Montana State University

Bob Mokwa

 

  Bob Mokwa

Education

Ph.D. Geotechnical Engineering Virginia Tech 1999
M.S. Civil Enginering Purdue University 1985
B.S. Civil Engineering Virginia Tech 1984

Current Appointment

August 2001 – present       Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Montana State University.

Previous Appointments

Sep. 2000 – July 2001        Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Terracon Consultants, Boise, Idaho.

Dec. 1999 – Aug. 2000      Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts.

Sep. 1996 – Dec. 1999  Research Assistant and Instructor, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia.

Jan. 1986 – July 1996        Geotechnical Engineer and Project Manager, CH2M HILL, Boise, Idaho.

Aug. 1993 – May 1994      Adjunct Professor, Boise State University, Construction Management Department.

Societies, Honors, Awards, and Recognitions

Member:     ASCE Geo-Institute Deep Foundations Technical Committee

Member:     American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Vice President – ASCE SW Montana Branch, 2002 - 2003
Section Officer – ASCE Idaho Section, 1993 - 1996

Member:     International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering

Member:     Coordinating Committee for the Annual Symposium on Engineering Geology and Geotechnical Engineering

Top Ten Paper Award.  Nominated by the ASCE Geo-Institute awards committee for noted paper published in the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, October 2002. 

Outstanding Instructor Award. Montana State University, College of Engineering, May 8, 2002.

Research Excellence Award. Paul E. Torgerson’s Presidential Research Award, Virginia Tech, 1999.

Charles E. Via Doctoral Fellowship. Virginia Tech, 1996 - 1999.

Department of Energy Graduate Fellowship. Purdue University, 1984 - 1985.

Other Activities:

  • Invited Sponsored Attendee.  Micro-Geomechanics Across Multiple Scales Workshop. Cambridge, England, March 20-23, 2005.  Financial sponsorship received from the National Science Foundation and the United Kingdom Engineering and Physical Science Research Council.  Workshop to discuss research needs and the future direction of discovery and applications for the Geotechnical/Geomechanics discipline.
  • Instructor – Summer Transportation Institute (STI): A summer on-campus experience for high school students to learn about transportation and civil engineering.  Funding was provided by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
  • Coordinator – Montana Geo-Professional Society (2001 – to present )
  • Event Coordinator – Science Olympiad (2001 – to present)
  • Instructor – Fundamentals of Engineering Exam Review Sessions (2001 – to present)
  • Instructor – AGC Exam Review Sessions

Registration

Registered Professional Engineer
State of Montana
State of Idaho
State of Utah, inactive

Courses Taught at Montana State University

Course Title

Credit Hours

EM215
EM253
CET302
CE320
CE401
CE420
CE425
CE525

Strength of Materials
Mechanics of Materials
Soils and Foundations
Geotechnical Engineering
Ethics and Professionalism in Engineering
Earth and Foundation Engineering
Geotechnical Structures
Advanced Earth and Foundation Engineering

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Publications

Refereed (Peer-Reviewed) Archival Publications

Mokwa, R. L. and Brooks, H. (2009). Driven pile capacity in intermediate geomaterial formations. Submitted for publication in the Proceedings of the International Foundations Congress and Equipment Expo '09(IFCEE09), Orlando, FL. March 15-19, 2009.

Mokwa, R. L. and Fridleifsson, S. (2007). Earthwork compaction evaluation using soil air voids. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, vol. 44 (2): 151-159.

Mokwa, R. L., Peebles, C., and Robinson, E. (2006).  Strength, stiffness, and compressibility of RAP/aggregate blends.  ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication, GSP 154, Pavement Mechanics and Performance.  Proceedings of the GeoShanghai International Conference, Shanghai, China. June 2-4, 2006.

Mokwa, R. L. and Nielsen, B. (2006).  Characterization of soil porosity using x-ray computed tomography.  ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication, GSP 149, Site and Geomaterial Characterization, p.96-103.  Proceedings of the GeoShanghai International Conference, Shanghai, China. June 2-4, 2006.

Duncan, J. M., Robinette, M., and Mokwa, R. L. (2005).  Analysis of laterally loaded pile groups with partial pile head fixity.  ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication, GSP No. 132, Advances in Deep Foundations, Geo-Frontiers Conference, Austin Texas, January 24-26, p.1-16.

Duncan, J. M., Robinette, M., and Mokwa, R. L. (2005).  Analysis of laterally loaded pile groups with partial pile head fixity.  ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication, GSP No. 129, Advances in Designing and Testing Deep Foundations, (special publication of selected papers), p. 235-250. 

Mokwa, R. L. and Duncan, J. M. (2005).  Discussion of “Centrifuge Model Study of Laterally Loaded Pile Groups in Clay” by T. Ilyas, C. F. Leung, Y. K. Chow, and S. S. Budi.  ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, vol. 131(10), Oct. 2005, p. 1305-1308.

