Basic Soil Mechanics Related to Earth Dams: Instructors

Dr. Richard W. Stephenson, P.E., 
Chancellor's Professor in Civil Architecture and Environmental Engineering (Emeritus)
Missouri University of Science and Technology

Dr. Richard W. Stephenson, received his Ph.D. in civil engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1971. Since then he has been at the Missouri University of Science and Technology in various capacities. He has served as geotechnical engineering area head and interim department chairman. Dr. Stephenson has conducted numerous dam safety investigations for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as well as for various public and private consulting clients. His research interests include deep foundations, geotechnical earthquake engineering, helical anchors, and laboratory characterization of soil behavior including hydraulic conductivity, behavior of silt soils and deterioration of foundations of Egyptian antiquities. Dr. Stephenson is a Fellow of ASCE, a member of the Academy of Civil Engineers at the Missouri University of Science and Technology and a registered professional engineer. He currently holds the title of Chancellor’s Professor and Professor Emeritus.

Dr. Ronaldo Luna, P.E.,
Professor of Civil Engineering
Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology at Saint Louis University

Dr. Ronaldo Luna has been a Professor of Civil Engineering at Saint Louis University since 2014. He teaches courses in the field of geotechnical engineering, civil capstone design. His research interests lie in the dynamic response of soils and liquefaction, geographic information systems in civil engineering, and advances in soil mechanics and foundation 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 from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD, and MS in geotechnical engineering from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. He earned his PhD in 1995 from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA. Dr. Luna has practiced as a geotechnical engineer in the west coast and the central US and currently in the region and internationally. He is a registered professional engineer in the states of Missouri, California, and Washington and has published over 120 technical papers. He is a Fellow with the American Society of Civil Engineers and was recently inducted as a Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering, with the Academy of Geo-Professionals.

Special thanks to our sustaining members