Geotechnical Engineering focuses on the understanding and application of how soil and rock are used as engineering materials within our constructed environment. Soil and rock constitute the largest construction material by volume used, and understanding their behavior as engineering materials is critical to the design of building foundation systems, earth and rockfill dams and embankments, tunnels and other underground structures, and all other facilities constructed of or in contact with soil or rock. In addition, geotechnical engineering is an important component of understanding how our lifeline systems perform, both above and below ground.
Research Area Faculty
The faculty researchers in this area exemplify the collaborative nature of the work done at Cornell Engineering.