David J. Elton, Ph.D., P.E., S.M., F. ASCE, SCM (Ret.), O.E.
Civil Engineering Department
University, AL 36830 USA
Geotechnical engineering, geosynthetics, landfills, soil mechanics, liquefaction, erosion control,
foundation engineering, pavement evaluation, soils magic, geotechnical education.
Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers
Winner, ASCE Geo-Institute Geotechnical Limerick Contest (2012)
USUCGER nominee for the NSF Distinguished Teaching Scholar (2003)
North American Geosynthetics Society, President, 2006 - 2010
USUCGER Board of Directors, 2001 - 2005
ASCE National Student Geotechnical Competition Committee, 2001-2008
Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (2002)
ASCE Geo-Institute nominee for the ASCE ExCEEd Career Award for Excellence in Teaching (2002)
USUCGER Distinguished Educator Award (2002)
Fred Burggraf Award of the Transportation Research Board, for paper "Expert System for Diagnosing Hot Mix Asphalt Segregation" (1989)
IGS Service Award (2000) from the International Geosynthetics Society
Who's Who in Engineering Education (2002)
Utah State University teaching commendation (2002)
Alabama Professional Engineer's License 18198
"Non-contact Road Profilometer and Deflection Meter", U.S. patent no. 4,571,695,
“Reinforcement Fabrics with Electronic
Transmission Capabilities”, with Howard Thomas, Andrew Sivulka,
Auburn University was issued US patent no. 8,009,120, 30 Aug 2011.
Book: Elton, D.J. (2001) Soils Magic, Geotechnical Special Publication 114, book and CD-ROM, American Society of Civil Engineers, Alexandria, VA. ASCE Best seller.
Book Chapter: The Teton Dam Failure, invited chapter in When Technology Fails, 1993, Gale Research, Inc., Detroit
International Geosynthetics Society, American Society of Civil Engineers, National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board Committees, Past President - North American Geosynthetics Society, Board member - U.S. Universities Council on Geotechnical Engineering Research
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