CLEMSON — James Martin has been named chairman of Clemson University’s Glenn Department of Civil Engineering.

He comes from Virginia Tech, where he is a professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the Disaster Risk Management Institute. Martin has served on the CEE faculty since 1990.

His main research and teaching interests include geotechnical earthquake and foundation engineering, soil and site improvement, seismic hazard analysis and thermo-active foundations. He has directed field and laboratory engineering research programs for national funding agencies and private sponsors for more than 20 years. Martin also frequently performs post-event field investigations of large-scale worldwide disasters.

“Jimmy’s dynamic leadership and experience in collaborative research will be invaluable assets in moving the Glenn department of civil engineering forward,” said Martine LaBerge, acting dean of the College of Engineering and Science.

“It’s an exciting time to be joining the Clemson team,” Martin said. “We have an active and engaged faculty that have outstanding reputations in research and scholarship.

“Clemson is rising quickly and we have an amazing future ahead of us,” he  said. “I can’t wait to get started working with them to help build that future.”

A primary focus of Martin’s research and professional work has been directed toward the advancement of building code provisions in the central and eastern United States to reduce regional earthquake risks.

In recent years, he led efforts at Virginia Tech to develop the Disaster Risk Management Institute, a research center and graduate education program that reaches across disciplinary boundaries to address emerging global disaster risk and resilience challenges.

Martin has received numerous national, state and university awards for teaching, research and professional service, including the American Society of Civil Engineer’s Norman Medal.

He received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from The Citadel and received his master’s and Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from Virginia Tech.


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