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NACGEA Advisory Committee:
Geotechnical Engineering Manager
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Dr.Craig Davis is responsible for managing geotechnical engineering,
geotechnical projects and overseeing a $1 billion dam and reservoir
development program.  He is a California licensed Civil and Geotechnical
Engineer and received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the California
Polytechnic State University in San Louis Obispo, CA, an M.S. in Civil
University of Southern California in 1991, and a Ph.D. in Civil
Engineering with emphasis in geotechnical earthquake engineering from
the University of Southern California in 2000.  He has worked for the
LADWP since 1987 where he has investigated and evaluated numerous
dams, managed several multimillion dollar projects, and implemented
unique and innovative designs.

Dr. Davis is actively involved in earthquake, geotechnical, and lifeline
engineering research, developing a number of case studies from the
1971 San Fernando and 1994 Northridge earthquakes and performing
evaluations on the seismic performance of dams and reservoirs,
pipelines and underground structures, and the effects of ground
deformations on water system facilities.  Dr. Davis has published over 50
papers in technical journals and conference proceedings and has
co-organized national and international workshops on water systems and
earthquake related aspects.  
Chairman and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Southern California
Professor Bardet's research interests includes 1.Geomechanics and
geotechnical engineering; 2. Geotechnical earthquake engineering and
post-earthquake reconnaissance; 3.Granular mechanics and computational
geomechanics. He received an Engineer's degree from Ecole Centrale,
France. He obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from California Institute of
Technology in 1979 and 1984, respectively.

Among other distinctions, Dr. Bardet was awarded the Young Presidential
Investigator Award of the National Science Foundation and the Gillbreth
lecture of the National Academy of Engineering. He authored a textbook in
experimental soil mechanics and more than 100 technical publications. He
is an associate editor of several professional journals in engineering.
Senior Water Resources Technical Advisor
HDR Engineering Inc.
Dr. Harder is a Senior Water Resources Technical Advisor in the Folsom
office. His primary duties are to manage and provide technical support for
the planning and design of water resources and environmental restoration
related projects. These projects include conducting hydrology and hydraulic
analyses, conducting flood hazard assessments, formulating flood damage
reduction plans, conducting reconnaissance and feasibility level planning
studies, and preparing final designs and construction documents.  His
responsibilities also include business development, scoping new work and
preparing proposals, scheduling work with subordinates, providing training
and reviewing work.

Dr. Harder has also worked on several projects with the United States Army
Corps of Engineers involving levee designs and design criteria, and has
been involved in several post-earthquake reconnaissance studies of the
performance of earth structures.  Recently, Dr. Harder was part of the
National Science Foundation team that studied the performance of levees
in the New Orleans area following Hurricane Katrina.  In 2008, he was
appointed by the Assistant Secretary of the Army to serve on the National
Committee on Levee Safety, a committee mandated by the United States
Congress to develop and recommend a new national levee safety program.  
Dr. Harder also serves as the Chair of the Board of Senior Consultants for
the Natomas Levee Improvement Program.
Manager of Dam Safety
Southern California Edison
John is currently holding a position as the Manager of Dam Safety in
Engineering and Technical Services (E&TS) Division, Power Production
Department, in Southern California Edison, a company where John has
served for over 30 years. Prior to his current assignment, John has
performed engineering design, supervision, and project management duties
on various nuclear, fossil, and hydro generating projects in the SCE.
Between 1996 and 1998, John was hired as an International Consultant by
the Federal Government of the Philippines in supporting the “Post-Pinatubo
Seismic Retrofit Project” for the national highway infrastructures. The
project was financed by the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank
(ADB). Recently, John was one of the Steering Committee Members for the
First Dam Safety Western Regional Forum held in San Francisco in
January, 2009. John is currently leading the SCE “Dam Safety Risk
Assessment Program (DSRAP)” which will build a strong foundation for the
company’s Dam Safety Improvement Programs.

