University of Delaware - College of Engineering
CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

Christopher L. Meehan

Ph.D, Virginia Tech

Bentley Systems Incorporated Chair of Civil Engineering
Associate Professor


Office: 360A DuPont Hall
Phone: (302) 831-6074
Fax: (302) 831-3640
Email: cmeehan@udel.edu
Curriculum Vitae:  view
Web Page:  http://udel.edu/~cmeehan/

[ Short Bio | Education | Awards | Select Publications ]

Short Bio

Research Interests:
Geotechnical engineering; soil mechanics and soil shear behavior; slope stability; foundation engineering; geosynthetics; soil-structure interaction; soil and site improvement; intelligent compaction; design of levee systems.


Education

2006: Ph.D, Virginia Tech
2000: Master, Virginia Tech
1999: Bachelor, University of New Hampshire

Honors and Awards

American Society of Civil Engineers (Delaware Section): 2012 Young Engineer of the Year
University of Delaware: Bentley Systems Incorporated Chair of Civil Engineering
American Society of Civil Engineers: 2012 ASCE ExCEEd New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award
2012-2013 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant: Fulbright-Tampere University of Technology Scholar Award
National Science Foundation : 2009 CAREER Award
Research on Intelligent Compaction: Featured in "Materials Performance" magazine, 4/09
Research on Intelligent Compaction: Featured in ASCE SmartBrief, 2/2/09
Teaching Mentor: ASCE ExCEEd 2008
Selected to Attend ADSC 2008 Civil Engineering Faculty Workshop: Chattanooga, TN
Teaching Fellow: ASCE ExCEEd 2007
United States Society on Dams Scholarship: 2003
Via Master's Fellowship Award Winner: 1999-2000

Select Publications

Edited Proceedings:

(Direct links to these publications are available on Meehan's personal webpage)

2)  Meehan, C. L., VanBriesen, J. M., Vahedifard, F., Yu, X., and Quiroga, C. (2014). "Shale Energy Engineering 2014: Technical Challenges, Environmental Issues, and Public Policy." Proceedings of the ASCE Energy Division's 2014 Shale Energy Engineering Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, July 21-23, 2014, ASCE, Reston, VA, 733 pp. (Published on CD-ROM, ISBN:978-0-7844-1365-4, doi:10.1061/9780784413654)

1)  Meehan, C. L., Pradel, D., Pando, M. A., and Labuz, J. F. (2013). "Geo-Congress 2013: Stability and Performance of Slopes and Embankments III." Proceedings of the ASCE Geo-Institute's 2013 Geo-Congress, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 231, San Diego, CA, March 3-7, 2013, ASCE, Reston, VA,  2280 pp. (Published on CD-ROM, ISBN:9780784412787, doi:10.1061/9780784412787)
 
Refereed Journal Publications:  (* indicates published with student)

(Direct links to these publications are available on Meehan's personal webpage)

27)  *Khabbazian, M., Kaliakin, V. N., and Meehan, C. L. (2014). "Column Supported Embankments with Geosynthetic Encased Columns: Validity of the Unit Cell Concept." Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, Springer. (Accepted, In Press).

26)  *Khabbazian, M., Meehan, C. L., and Kaliakin, V. N. (2014). "Column Supported Embankments with Geosynthetic Encased Columns: Parametric Study." Transportation Infrastructure Geotechnology, Springer, 1(3-4), 301-325. (doi:10.1007/s40515-014-0010-7)

25)  *Meehan, C. L. and Benjasupattananan, S. (2014). "Analytical Approach for Modeling Axisymmetric Levee Underseepage." Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, 140(4), 04013037.1-04013037.12. (doi:10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0000952)

24)  Haeri, S. M., Garakani, A. A., Khosravi, A., and Meehan, C. L. (2014). "Assessing the Hydro-Mechanical Behavior of Collapsible Soils Using a Modified Triaxial Test Device." Geotechnical Testing Journal, ASTM, 37(2), 190-204. (doi:10.1520/GTJ20130034)

23)  *Meehan, C. L., Khosravi, M., and Cacciola, D. V. (2013). "Monitoring Field Lift Thickness Using Compaction Equipment Instrumented with Global Positioning System (GPS) Technology." Geotechnical Testing Journal, ASTM, 36(5), 755-767. (doi:10.1520/GTJ20120124)

22)  *Khosravi, A., Sadaghiani, M. H., Khosravi, M., and Meehan, C. L. (2013). "The Effect of Asperity Inclination and Orientation on the Shear Behavior of Rock Joints." Geotechnical Testing Journal, ASTM, 36(3), 404-417. (doi:10.1520/GTJ20120060)

