UC Davis to play major role in new Geotechnical Engineering Center

UC Davis, Arizona State University, New Mexico State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology have joined forces to create the Center for Bio-inspired and Bio-mediated Geotechnics (CBBG), to embrace and expand the rapidly emerging field of biogeotechnical engineering. The National Science Foundation (NSF) will support this new Engineering Research Center (ERC) with a five-year, $18.5 million grant: the nation’s largest single investment in geotechnical research. The UC Davis team will be headed by Jason DeJong, a geotechnical engineering professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The CBBG will analyze the fundamental processes of natural biological systems, to develop an entirely new generation of ecologically friendly, cost-effective solutions for the development and rehabilitation of resilient and sustainable civil infrastructure systems. This will propel the U.S. into a leadership role in biogeotechnical engineering, enhancing national security by providing green and sustainable solutions to crucial infrastructure and resource development-related challenges.

“The point is to shift from the construction profession’s historically cement-heavy, brute-force approach to infrastructure, and replace it with optimized, efficient and sustainable solutions to geotechnical practice,” DeJong explains.

DeJong will take technical lead on numerous projects, and he’ll be joined by several UC Davis colleagues including Alissa Kendall, Tim Ginn, and Bruce Kutter, who are also faculty members in Civil and Environmental Engineering department.

Read the full article about the CBBG on the UC Davis College of Engineering website.

Jason DeJong and Team