New Face of Civil Engineering

Thursday, 5 December 2013

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has named UON research academic Dr James Hambleton as one of 10 New Faces of Civil Engineering.

James Hambleton 2The New Faces program promotes the achievement of young civil engineers by highlighting their contributions to and impact on society.

Thirty-year-old Dr Hambleton, a Research Associate at the ARC Centre for Excellence in Geotechnical Science and Engineering, will be recognised for this honour at ASCE's annual Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Gala on March 20, 2014, in Arlington, Virginia.

His research has focused on the advancement of computational, analytical and experimental techniques in geomechanics. Applications of this research include the enhancement of field tests for identifying soil strength and the development of predication and mitigation techniques for land damage caused by off-road vehicles.

His findings have been shared in more than 25 publications and conference presentations. These efforts earned Dr Hambleton several awards, including the Neville GW Cook Award for Innovative Research in Geomechanics. He also serves as a reviewer on more than 10 international journals.

"Civil engineering requires a wonderful combination of intuition and deduction. I can get my hands dirty while theorising about the possibilities for getting my hands dirty.

Originally from Wisconsin, Dr Hambleton earned his bachelor, masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Minnesota.

Dr Hambleton has been at the University of Newcastle since 2010 and currently teaches first year and final year civil engineering students. His first year course curriculum focuses on introducing students to the many disciplines of civil engineering and engaging students in design projects. He also serves as principal supervisor for two PhD students, and co-supervises two others.

Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 145,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America's oldest national engineering society.

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