Stark to speak at 2018 Illinois Transportation and Highway Engineering Conference

12/11/2017 11:32:05 AM

Professor Timothy Stark has been invited to speak at the 2018 Illinois Transportation and Highway Engineering (T.H.E.) Conference. The conference will take place February 27 – 28, 2018, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Stark will speak about his research project, Modified Standard Penetration Test–based Drilled Shaft Design Method for Weak Rocks (Phase 2 Study), which is Illinois Center for Transportation's featured project for the conference. The main objectives of the project are to “improve the proposed design methods for axial capacity of drilled shafts embedded in weak rock, develop appropriate reliability-based resistance factors, and refine the Modified Standard Penetration Test (MSPT) method to reduce/eliminate the need for rock coring and laboratory triaxial compression testing for IDOT drilled shaft design.”

Stark earned his bachelor’s degree (1981) from University of Delaware, master’s degree (1984) from University of California at Berkeley, and doctorate (1987) from Virginia Tech. He joined the CEE at Illinois faculty in 1999. His research focuses on the static and seismic stability of natural and manmade slopes, such as dams, levees, floodwalls, and waste containment facilities, railroad geotechnics, geosynthetics and geomembranes, soil liquefaction during earthquakes, and stabilization and behavior of dredged material containment areas.