John received his BS degree in Civil Engineering at Taipei Technical
University in Taiwan, and his MS degree in Civil Engineering at Kansas
State University in Manhattan, Kansas. He is a Registered Civil Engineering
in California.  
Senior Vice President
Hayward Baker Inc.
Mr. Gularte received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from University of
Southern California in 1970, and a M.S. in Civil Engineering from
Northewestern University in 1971.
Professor of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
The University of Kansas
Dr. Jie Han is a professor at Department of Civil, Environmental, and
Architectural Engineering at the University of Kansas in the United States.  
He received his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute
of Technology in 1997 and has been a professional engineer in Georgia
since 1998.  Prior to joining the University of Kansas in August 2004, Dr.
Han was an assistant professor at Department of Civil Engineering at
Widener University from 2001 to 2004 and a manager of technology
development at Tensar Earth Technologies, Inc. from 1997 to 2001.  

Prof. Han’s research and practical experiences have dealt with
geosynthetics-reinforced earth structures, ground improvement, pile
foundations, and pavement applications.  Prof. Han has coauthored three
technical books, edited two ASCE Geotechnical Special Publications, and
published more than 150 peer-reviewed journal papers and conference
papers.  Dr. Han has given a number of keynote or invited lectures in
Australia, China, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Panama, Peru, the United
Kingdom, and the USA.  He was one of sixteen invited Top Name Speakers
for the 1999 ASCE/Pa DOT Geotechnical Seminar.  He is a member of the
Editorial Board of the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental
Engineering, the Advisory Board/Editorial Panel of the International Journal
of Geomechanics, the Editorial Board of International Journal of
Geomechanics and Geoengineering, the ASCE Geosynthetic Committee,
the ASCE Ground Improvement Committee, and TRB A2K07 Committee on
Geosynthetics.  He was the Secretary General and Technical Committee
Co-Chair for the GeoShanghai International Conference held in Shanghai,
China from June 6 to 8 2006; the co-chair of the US-China Workshop on
Ground Improvement Technologies held in Orlando, the USA on March 14,
2009; an international advisory board member, technical committee
member, or session chair for a number of international conferences; and a
member of review panels for the U.S. National Science Foundation and the
National Cooperative Highway Research Program.  

Prof. Han has received a number of research grants from the National
Science Foundation, the Federal Highway Administration, Kansas
Department of Transportation, Delaware Transportation Institute, the
University of Kansas, Widener University, and industries.  His total research
expenditure has been more than 2 million U.S. dollars.  Prof. Han received
the Short-Term Invitation Fellowship for Research in Japan from the Japan
Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) in 2002.  He was the recipient
of Bellows Scholar Award from School of Engineering at the University of
Kansas in 2006, the Miller Professional Development Award for
Distinguished Service to the Engineering Profession from School of
Engineering at the University of Kansas in 2007, and the best paper award
from the U.S. Transportation Research Board in 2008.  
Chairman and Frank H. Neff Endowed Chair Professor
Department of Civil Engineering
Case Western Reserve University

University of Cambridge, England     Civil Engineering                Ph.D., 1991
University of Cambridge, England     Civil Engineering                M.Phil, 1987
Tsinghua University, China               Civil Engineering                B. Eng, 1985

b. Appointments

January 2009 – Present        Chairman and Neff Endowed Chair Professor,
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.

August 2005 – Present        Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering, Case
Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.

Aug. 2000 – Aug.2005        Associate Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering,
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.

July 1999 – July 2000        Associate Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering,
University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky.

Jan. 1994 – June 1999        Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil Engineering,
University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky.

Nov. 1992 – Dec. 1993        Assistant Research Engineer, Dept. of Civil
Engineering, University of California, Davis, California.

Jan. 1990 – Oct. 1992        Research Fellow, Cambridge University, England

c. Research Activities
Over one hundred publications in journals and conference proceedings. PI
or Co-PI for more than 30 research projects. Supervised more than 30
graduate students.

d. Synergistic Activities

1) Chair, Committee on Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering,   
ASCE, March 2009 –present, Co-Chair, 2005 – 2009.

2) Editor of Proceedings for Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil
Dynamics IV, ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication No.181, 2008.

3) NASA Faculty Fellow, 2004, 2006, 2007.
4) UCITE Learning Fellow for developing curriculum, Case Western
Reserve University, 2004.

5) Chairman of Organizing Committee, NSF International Workshop on
Seismic Stability of Tailings Dams, 2003.
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