21)  *Vahedifard, F., Leshchinsky, D., and Meehan, C. L. (2013). "Displacement-Based Internal Design of Geosynthetic-Reinforced Earth Structures Subjected to Seismic Loading Conditions." otechnique, The Institution of Civil Engineers, 63(6), 451-462. (doi:10.1680/geot.11.P.130)

20)  *Meehan, C. L. and Hertz, J. S. (2013). "Using a Complex-Impedance Measuring Instrument to Determine In Situ Soil Unit Weight and Moisture Content." Geotechnical Testing Journal, ASTM, 36(1), 119-137. (doi:10.1520/GTJ20120005)
   
19)  *Meehan, C. L. and Vahedifard, F. (2013). "Evaluation of Simplified Methods for Predicting Earthquake-Induced Slope Displacements in Earth Dams and Embankments." Engineering Geology, Elsevier, 152(1), 180-193. (doi:10.1016/j.enggeo.2012.10.016)

18)  *Meehan, C. L. and Benjasupattananan, S. (2012). "An Analytical Approach for Levee Underseepage Analysis." Journal of Hydrology, Elsevier, 470-471, 201-211. (doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2012.08.050)

17)  *Vahedifard, F., Leshchinsky, D., and Meehan, C. L. (2012). "Relationship Between the Seismic Coefficient and the Unfactored Geosynthetic Force in Reinforced Earth Structures." Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, 138(10), 1209-1221.  (doi:10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0000701)

16)  *Kaliakin, V. N., Khabbazian, M., and Meehan, C. L. (2012). "Modeling the Behavior of Geosynthetic Encased Columns: Influence of Granular Soil Constitutive Model." International Journal of Geomechanics, ASCE, 12(4), 357-369.  (doi:10.1061/(ASCE)GM.1943-5622.0000084)

15)  *Leshchinsky, D., Vahedifard, F., and Meehan, C. L. (2012). "Application of a Hydraulic Gradient Technique for Modeling the Uplift Behavior of Piles in Sand." Geotechnical Testing Journal, ASTM, 35(3), 400-408.  (doi:10.1520/GTJ103850)

14)  *Meehan, C. L., Tehrani, F. S., and Vahedifard, F. (2012). "A Comparison of Density-Based and Modulus-Based In Situ Test Measurements for Compaction Control." Geotechnical Testing Journal, ASTM, 35(3), 387-399. (doi:10.1520/GTJ103479)
   
13)  Meehan, C. L., Tiwari, B., Brandon, T. L., and Duncan, J. M. (2011). "Triaxial Shear Testing of Polished Slickensided Surfaces." Landslides, Journal of the International Consortium on Landslides, Springer, 8(4), 449-458.  (doi:10.1007/s10346-011-0263-y)

12)  *Khabbazian, M., Meehan, C. L., and Kaliakin, V. N. (2011). "Discussion of "Geosynthetic-Encased Stone Columns: Analytical Calculation Model" by Bostjan Pulko, Bojan Majes, and Janko Logar, Geotextiles and Geomembranes 29 (2011) 29-39." Geotextiles and Geomembranes, Elsevier, 29(6), 581-583.  (doi:10.1016/j.geotexmem.2011.01.010)

11)  *Khabbazian, M., Kaliakin, V. N., and Meehan, C. L. (2011). "Performance of Quasilinear Elastic Constitutive Models in Simulation of Geosynthetic Encased Columns." Computers and Geotechnics, Elsevier, 38(8), 998-1007.  (doi:10.1016/j.compgeo.2011.07.007)

10)  *Vahedifard, F. and Meehan, C. L. (2011). "A Multi-Parameter Correlation for Predicting the Seismic Displacement of an Earth Dam or Embankment." Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, Springer, 29(6), 1023-1034.  (doi:10.1007/s10706-011-9434-9)

9)  *Meehan, C. L. and Tehrani, F. S. (2011). "A Comparison of Simultaneously Recorded Machine Drive Power and Compactometer Measurements." Geotechnical Testing Journal, ASTM, 34(3), 208-218.  (doi:10.1520/GTJ103235)

8)  *Vahedifard, F., Nili, M., and Meehan, C. L. (2010). "Assessing the Effects of‏ Supplementary Cementitious Materials on the Performance of Low-Cement Roller Compacted Concrete Pavement." Construction and Building Materials, Elsevier, 24(12), 2528-2535.  (doi:10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2010.06.003)

7)  *Leshchinsky, D., Imamoglu, B., and Meehan, C. L. (2010). "Exhumed Geogrid-Reinforced Retaining Wall." Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, 136(10), 1311-1323.  (doi:10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0000354)

