This year, Dr. Anand Puppala, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE., F.ASCE, F-ICE, gave the Ralph B. Peck Medal Lecture at the Geo-Congress 2020 Conference in Minneapolis. His lecture was titled “Problematic Soils: Characterization Challenges, Innovative Solutions and Novel Monitoring Methods.”
His lecture can be viewed in its entirety below.
Dr. Puppala’s research has been instrumental in advances in expansive soils and unsaturated soil mechanics, as well as practical implementation of soil improvement technologies for supporting transportation infrastructure. This research helps infrastructure last longer and take on less wear with their usage.
As a noted significant contributor in the field, Dr. Puppala was recognized with the Ralph B. Peck Award. “I am truly humbled and honored to receive this distinguished award, and I attribute this success to my faculty advisors and my research team members,” Puppala said. The Ralph B. Peck Award was established by ASCE and the Geo-Institute in 1995. It is presented for outstanding contributions to the geotechnical engineering profession through the publication of
a thoughtful, carefully researched case history or histories, or the publication of recommended practices or design methodologies based on the evaluation of case histories.
Dr. Puppala serves as the associate director of the Center for Infrastructure Renewal (CIR) and conducts his research in the geotechnical laboratories, specifically soils and unbound materials labs, housed within the facility.