John S. McCartney, Ph.D., P.E.

Assistant Professor Department of Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering University of Colorado Boulder

John S. McCartney is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. Dr. McCartney received BS and MS degrees in civil engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder and a PhD degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. McCartney’s research interests include unsaturated soil mechanics, geosynthetics, centrifuge modeling, and thermally active geotechnical systems. He has taught courses on introduction to geotechnical engineering, engineering properties of soils, foundation engineering, and geoenvironmental engineering. He is a recipient of the NSF Faculty Early Development (CAREER) Award in 2011, which is focused on the thermal improvement of unsaturated soils. This project also involves development of a communication-training program for geotechnical engineers. Dr. McCartney is currently advising the research of 7 PhD and 3 MS students, and has graduated 3 PhD students and 15 MS students. Dr. McCartney is passionate about using centrifuge modeling for educational purposes, and developed a new educational module on stress distribution and bearing capacity of shallow foundations