6)  *Khabbazian, M., Kaliakin, V. N., and Meehan, C. L. (2010). "Numerical Study of the Effect of Geosynthetic Encasement on the Behaviour of Granular Columns." Geosynthetics International, Thomas Telford, 17(3), 132-143.  (doi:10.1680/gein.2010.17.3.132)

5)  Meehan, C. L., Brandon, T. L., Duncan, J. M., and Tiwari, B. (2010). "Direct Shear Testing of Polished Slickensided Surfaces." Landslides, Journal of the International Consortium on Landslides, Springer, 7(2), 157-167.  (doi:10.1007/s10346-010-0199-7)

4)  *Leshchinsky, D., Zhu, F., and Meehan, C. L. (2010). "Required Unfactored Strength of Geosynthetic in Reinforced Earth Structures." Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, 136(2), 281-289.  (doi:10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0000209)

3)  Meehan, C. L., Boulanger, R. W., and Duncan, J. M. (2008). "Dynamic Centrifuge Testing of Slickensided Shear Surfaces." Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, 134(8), 1086-1096.  (doi:10.1061/(ASCE)1090-0241(2008)134:8(1086))

2)  Meehan, C. L., Brandon, T. L., and Duncan, J. M. (2008). "Measuring "Fast" Shear Strengths Along Slickensided Surfaces in the Bromhead Ring Shear." Geotechnical Testing Journal, ASTM, 31(3), 239-242.  (doi:10.1520/GTJ101325)

1)  Meehan, C. L., Brandon, T. L., and Duncan, J. M. (2007). "Measuring Drained Residual Strengths in the Bromhead Ring Shear." Geotechnical Testing Journal, ASTM, 30(6), 466-473.  (doi:10.1520/GTJ101017)
 
Conference Proceedings:  (* indicates published with student)

(Direct links to these publications are available on Meehan's personal webpage)

29)  *Talebi, M., Meehan, C. L., Cacciola, D. V., and Becker, M. L. (2014). "Design and Construction of a Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil Integrated Bridge System." Proc., Geo-Congress 2014: Geo-Characterization and Modeling for Sustainability, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 234, Atlanta, GA, February 23-26, 2014, ASCE, Reston, VA, 4176-4190.  (doi:10.1061/9780784413272.406)

28)  *Becker, M. L., Meehan, C. L., and Kaliakin, V. N. (2014). "Finite Element Modeling of Heat Transfer in a Reinforced Concrete Pavement." Proc., Geo-Congress 2014: Geo-Characterization and Modeling for Sustainability, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 234, Atlanta, GA, February 23-26, 2014, ASCE, Reston, VA, 2942-2951.  (doi:10.1061/9780784413272.285)

27)  *Cacciola, D. V., Khosravi, M., and Meehan, C. L. (2014). "Using Compaction Equipment Instrumented with Global Positioning System (GPS) Technology to Monitor Field Lift Thickness." Proc., Geo-Congress 2014: Geo-Characterization and Modeling for Sustainability, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 234, Atlanta, GA, February 23-26, 2014, ASCE, Reston, VA, 2630-2639.  (doi:10.1061/9780784413272.254)

26)  *Tehrani, F. S., Meehan, C. L., and Vahedifard, F. (2014). "A Comparison of Density-Based and Modulus-Based In Situ Tests for Earthwork Quality Control." Proc., Geo-Congress 2014: Geo-Characterization and Modeling for Sustainability, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 234, Atlanta, GA, February 23-26, 2014, ASCE, Reston, VA, 2345-2354.  (doi:10.1061/9780784413272.228)

25)  *Khosravi, A., Khosravi, M., Sadaghiani, M. H., Meehan, C. L., and Amini, E. (2014). "Assessing the Shear Behavior of Oriented Rock Joints under Constant Normal Loading Conditions." Proc., Geo-Congress 2014: Geo-Characterization and Modeling for Sustainability, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 234, Atlanta, GA, February 23-26, 2014, ASCE, Reston, VA, 553-562.  (doi:10.1061/9780784413272.053)

24)  *Khosravi, M., Leshchinsky, D., Meehan, C. L., and Khosravi, A. (2013). "Stability Analysis of Seismically Loaded Slopes Using Finite Element Techniques." Proc., Geo-Congress 2013: Stability and Performance of Slopes and Embankments III, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 231, San Diego, CA, March 3-7, 2013, ASCE, Reston, VA, 1310-1319. (doi:10.1061/9780784412787.132)

