Keynote Speakers


6th International Conference on Geotechnical Research and Engineering (ICGRE 2021)
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Dr. Richard J. Bathurst

Dr. Richard J. Bathurst
Royal Military College of Canada, Canada
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Dr. Bathurst (P. Eng., Ph.D., FRSC, FEIC, FCAE) is Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada where he has taught since 1980. He is a Past-President of the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS) and the International Geosynthetics Society. Dr. Bathurst has authored or co-authored more than 450 papers in referred journals, conference proceedings and research monographs. He has made contributions in the areas of micromechanics of granular soils, railway ballast and track dynamics, pavements, unsaturated soil-geotextile behaviour, constitutive modelling of geosynthetic soil reinforcement materials and systems, new test methods and the development of transparent granular soil surrogates for geotechnical laboratory-scale testing.
Dr. Bathurst’s primary research activities are focused on the use of geosynthetic and metallic reinforcement in earth retaining wall systems, numerical modelling, seismic performance and design of these systems, probabilistic design of reinforced and unreinforced soil structures, reliability-based design, load and resistance factor design (LRFD) calibration of soil-structures, and LRFD code development.
Dr. Bathurst is editor of the peer-reviewed technical journal Geosynthetics International, published by the Institute of Civil Engineers in the UK, and associate editor of the International Journal of Geomechanics published by the ASCE.

Topic of Keynote: From Physical Measurements to Design Codes for MSE Walls
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Dr. Dante Fratta

Dr. Dante Fratta
University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
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Dante Fratta graduated with a Ph.D. from Georgia Tech in 1999. He is currently a faculty member in Geological Engineering and Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he teaches Soil Mechanics, Applied Geophysics, and advanced courses in Wave Propagation in Geomaterials and Engineering Behavior of Soils. Dante’s research interests include Near Surface Geophysics and Experimental Geotechnical Engineering. For the last ten years, Dante has been collecting, analyzing, and interpreting distributed optic sensing data to monitor the near subsurface.

Topic of Keynote: Engineering Applications of Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing Arrays
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Dr. Ellen Rathje

Dr. Ellen Rathje
University of Texas at Austin, USA
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Dr. Ellen M. Rathje is the Janet S. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin (UT), and Senior Research Scientist at the UT Bureau of Economic Geology. She has expertise in the areas of geotechnical earthquake engineering, engineering seismology, induced seismicity, field reconnaissance after earthquakes, and remote sensing. Dr. Rathje is the Principal Investigator for the DesignSafe-ci.org cyberinfrastructure for the NSF-funded Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI). She has been honored with various research awards, including the 2018 William B. Joyner Lecture Award from the Seismological Society of America and the 2010 Huber Research Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers. She was elected Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2016.

Topic of Keynote: Seismic Risk Assessment for Earth Slopes and Dams
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