about his career in civil engineering, his advice for students, and his recent research. "You cannot predict where life is going to take you; keep an open mind and remember that your interests and passions may evolve over time," he said. "I was fortunate to have some outstanding professors and mentors who showed interest in their students, offered advice and insights, and helped me find my passion as an engineer and educator." Read more in the May/June 2020 issue of GEOSTRATA (pages 70-71).