Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Columbia University
New York City


 2024 Burmister Lecture (March 19, 2024)
 Prof. Kenneth H.Stokoe, II
 University of  Texas at Austin
 Laboratory Testing of Rock for Evaluations of Linear and Mildly Nonlinear Static and Dynamic  Properties

2023 Burmister Lecture (March 8, 2023)
Prof. Youssef Hashash
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Geotechnical Engineering in the Age of Machine Learning and AI

2022 Burmister Lecture (April 28, 2022)
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rolf Katzenbach
Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany
The Foundation of High-Rise Buildings with CO2-minimized Foundation Technology

2021 Burmister Lecture (April 14, 2021; via zoom)
Prof. Junichi Koseki
University of Tokyo
Experimental Studies on Liquefaction and Re-Liquefaction Behavior of Saturated Sandy Soils

2020 Burmister Lecture (April 28, 2020; via zoom)
Prof. Dov Leshchinsky
University of Delaware & Adama Engineering
Limit State Design Framework for Reinforced Slopes and Walls

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2019 Burmister Lecture (March  26, 2019)
Prof. Jonathan P. Stewart
University of California, Los Angeles
Regional Ergodic Site Response for Seismic Hazard Applications

2018 Burmister Lecture (March  9, 2018)
Prof. Victor N. Kaliakin
University of Delaware
Modeling the Time- and Temperature-Dependent Response of Cohesive Soils in a Generalized Bounding Surface Framework

2017 Burmister Lecture (April  18, 2017)
Dr. Yoshinori Iwasaki
Geo-Research Institute, Osaka, Japan
Authenticity of Cultural Heritage and Preservation of the Main Tower of Bayon Temple (Angkor, Cambodia)

2016 Burmister Lecture (April 12, 2016)
Prof. James K. Mitchell
Virginia Tech
Lessons From The Lives of Two Dams

2014 Burmister Lecture (October 28, 2014)
Prof. Fred H. Kulhawy
Cornell University
Evaluation of Rock Foundation Sockets & Some Observations on Professor Burmister

2013 Burmister Lecture (December 10, 2013)
Prof. Craig H. Benson
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Infusing Sustainability into Civil Engineering Design: Value Proposition for Society and Engineering Practice

2013 Burmister Lecture (April 22, 2013)
Prof. Askar Zhussupbekov
Eurasian National University and Vice President of ISSMGE for Asia
Geotechnical Experiences of Chernobyl Nuclear Power Disaster and Great East Japan Earthquake

2011 Burmister Lecture (November 9, 2011)
- with a tribute to the late Dr. Cliff Astill
Prof. Ricardo Dobry
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
An Investigation Into Why The Earthquake Liquefaction Charts Work So Well

2010 Burmister Lecture (April 8, 2011)
Prof. Jean-Louis Briaud
President of ISSMGE & Zachry Department of Civil Engineering
Texas A&M University
Bridge Scour Predictions

2009 Burmister Lecture (June 10, 2009)
Prof. Fumio Tatsuoka
Science University of Tokyo
Rate Effects on Elastic and Inelastic Stress-Strain Behaviours of Geomaterials Observed in Experiments

2008 Burmister Lecture (November 11, 2008)
Prof. J. David Frost
Georgia Institute of Technology
Insights into Geomaterial Response Based on Optical Microstructure Characterization

2007 Burmister Lecture (October 9, 2007)
Dr. William F. Marcuson, III
The President of ASCE and U.S. Army Engineer Waterway Experiment Station
Seismic Design and Analysis of Embankment Dams: The State of Practice

2006 Burmister Lecture (November 21, 2006)
Prof. Andrew J. Whittle, M.I.T.
Role of Soil Modeling in Geotechnical Predictions
[The 2006 Burmister Lecture was sponsored by the Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers]

2005 Burmister Lecture (October 13, 2005)
Prof. Robert M. Koerner, Emeritus Professor of Drexel University and Director, the Geosynthetic Institute
Analysis and Design of Veneer Cover Soils

2004 Burmister Lecture (April 19, 2004)
Prof. Kenji Ishihara. Professor, Chuo University and Prof. Emeritus, University of Tokyo
Geotechnical Damage in Recent Earthquakes in Japan and Soil Property Characterization
Associated with Landslides


2002 Burmister Lecture (December 4, 2002)
Prof. Jean Prevost, Princeton University
Dynamic Flow Liquefaction in Geomaterials: Computational and Physical Modeling

2001 Burmister Lecture (November 7, 2001)
Prof. Jorj Osterberg, Porf. Emeritus, Northwestern University
What is New in Drilled Shaft Foundation?

Nicholas Vasiliovitch Feodoroff, Jorj O. Osterberg,

Donald Lomb, (class of 1936) and Hoe I. Ling

2000 Burmister Lecture (October 31, 2000)
Prof. Fumio Tatsuoka, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Tokyo.
Impacts on Geotechnical Engineering of Several Recent Findings From Laboratory Stress-Strain Tests on Geomaterials

First Burmister Lecture (November 23, 1999)
Prof. Robert M. Koerner, H.L. Bowman Professor and Director, Geosynthetic Research Institute, Drexel University
Assessment of Ten Landfill Failures using 2-D and 3-D Stability Analysis Procedures

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