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Recent Publications  

Wood, C.M., Deschenes, M., Ledezma, C., Meneses, J., Montalva, G., and Morales-Velez, A. (2019). Dynamic Site Characterization of Areas Affected by the 2017 Puebla-Mexico City Earthquake, Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, 125 (2019) 105704,  1-11.

Mayoral, J.M., Asimaki, D., Tepalcapa, S., Wood, C., Roman-de la Sancha, A., Hutchinson, T., Franke, K., Montalva, G. (2019). Site Effects in Mexico City Basin: Past and Present, Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, 121 (2019) 369-382.

Franke, K.W., Candia, G., Mayoral, J., Wood, C., Montgomery, J., Hutchinson, T., Morales-Velez, A.  (2019). Observed building damage patterns and foundation performance in Mexico City following the 2017 M7.1 Puebla-Mexico City earthquake, Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, 125 (2019) 105708,  1-18.

Rahimi, S., Wood, C., Folaseye, C., Moody, T., Bernhardt-Barry, M., Mofarraji Kouchaki, B. (2018). The Combined Use of MASW and Resistivity Surveys for Levee Assessment: A Case Study of the Melvin Price Reach of the Wood River Levee, Engineering Geology, 241, 11-24.

Wood, C. and  Baker, E.(2018). Potential Cost-Savings of Implementing Site-Specific Ground Motion Response Analysis Results in Design of Mississippi Embayment Bridges, Earthquake Spectra, 34 (3), 1155-1175.

Ghirmay, A. and  Wood, C.(2018). Determination of Asbestos Cement Pipe Deterioration Rate using Accelerated Acid Degradation, Journal of the American Water Works Association, 110 (6), E27-E38.


Welcome to the Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering Laboratory

The Soil Dynamics and Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering Laboratory is located at the University of Arkansas in the Department of Civil Engineering. Research in the lab focuses on geotechnical engineering issues related to earthquake loading, soil dynamics and nondestructive material characterization using stress waves and electrical resistivity. Specific research topics include dynamic site characterization using surface wave methods, topographic effects for earthquake ground motion, pavement characterization using surface wave methods, characterization of AC water distribution pipe, non-destructive evaluation of levees, and site response for highway structures.

The lab group is led by Dr. Clinton Wood who formed the lab in 2013 after finishing his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Wood received his M.S. and B.S. from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.


Joining the Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering Laboratory

Graduate Students

Highly qualified undergraduate or graduate students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in Dr. Wood’s lab are encouraged to contact Dr. Wood in person or via email. Email applicants should provide a statement of purpose (1 page maximum), current CV, and GRE scores. International applicants must include TOEFL scores. Only complete applications will be acknowledged and considered.

Graduate students in the lab are typically fully funded (tuition, monthly stipend), as such positions are dependent on current funding availability. For highly-qualified domestic PhD students, Distinguished Doctoral Fellowships (DDFs) and Doctoral Academy Fellowships (DAFs) are available to supplement the standard graduate stipend. DDFs provide an additional $20K per year for 4 years and DAFs provide an additional $10K per year for 4 years. Requirements for DAFs and DDFs are as follows: 

DAFs: GRE =>302 with =>4 on writing score; Strong letters of recommendation.

DDFs: GRE =>308 with =>4.5 on writing score; Strong letters of recommendation.


Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students interested in working hourly or pursuing honors degrees in Dr. Wood’s lab are encouraged to contact Dr. Wood in person or via email to inquire about current research opportunities.