23)  *Vahedifard, F., Leshchinsky, D., and Meehan, C. L. (2013). "Application of a New Analytical-Numerical Framework for Displacement-Based Seismic Design of Geosynthetic-Reinforced Earth Structures." Proc., Geo-Congress 2013: Stability and Performance of Slopes and Embankments III, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 231, San Diego, CA, March 3-7, 2013, ASCE, Reston, VA, 1158-1167. (doi:10.1061/9780784412787.117)

22)  *Benjasupattananan, S. and Meehan, C. L. (2013). "Probability-Based Design for Levee Underseepage: Heaving vs. Piping Phenomena." Proc., Geo-Congress 2013: Stability and Performance of Slopes and Embankments III, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 231, San Diego, CA, March 3-7, 2013, ASCE, Reston, VA, 1139-1142. (doi:10.1061/9780784412787.115)

21)  *Benjasupattananan, S. and Meehan, C. L. (2013). "Analytical Solutions for Levee Underseepage Analysis: Straight and Curved Levee Sections with an Infinite Blanket." Proc., Geo-Congress 2013: Stability and Performance of Slopes and Embankments III, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 231, San Diego, CA, March 3-7, 2013, ASCE, Reston, VA, 1129-1138. (doi:10.1061/9780784412787.114)

20)  *Talebi, M., Vahedifard, F., and Meehan, C. L. (2013). "Effect of Geomechanical and Geometrical Factors on Soil Arching in Zoned Embankment Dams." Proc., Geo-Congress 2013: Stability and Performance of Slopes and Embankments III, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 231, San Diego, CA, March 3-7, 2013, ASCE, Reston, VA, 1056-1065. (doi:10.1061/9780784412787.107)

19)  *Cacciola, D. V., Meehan, C. L., and Khosravi, M. (2013). "An Evaluation of Specification Methodologies for Use with Continuous Compaction Control Equipment." Proc., Geo-Congress 2013: Stability and Performance of Slopes and Embankments III, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 231, San Diego, CA, March 3-7, 2013, ASCE, Reston, VA, 413-416. (doi:10.1061/9780784412787.041)

18)  *Hertz, J. S. and Meehan, C. L. (2013). "Comparisons of Data from a Complex-Impedance Measuring Instrument and Conventional Compaction Control Tests." Proc., Geo-Congress 2013: Stability and Performance of Slopes and Embankments III, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 231, San Diego, CA, March 3-7, 2013, ASCE, Reston, VA, 353-362. (doi:10.1061/9780784412787.035)

17)  *Khosravi, M., Meehan, C. L., Cacciola, D. V., and Khosravi, A. (2013). "Effect of Fast Shearing on the Residual Shear Strengths Measured Along Pre-Existing Shear Surfaces in Kaolinite." Proc., Geo-Congress 2013: Stability and Performance of Slopes and Embankments III, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 231, San Diego, CA, March 3-7, 2013, ASCE, Reston, VA, 245-254. (doi:10.1061/9780784412787.025)

16)  *Khosravi, A., Khosravi, M., and Meehan, C. L. (2013). "The Hydro-Mechanical Behavior of Infilled Rock Joints with Fill Materials in Unsaturated Conditions." Proc., Geo-Congress 2013: Stability and Performance of Slopes and Embankments III, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 231, San Diego, CA, March 3-7, 2013, ASCE, Reston, VA, 129-138. (doi:10.1061/9780784412787.014)

15)  *Benjasupattananan, S. and Meehan, C. L. (2012). "Deterministic and Probabilistic Approaches for Two- and Three-Dimensional Levee Underseepage Analyses." Proc., Dam Safety 2012: Annual Conference of the Association of State Dam Safety Officials, Denver, CO, September 16-21, 2012, ASDSO, Lexington, KY, Published on CD-ROM.  (ASDSO 2012 Award Winner: Student Paper Competition)

14)  *Benjasupattananan, S. and Meehan, C. L. (2012). "An Investigation of Three Probabilistic Approaches for Levee Underseepage Analysis." Proc., GeoCongress 2012: State of the Art and Practice in Geotechnical Engineering, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 225, Oakland, CA, March 25-29, 2012, ASCE, Reston, VA, 2912-2921.  (doi:10.1061/9780784412121.298)

13)  *Khabbazian, M., Kaliakin, V. N., and Meehan, C. L. (2012). "Numerical Simulation of Column Supported Embankments with Geosynthetic Encased Columns: Influence of Soft Soil Constitutive Model." Proc., GeoCongress 2012: State of the Art and Practice in Geotechnical Engineering, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 225, Oakland, CA, March 25-29, 2012, ASCE, Reston, VA, 1-10.  (doi:10.1061/9780784412121.001)

