Welcome to the geotechnical engineering program of the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin website. Geotechnical engineering is a branch of civil engineering that generally deals with problems involving soil and rock. Examples include the design of foundations for structures, tunneling, disposal of waste products by burial in the ground, design of earth dams, and a variety of other similar topics.

We are proud to offer our students what we feel is one of the best graduate programs in geotechnical engineering in the United States. Our instructional and research programs maintain a strong balance between the experimental, analytical, theoretical, and applied aspects of geotechnical engineering. The program has been deliberately designed to offer a broad range of activities, with a solid basis in the core areas of geotechnical engineering and opportunities for students to participate in research at the forefront of developments in the field. Our graduates obtain an education that serves as a foundation for successful careers in geotechnical engineering practice or academia. Our faculty includes six full-time professors in geotechnical engineering, but our greatest strength derives from the talents of our students.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to educate undergraduate and graduate students to become leaders in geotechnical engineering practice and academia. We strive to provide a broad and diverse education that produces graduates who are well schooled in the fundamentals of our field. To achieve these goals, we maintain a balance between research and teaching in our program. Accordingly, theory and practice, experimental and analytical techniques, and traditional and cutting edge ideas are integrated within our research and teaching.