Dr. Don J. DeGroot, Sc.D., P.E.

Professor

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College of Engineering
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Massachusetts Amherst
20 Marston Hall
130 Natural Resources Road
Amherst, MA 01003
Phone: 413-545-0088
Fax: 413-545-4525

E-mail: degroot@ecs.umass.edu

 

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • Sc.D. in Civil Engineering. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, August 1989
  • M.S. in Civil Engineering. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, June 1985
  • B.S.C.E in Civil Engineering with Great Distinction. Concordia University, May 1983
  • Diploma of Collegial Studies in Civil Engineering Technology, Dawson College, August 1979

Experience

  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Coordinator, Geotechnical Engineering Program, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2008-present
  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Coordinator, Geotechnical Engineering Program, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1995-2008
  • Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1989 - 1995
  • Gledden Visiting Senior Fellowship, Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems/University of Western Australia, 2005
  • Guest Researcher Fellowship, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Oslo, Norway, 1997
  • Research Assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1983 - 1989

Class Taught

CEE Engin 622 Geotechnical Materials Testing

CEE Engin 111 Introduction to Civil and Environmental Engineering - Geotechnical Lectures

Recent Papers Published

DeJong, J., DeGroot, D., and Yafrate, N. (2012). Closure to "Evaluation of Undrained Shear Strength Using Full-Flow Penetrometers." Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. Vol. 138, No. 6, pp. 765-767.

Low, H.E., Landon-Maynard, M.L., Randolph, M.F., and DeGroot, D.J. (2012). Closure to "Geotechnical characterisation and engineering properties of Burswood clay." Géotechnique. Vol. 62, No. 7, pp. 653-656.

Low, H.E., Landon, M.M., Randolph, M.F. and DeGroot, D.J. (2010). "Geotechnical characterisation and engineering properties of Burswood Clay." Géotechnique. In press.

DeJong, J.T., Yafrate, N. and DeGroot, D.J. (2010). "Evaluation of undrained shear strength using full flow penetrometers." Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, In press.

Ostendorf, D.W. and DeGroot, D.J. (2010). "Slug tests in the presence of background head trends." Groundwater. Vol. 48,   No. 4, pp. 609-613.

Poirier, S.E. and DeGroot, D.J. (2010). "Development of a portable probe for field and laboratory measurement of low to medium values of soil suction." Geotechnical Testing Journal. Vol. 33, No. 3, pp. 253-260.

DeJong, J., Yafrate, N., DeGroot, D.J., and Randolph, M.F. (2010). "Recommended practice for full-flow penetrometer testing and analysis."Geotechnical Testing Journal. Vol. 33, No. 2, pp. 137-149.

Ostendorf, D.W., DeGroot, D.J., Judge, A.I., and LaMesa, D. (2010). "Method to characterize aquitards above leaky aquifers with water supply wells." Hydrogeology Journal. Vol. 18, No. 3. pp. 595-605.

Yafrate, N., DeJong, J., DeGroot, D.J. and Randolph, M. (2009). "Evaluation of remolded shear strength and sensitivity of soft clay using full flow penetrometers." Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Vol. 135, No. 9, pp. 1179-1189.

Ostendorf, D.W., Zlotnik, V.A. and DeGroot, D.J. (2009). "A linear theory of slug tests with annular effects." Journal of Hydrology. Vol. 368, No. 4, pp. 205-213.

Landon, M.M., DeGroot, D.J., Sheahan, T.C. (2007). "Non-Destructive sample quality assessment using shear wave velocity." Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. Vol. 133, No. 4, pp. 424-432.

DeJong, J.T., Yafrate, N.J., DeGroot, D.J. (2007). "Design of a miniature piezoprobe for high resolution stratigraphic profiling." Geotechnical Testing Journal, Vol. 30, No. 4, DOI: 10.1520/GTJ100592.

Ostendorf, D.W., DeGroot, D.J. and Dunaj, P.J. (2007). "Waterhammer dissipation in pneumatic slug tests." Water Resources Research, Vol. 43, W02413, DOI:10.1029/2005WR004817.

