Minutes of the USUCGER Board Meeting: October 18, 1999
Held at the Atlanta GA Airport
prepared and submitted by Ahmed Elgamal, USUCGER
Return to Home Page
USUCGER BOARD MEETING MINUTES
Monday October 18, 1999
PLACE: Charlotte Convention Center, NC
Board Members Attending:
Prof. Paul Mayne, GT
Prof. Deborah Goodings, UMD
Prof. Ahmed Elgamal, UCSD
Prof. Chuck Shackelford, CSU
Prof. Mehmet Tumay, LTRC
Prof. Cbristine LaPlante, Union College
Prof. Kyle Rollins, BYU
Dr. Priscilla Nelson, NSF
Dr. Bob Holtz, ASCE/Univ. Washington
The meeting opened at 6.00 p.m.
1. Minutes of May 1999 meeting were approved
2. Dr. Priscilla Nelson, NSF Director, Division of Civil and Mechanical
Structures, presented an overview of ongoing NSF research initiatives,
including the National Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) RFP. She also
discussed the idea of initiating ASCE G-I Graduate Student Chapters, and other
G-I sponsored educational activities. Professor Ahmed Elgamal suggested the
initiation of national competitions similar to the Concrete Canoe and Steel
Bridge at the undergraduate senior class level. The Geo-grid/membrane and the
Ground Improvement industries were suggested as potential sponsors. Dr. Nelson
also discussed recruitment and qualifications for Director of the Geomechanics
and Geotechnical Systems Program. The Board expressed interest in assisting
with nominations for this position.
3. Professor Mehmet Tumay reported the status of the new USUCGER web-site.
Arrangements for transfer of this website and Bulletin Board, to be hosted by
Professor Boris Jeremic at UC-Davis were approved. On behalf of USUCGER, the
Board expressed deep appreciation for the efforts of Professor Roman Hryciw
Prof. Mehmet Tumay for hosting the sites in a most effective and useful
fashion. The Board approved the purchase of a PC server at UC-Davis, and the
declaration of a new USUCGER electronic address as: http://www.usucger.org.
Member Universities will continue to be encouraged to complete the information
about universities and research programs in the new web-page. This page is
being increasingly accessed nationally and internationally, and is among the
best resources for information about US geotechnical engineering in academia.
4. Professor Kyle Rollins presented the Treasurerís Report. Current assets are
held at $48,239.07. Sufficient resources appeared to be available to meet
anticipated expenses at present. Arrangements for collection of next year dues
were discussed, to take place after initiation of the new USUCGER web-site.
Board efforts to increase membership will continue. Uboard needs a more
detailed tracking system for dues collection and payment schedule. This needs
to be implemented in the springtime, so as not to conflict with fiscal year
5. Professor Paul Mayne discussed the need to design & disseminate a USUCGER
Brochure that would be useful to make our organization known, attract new
members, and advertise our new website location: www.usucger.org
6. The Board supported Professor Deborah Goodings' initiative to pursue
arrangements for a geotechnical Workshop during TRB 2001 (for new PhDs). The
title of this Sunday workshop is: Doctoral Student Research in Transportation
Geotechnics. There are two objectives to the workshop session. From TRB's
of view, a primary objective of this new series is to encourage attendance and
participation of young researchers in TRB actvities. From TRB and USUCGER's
points of view, it will provide an opportunity to showcase the most recent PhD
research, and with it those on the academic and non-academic job market.
Announcements regarding the workshop session will be posted by email over the
next few months.
7. Contributions of USUCGER with articles to publications such as Geotechnical
News and other Geo-Institute publications were discussed (e.g., the upcoming
8. Discussion of USUCGER's role in awards, faculty recognition, and support
held. This includes USUCGER's own awards, with two to be presented at the
GeoDenver meeting. Mehmet & Paul would coordinate. Other activities of USUCGER
in nominating awards were discussed, resulting in Professor Deborah Goodings
presenting the activities of USUCGER in nominations for National awards. Under
her supervision, USUCGER will nominate candidates for ASCE, OPAL, and ASTM
awards. USUCGER intends to play a proactive role in other upcoming
9. Professors Charles Shackelford and Christine LaPlante will play an active
role in planning and preparations for USUCGER's participation at GeoDenver in
August 2000. A time-slot for Friday evening Aug. 4 was tentatively being held,
however, we decided this would be ill-attended because it was before the
conference began. GeoDenver looks to be a busy event with many simultaneous
sessions. A possible USUCGER booth during this conference was discussed, but
decided that not really a good effort on our part. Thus, we elected to have
USUCGER provide Moderators & Session Chairs to help the conference agenda.
10. Available nominations for the ISSMGE TC 31 on Geotechnical Engineering
Education were discussed (as requested by Harvey Wahls).
11. USUCGER interaction with other organizations needs to be strengthened,
including Geo-Institute, GeoCouncil, and ISSMGE.
12. Adjourned meeting at 10:30 p.m.
Minutes were prepared and submitted by Ahmed Elgamal.