12)  *Vahedifard, F. and Meehan, C. L. (2011). "Error Analysis of Predicted Seismic Displacement of Earth Dams Using Simplified Sliding Block Methods." Proc., Geo-Frontiers 2011: Advances in Geotechnical Engineering, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 211, Dallas, TX, March 13-16, 2011, ASCE, Reston, VA, 3245-3254.  (doi:10.1061/41165(397)332)

11)  *Chen, Y. and Meehan, C. L. (2011). "Undrained Strength Characteristics of Compacted Bentonite/Sand Mixtures." Proc., Geo-Frontiers 2011: Advances in Geotechnical Engineering, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 211, Dallas, TX, March 13-16, 2011, ASCE, Reston, VA, 2699-2708.  (doi:10.1061/41165(397)276)

10)  *Khabbazian, M., Meehan, C. L., and Kaliakin, V. N. (2011). "Influence of Granular Soil Constitutive Model when Simulating the Behavior of Geosynthetic Encased Columns." Proc., Geo-Frontiers 2011: Advances in Geotechnical Engineering, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 211, Dallas, TX, March 13-16, 2011, ASCE, Reston, VA, 539-548.  (doi:10.1061/41165(397)56)

9)  *Vahedifard, F., Meehan, C. L., and O'Neal, M. A. (2011). "Earthquake-Triggered Landslide Hazard Mapping: The Effects of Spatial Resolution and Displacement Model Selection." Proc., 2011 Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Annual Meeting, La Jolla, CA, February 9-12, 2011, 169-170.
   
8)  *Han, B., Imhoff, P. T., Scicchitano, V., O'Neal, M. A., Puleo, J. A., Meehan, C. L., Dentel, S. K., and Fluman, D. A. (2010). "Airborne Measurements for Quantifying Methane Emissions from Landfills." 2010 Global Waste Management Symposium Proceedings, San Antonio, TX, October 3-6, 2010.
   
7)  *Kaliakin, V. N., Jiang, P., Khabbazian, M., and Meehan, C. L. (2010). "Performance of Enhanced Mixed Elements with Continuous Pressure Approximations as Applied to Porous Geologic Materials." 16th US National Congress of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, State College, PA, June 27-July 2, 2010, Published on CD-ROM.
   
6)  *Vahedifard, F. and Meehan, C. L. (2010). "Examination of Simplified Displacement-Based Methods for Dynamic Analyses of Slopes." Proc., GeoFlorida 2010: Advances in Analysis, Modeling and Design, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 199, West Palm Beach, FL, February 20-24, 2010, ASCE, Reston, VA, 3175-3184.  (doi:10.1061/41095(365)324)

5)  *Tehrani, F. S. and Meehan, C. L. (2010). "The Effect of Water Content on Light Weight Deflectometer Measurements." Proc., GeoFlorida 2010: Advances in Analysis, Modeling and Design, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 199, West Palm Beach, FL, February 20-24, 2010, ASCE, Reston, VA, 930-939.  (doi:10.1061/41095(365)92)

4)  *Khabbazian, M., Meehan, C. L., and Kaliakin, V. N. (2010). "Numerical Study of Effect of Encasement on Stone Column Performance." Proc., GeoFlorida 2010: Advances in Analysis, Modeling and Design, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 199, West Palm Beach, FL, February 20-24, 2010, ASCE, Reston, VA, 184-193.  (doi:10.1061/41095(365)15)

3)  *Tehrani, F. S. and Meehan, C. L. (2009). "Continuous compaction control:  Preliminary data from a Delaware case study." Proc., Eighth International Conference on the Bearing Capacity of Roads, Railways and Airfields (BCR2A'09), Champaign, IL, June 29-July 2, 2009, Taylor and Francis Group, London, UK, 745-754.  (doi:10.1201/9780203865286.ch80)

2)  *Walsh, N. A., Meehan, C. L., and Leshchinsky, D. (2009). "Lessons Learned: Field Installation of Strain Gages on High-Strength Geotextile." Proc., International Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo '09 (IFCEE09), Contemporary Topics in Ground Modification, Problem Soils, and Geo-Support, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 187, Orlando, FL, March 15-19, 2009, ASCE, Reston, VA, 369-376.  (doi:10.1061/41023(337)47)

1)  *Khabbazian, M., Kaliakin, V. N., and Meehan, C. L. (2009). "3D Numerical Analyses of Geosynthetic Encased Stone Columns." Proc., International Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo '09 (IFCEE09), Contemporary Topics in Ground Modification, Problem Soils, and Geo-Support, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 187, Orlando, FL, March 15-19, 2009, ASCE, Reston, VA, 201-208.  (doi:10.1061/41023(337)26)

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