Chair and Professor

Professor Dewoolkar has over 20 years of experience as a researcher, consultant and educator. He specializes in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering. His research involves applying physical and numerical modeling and field and laboratory testing techniques to study effects of environmental loadings, hazards and extreme events on natural and human-made materials and structures. His research is interdisciplinary and he routinely collaborates with structural, environmental, transportation, mechanical, aerospace and electrical engineers; hydrologists; geographers; geologists; historic preservationists; statisticians; and education and social scientists. He is UVM's Sustainability Fellow, Service Learning Fellow and the Fellow of Gund Institute for Environment. 

Professor Dewoolkar's research has been funded by a variety of agencies including the National Science Foundation, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Los Alamos National Laboratory, National Park Service, US Department of Transportation, National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, Vermont Space Grant Consortium, and Vermont Agency of Transportation and Agency of Natural Resources.

Since 2003, Professor Dewoolkar has worked with 3 postdocs and 25 graduate and over 50 undergraduate students. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on geotechnical engineering (Geotechnical Principles, Geotechnical Lab, Foundations, Design of Earth Structures, Advanced Soil Mechanics). He has also taught Statics, one of the first engineering courses students take, and Capstone Design, a culminating design experience for seniors.

Associations and Affiliations

  • Editorial board member - ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal
  • Guest editor of a special issue of Advances in Engineering Education in 2011
  • Co-editor of ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication No. 160 on Dynamic Response and Soil Properties for GeoDenver 2007 Conference
  • Committee Membership - ASCE (Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Soil Properties and Modelling)
  • Committee Membership - GeoInstitute - Diversity and Inclusion Committee
  • Committee Membership - TRB (Transportation Earthworks, Instrumentation and Modeling)

Areas of Expertise and/or Research


  • Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental
  • Infrastructure Systems
  • Hazard Assessment & Mitigation


  • Transportation
  • Water Resources
  • Sustainability & Energy
  • Environmental & Public Health


  • Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder
  • M.Tech., Indian Institute of Technology
  • B.E., University of Mumbai


  • (802) 656-1942
Office Location:

213A Votey

Courses Taught

  • CS 182 - Geotechnical Principles Lab