Basic Soil Mechanics Related to Earth Dams: Instructors

Dr. Ronaldo Luna, P.E.
Saint Louis University
Professor of Civil Engineering

Dr. Ronaldo Luna has been a professor of civil engineering at Saint Louis University since 2014.  He teaches courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels in the fields of geotechnical and civil engineering. His research interests lie in the dynamic response of soils and liquefaction, geographic information systems in civil engineering, advances in soil mechanics/foundations, and earthquake engineering. He was a professor at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, MO, for fifteen years. Previously, he was an assistant professor at Tulane University, New Orleans, LA. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in civil engineering in 1983, from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD, and Master of Science in geotechnical engineering in 1985 from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. He earned his Ph.D. in 1995 from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA. Dr. Luna has practiced as a geotechnical engineer in the west coast and central US, as well as internationally.  He is a registered professional engineer in the states of Missouri, California, and Washington, and holds his consulting practice as Luna Consulting, LLC. He has published over 120 technical papers. Dr. Luna has been a Fellow with the American Society of Civil Engineers since 2007 and was recently inducted as a Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering, with the Academy of Geo-Professionals.

Dr. Kyle Kershaw, P.E.
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Associate Professor of Civil Engineering

Dr. Kershaw has nearly 20 years of consulting experience as a geotechnical engineer. In his current role as an associate professor at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, he teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in soil mechanics, foundation design, and retaining structure design while completing pedagogical and applied soil mechanics research. Kyle earned a Ph.D. in 2011 from Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, MO, a MS. in civil engineering from the University of Illinois in 2001, and a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1999. Kyle’s consulting experience includes full-time geotechnical work with Shannon & Wilson, Inc. in Denver, CO, and other locations. He currently engages in his own practice, Kershaw Geo-Consulting, LLC as a prime and sub-consultant. Kyle’s previous and ongoing consulting experience has spanned a wide range of geotechnical projects, including stability analysis of earth dams, ground support design for dam spillways, and numerous levee projects.  His levee experience includes analysis and redesign of levees and flood-walls in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, stabilization of failing levees in Grand Forks, ND, and probabilistic analysis of a levee system in King County, WA.