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Tuesday, February 25

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

H. Bolton Seed Medal Lecture

"Open Issues about Soil Liquefaction from a Perspective Including Physical Model Tests" 

Bruce Lloyd KutterAwarded annually by the Geo-Institute, the recipient of the H. Bolton Seed Medal is honored for outstanding contributions to teaching, research, or practice in geotechnical engineering.

Presented by this year’s recipient, Bruce Kutter, Ph.D, M.ASCE

Wednesday, February 26

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Engineering a Miracle

Guest Speaker: Dave Christian, American Former Professional Ice Hockey Forward, Olympic Gold Medalist

Dave Christian, American Former Professional Ice Hockey Forward, Olympic Gold MedalistChristian comes from a family of hockey players. His father Bill and uncle Roger were members of the 1960 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team that won the Gold Medal. His family is also famous for the Christian Brothers Hockey Company, makers of hockey sticks, founded in 1964 in Warroad, MN by Bill and Roger, along with Hal Bakke. Christian is best known for being a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team that won the gold medal in an event known as the Miracle On Ice during the 1980 Winter Olympics.

Within a week of the Miracle On Ice, Christian joined the Winnipeg Jets, who drafted him in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. Just 7 seconds into his first NHL shift, Christian electrified the sold out Winnipeg crowd with his first professional goal. After a roller-coaster career in Winnipeg, he went on to play in the NHL with the Washington Capitals, Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues. In 1009 NHL games, he scored 340 goals and 433 assists. Christian attended the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Mercer Lecture

"Geosynthetics for Construction on Soft Foundation Soils"

R. Kerry RoweThe series was established in 1992 to provide individuals who have made significant technical contributions to the advancement of geosynthetics the opportunity to present their work at international conferences around the world.

Presented by this year’s recipient, R. Kerry Rowe, Ph.D., DEng., DSc(hc), FRS, NAE, FREng, FRSC, FCAE, FEIC, FASCE, FIE(Aust), FCSCE, P.Eng, CP.Eng.

Thursday, February 27

8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Kersten Lecture

"Energy Geotechnology: A new Era for Geotechnical Engineering Practice"

Lyesse LalouiThe University of Minnesota 68th Annual Geotechnical Engineering Conference presents the Kersten Lecture. This year the topic is Energy Geotechnology: a new Era for Geotechnical Engineering Practice.

Presented by this year’s lecturer, Lyesse Laloui, Ph.D.



"The Art of Numerical Modeling in Geomechanics"

Lyesse LalouiPresented by Peter A. Cundall, Ph.D., FREng, NAE, Adjunct Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Karl Terzaghi Lecture

"Observing and Controlling Ground Behavior during Tunneling"

Ed CordingFor more than 50 years, Geo-Institute’s Karl Terzaghi Lecture has been given by an individual honored by the Geo-Institute for their exemplary contributions to the field of geotechnical engineering.

Presented by this year’s recipient, Ed Cording, Ph.D., M.ASCE, NAE.

Friday, February 28

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Ralph B. Peck Award Lecture

"Problematic Soils: Characterization Challenges, Innovative Solutions and Novel Monitoring Methods"

Anand PuppalaThe Ralph B. Peck Medal Lecture is presented annually by a geotechnical engineer recognized by the Geo-Institute for outstanding contributions to the profession through the analysis and publication of case histories.

Presented by this year’s recipient, Anand Puppala, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE., F.ASCE, F-ICE

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