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Samuel Paikowsky

Samuel Paikowsky, Sc.D. Professor, Director


Geotechnical Engineering

Educational Background

BSc Civil Engineering (Technion, Israel 1979), MSc Civil Engineering (Technion, Israel 1982), Sc.D. Civil Engineering (M.I.T. 1989)


Samuel G. Paikowsky holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a MSc. in Geotechnical Engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology and a Sc.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from MIT. His initial engineering training was in Holland on the Phillips dam, part of the Delta project. Upon returning to Israel, he began his design and research work in the deep foundation area working from 1979 to 1982 on offshore structures where he obtained information on static testing of large offshore piles, utilizing dynamic measurements and developing an original means for their interpretation. In 1982 he began his studies at MIT. During a leave from MIT, he worked for several geotechnical companies in the Boston area. His Sc.D. dissertation under the supervision of Prof. Robert V. Whitman was completed in 1989 and was entitled "A Static Evaluation of Soil Plug Behavior with Application to the Pile Plugging Problem". His doctoral work led him to research the fundamental mechanism that controls granular material/solid surface interaction.

In 1989, he joined the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell where he established a successful graduate research program in Geotechnical Engineering. His current work is conducted in avenues of basic research relevant to granular material behavior as well as applicable research related to pile design and construction. The basic research developments include original mechanical models, dedicated laboratory and field experimental apparatuses and ideal testing systems utilizing photoelasticity, image acquisition and analysis, and tactile sensor technology. His research is supported by public and private agencies including; the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Massachusetts Highway Department (MHD), Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), U.S. Army , Pile Dynamics Inc. and Tekscan Inc.

He is currently a Professor at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and affiliated with GTR (Geosciences Testing and Research Inc.) of North Chelmsford, Mass., which specializes in static and dynamic testing and analysis of deep foundations.

Dr. Paikowsky is the 1993 recipient of the five_year National Science Foundation Young Investigator award (NYI), and the 1996 recipient of the ASTM Hogentogler award.