Pedro de Alba Lectures

8th Annual Geotechnical Engineering's
Pedro de Alba Lecture
was held on April 29, 2021

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Professor Benoit Photo

CEE Professor Jean Benoît will be discussing the ongoing work with the Smart Rock technology, a brainchild of  Professor de Alba. 
The presentation will review the development of this unique sensor and demonstrate through current and past projects how it can help better understand landslide
mechanisms and rockfalls.

8th Annual Pedro de Alba Lecture Flyer

Full abstract


Professor de Alba photo

Professor Pedro de Alba joined the Dept. of Civil Engineering at UNH in 1977. In his 33 years at UNH he taught over 12 courses in geotechnical engineering at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Professor de Alba was an outstanding teacher, a scholar and a true gentleman. He was a mentor and role model to his students and colleagues. His professional interests were in experimental techniques for measuring the dynamic response of soils, especially residual strength of liquefied sand. Professionally he was involved with several major research projects. He was a member of ASCE, EERI and ASTM, and also co-editor and found of the earthquake engineering journal, Sismodinamica. His dedication to the engineering profession was truly exemplary.

View presentations from previous lectures:

2021 Pedro de Alba Lecture 
Dr. Jean Benoît, Professor UNH Civil and Environmental Engineering

2019 Pedro de Alba Lecture  
Dr. Jeffrey R. Keaton, Principal Engineering Geologist, Wood Environment & Infrasture Solutions, Los Angeles, CA

2018 Pedro de Alba Lecture 
Dr. Harry Poulos, Senior Consultant, Coffey Group & Emeritus Professor, University of Sydney, Australia

2017 Pedro de Alba Lecture 
Dr. G.W. Clough, Professor Emeritus, Georgia Institute of Technology, Secretary Emeritus of The Smithsonian Institution 

2016 Pedro de Alba Lecture 
Dr. I.M. Idriss, Professor Emeritus, University of CA, Consulting Geotechnical Engineer, Santa Fe, NM

2015 Pedro de Alba Lecture 
Dr. Robert D. Holtz, Professor Emeritus, University of Washington