DeGroot, D.J. and Landon, M.M. (2007). "Laboratory testing of undisturbed soft clay samples to determine engineering design parameters." Studia Geotechnica et Mechanica. No. 1-2, pp. 23-37.

Ostendorf, D.W., DeGroot, D.J., and Hinlein, E.S. (2007). "Unconfined aquifer response to infiltration basins and shallow pump tests." Journal of Hydrology. Vol. 338, No. 1, pp. 132-144.

Ostendorf, D.W., Hinlein, E.S., Rotaru, C., DeGroot, D.J. (2006). "Chloride contamination of groundwater by outdoor highway deicing agent storage." Journal of Hydrology, 326, pp. 109-121.

Ostendorf, D.W., DeGroot, D.J., Dunaj, P., and Jakubowski, J. (2005), "A closed form slug test theory for high permeability aquifers." Groundwater, Vol. 43, No. 1, pp. 87-101.

DeGroot, D.J. and Lutenegger, A.J. (2005). "Characterization by sampling and in situ testing – Connecticut Valley Varved Clay." Studia Geotechnica et Mechanica, Vol.XXVII, No. 3-4, pp. 91-105.

DeGroot, D.J., Poirier, S.E., and Landon, M.M. (2005). "Sample disturbance – soft clays." Studia Geotechnica et Mechanica, Vol. XXVII, No. 3-4, pp. 107-120.

Selected Conference Publications

DeGroot, D.J. and Ladd, C.C. (2012). Invited State of the Practice  "Site characterization for cohesive soil deposits using combined in situ and laboratory testing." Geotechnical Engineering State of the Art and Practice: Keynote Lectures from GeoCongress 2012, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 226, K. Rollins and D. Zekkos, Eds., ASCE Geo-Institute, pp. 565-608. (Refereed full paper)

DeGroot, D.J. and Ostendorf, D.W. (2010). Invited Paper "In situ and laboratory measurement of hydraulic conductivity for saturated soils."Proc. 4th International Workshop on Soil Parameters from In Situ and Laboratory Tests. Poznan, Poland, Sept 2010. In press.

DeGroot, D.J., Lunne, T. and Tjelta, T.I. (2010). "Recommended best practice for geotechnical site charaterisation of offshore cohesive sediments." Invited Keynote Paper. Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium on Frontiers in Offshore Geotechnics. Perth, Western Australia, Nov. 2010. In press.

DeGroot, D.J., Landon, M.M. and Lunne, T. (2008). "Synopsis of recommended practice for sampling and handling of soft clays to minimize sample disturbance." Proceedings of 3rd International Conference on Site Characterization, Taipei, Taiwan, CD-ROM, 6pp.

DeGroot, D.J., DeJong, J.T., Yafrate, N.J., Landon, M.M. and Sheahan, T.C. (2007). "Application of recent developments in terrestrial soft sediment characterization methods to offshore environments." Proc. of the Offshore Technology Conf., Paper No. 18737, Houston, TX. 12pp.

DeGroot, D.J. (2005). "Laboratory Measurement of Foundation Soil Response of Embankments During Stage Construction." Geomechanics: Testing, Modeling, and Simulation, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 143, American Society of Civil Engineers, Geo-Institute. 12pp.

DeGroot, D.J. and Sandven, R. (2004). Invited Paper: "Session Report – Theme 9: Laboratory and field comparisons." Proc. of the 2nd Int. Conf. on Site Characterization, Porto, Portugal, Vol. 2, 1775-1790.

DeGroot, D.J. (2003). Invited Paper: "Laboratory measurement and interpretation of soft clay mechanical behavior." ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication 119, Soil Behavior and Soft Ground Construction, 167-200.

DeGroot, D.J. and Lutenegger, A.J. (2003). Invited Paper: "Engineering properties of Connecticut Valley Varved Clay." Characterisation and Engineering Properties of Natural Soils, Tan et al. (eds.), Balkema, Vol. 1., 695-724.

Ladd, C.C. and DeGroot, D.J. (2003). Invited Paper: "Recommended practice for soft ground site characterization." The Arthur Casagrande Lecture, Proceedings of the 12th Panamerican Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Boston, MA, 3-57.

Recent Research Contracts Funded

DeGroot, D.J. (Principal Investigator), DeJong, T.J., Baise, L.G., McAdoo, B.G., Sheahan, T.C. and Walker, P.J.C. " Developing International Protocols for Offshore Sediments and their Role in Geohazards: Characterization, Assessment, and Mitigation." US National Science Foundation PIRE Program, Dec 2005 – Nov 2011, $2,341,579.

Baker, E. (Principal Investigator) et al., and DeGroot, D.J. (Senior Personnel, Executive Committee). "IGERT: Offshore Wind Energy Engineering, Environmental Science, and Policy" US National Science Foundation, Aug 2011 – July 2016, $3,200,000.

Ostendorf, D.W. (Principal Investigator), DeGroot, D.J. (Co-PI) and Hinlein, E. "Salt Remediation Program Support Interagency Service Agreement." MA Executive Office of Transportation, July 2012 – June 2015, $4,100,000.

"Workshop: Seabed Sediment Pore Pressure: Genesis, Measurement and Implications for Design/Analysis." US National Science Foundation, Principal Investigator, Sept 2008 – June 2009, $43,000.

"Developing International Protocols for Offshore Sediments and their Role in Geohazards: Characterization, Assessment, and Mitigation." National Science Foundation Partnerships for International Research and Education Program, Principal Investigator (with Co-PIs, J.T. DeJong, L.G.Baise, T.C. Sheahan, and B.G. McAdoo), September 2005 – August 2010, $2,341,579.

"Salt Remediation Program." Massachusetts Highway Department, Co-Principal Investigator (with PI, D.W. Ostendorf, and Co-PIs, E.S. Hinlein and C.J. DeMoranville), April 2005 – June 2008, $4,939,418.

"Development and Implementation of Early Detection Systems for Ground Movements." Vermont Agency of Transportation, Principal Investigator (with Co-PI, A.J. Lutenegger), March 2005 – August 2006, $104,953.

"Development and Validation of a MassHighway Geotechnical Engineering In Situ Testing System." Massachusetts Highway Department, Principal Investigator (with Co-PI, A.J. Lutenegger), April 2005 –March 2007, $165,906.

"Highway Deicing Agent Impacts on Soil and Groundwater Quality (supplement)." Massachusetts Highway Department, Co-Principal Investigator (with PI, D.W. Ostendorf and Co-PIs, A.J. Lutenegger and C. Demoranville), March 2004 – June 2005, $419,239.

"Highway Deicing Agent Impacts on Soil and Groundwater Quality." Massachusetts Highway Department, Co-Principal Investigator (with PI, D.W. Ostendorf and Co-PI, A.J. Lutenegger), July 2003 –June 2005, $1,507,280.

"Collaborative Research: International Development of New Tools for Evaluating and Remediating Sample Disturbance." Principal Investigator, National Science Foundation, Sept 2002 – August 2006, $191,763.

"Salt/Premix Storage Practices and Groundwater Quality – Amendment to ISA 7721." Massachusetts Highway Department, Co-Principal Investigator (with PI, D.W. Ostendorf and Co-PI, A.J. Lutenegger), May 2001 to June 2003, $1,070,850.

Recent Honors and Awards

  • Research Excellence Award, Civil and Environmental Enginering, UMass Amherst, 2009
  • George F. Sowers State-of-the-Art Lecture Award, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2006.
  • Gledden Visiting Senior Fellowship, University of Western Australia, 2005.
  • United Technologies Corporation Outstanding Laboratory Teaching Award, UMass Amherst, 1993.
  • Initiated as Faculty Member into Chi Epsilon by UMass Amherst Student Chapter for "Outstanding instruction in the classroom and laboratory." UMass Amherst, 1994.
  • Nominated for University Distinguished Teaching Award, UMass Amherst, 1993, 1995 and 1999.
  • James L. Tighe Civil Engineering Distinguished Teaching Award, UMass Amherst, 1997.

Links
Geotechnical Engineering Program: http://www.ecs.umass.edu/geotech
NSF International Project on offshore geohazards: www.offshoregeohazards.org