Mokwa, R. L., Womack, R., and Cameron, D. (2004).  Quantifying the risk of construction in landslide prone areas. ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication, GSP No. 126, Geotechnical Engineering for Transportation Projects. Proceedings of the Geo-Transportation Conference, Los Angeles, California, July, 2004, p. 2010-2019.

Sisson, R. C., Harris, C. J., and Mokwa, R. L. (2004).  Design of cantilever soldier pile retaining walls in stiff clays and claystones.  ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication GSP No. 124, Deep Foundations, Soil Mixing, Ground Improvement.  Proceedings of the Geo-Support 2004 Conference, Orlando, FL, p. 309-321.

Mokwa, R. L. and Duncan, J. M. (2003).  Rotational restraint of pile caps during lateral loading. ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, vol. 129 (9), p. 829-837.

Mokwa, R. L. and Duncan, J. M. (2001).  Laterally loaded pile group effects and p-y multipliers. ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication, GSP No. 113, Foundations and Ground Improvement, Proceedings of the GEO-Odyssey Conference, Blacksburg, VA, p. 728-742.

Mokwa, R. L. and Duncan, J. M. (2001).  Experimental evaluation of lateral-load resistance of pile caps. ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, vol. 127 (2), p. 185-192.

Duncan, J. M. and Mokwa, R. L. (2001).  Passive earth pressures: theories and tests. ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, vol. 127 (3), p. 248-257.

Mokwa, R. L. and Duncan, J. M. (2000).  Development of p-y curves for partly saturated silts and clays with both cohesion and friction. ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication, GSP No. 100, New Technological and Design Developments in Deep Foundations, Proceedings of the GEO-Denver Conference 2000, p. 224-239.

Mokwa, R. L. (1999).  Investigation of the resistance of pile caps to lateral loading.  Ph.D. Dissertation, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, September, pp. 383.

National or International Conference Proceedings and Technical Publications

Mokwa, R. L., Peebles, C., and Adams, E. (2008). Laboratory testing of high density sintered snow. Proceedings of the 41st Engineering Geology and geotechnical Engineering Symposium. Boise, ID, April 9-11, 2008.

Scarr, K. and Mokwa, R.L. (2008). Axial capacity of piles founded in permafrost: a case study on the applicability of modern pile design in remote Mongolia. Proceedings of the 41st Engineering Geology and Geotechnical Engineering Symposium. Boise, ID, April 9-11, 2008.

Brooks, H. and Mokwa, R. L. (2008). Axial capacity of piles founded in intermediate geomaterials: a state of the practice review. Proceedings of the 41st Engineering Geology and Geotechnical Engineering Symposium. Boise, ID, April 9-11, 2008.

Mokwa, R. L., Cuelho, E., and Browne, M. (2008). Laboratory testing of soil using the Superpave gyratory compactor. Proceedings of the 88th Transportation Research Board Annual Conference, TRB 2008, Committee AFS10 (Transportation Earthworks), January 13-18, 2008, Washington DC.

Cuelho, E, Mokwa, R. L., Obert, K., and Miller, A. (2008). Comparative analysis of micro-deval L.A. abraison, and sulfate soundess tests. Proceedings of the 88th Transportation Research Board Annual Conference, TRB 2008, January 13-18, 2008, Washington DC.

Mokwa, R. and Trimble, N. (2008). Permeability of coarse-grain soil from void space and pore distribution. Submitted for the Proceedings of the ASCE GeoCongress-08 Conference, The Challenge of Sustainability in the Geoenvironment. New Orleans, Louisiana, March 9-12, 2008.

Mokwa, R. (2007). Soil air voids method for geoconstruction compaction control. Proceedings of the 13th PanAmerican Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, Isla de Margarita, Venezuela, July 15-19, 2007. pp. 838-843.

Cuelho, E., Mokwa R., and Akin. M. (2007). Quantifying the benefits of flexibile pavement preventative maintenance teqniques - a synthesis and survey. 5th International Conference on Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Pavements and Technological Control (MAIREPAV5), August 8-10, 2007, Park City, Utah.

Mokwa, R. L., Peebles, C., and Trimble, N. (2006).  Evaluation of the engineering characteristics of RAP/aggregate blends.  Proceedings of the 86th Transportation Research Board Annual Conference, TRB 2006, Committee AFD70, January 22-26, 2006.

Mokwa, R. L. and Fridleifsson, S. (2006).  Soil air voids method for compaction control.  Proceedings of the 86th Transportation Research Board Annual Conference, TRB 2006, Committee AFS 10, January 22-26, 2006.

Mokwa, R. L. and Nielsen, B. (2006).  Nondestructive measurements of soil geotechnical properties using x-ray computed tomography.  Proceedings of the ASCE GeoCongress Conference, Geotechnical Engineering in the Information Technology Age, Atlanta, GA, Feb. 26-March 1, 2006.

Browne, M., Mokwa, R. L., and Cuelho, E. (2006).  Feasibility of using a gyratory compactor to determine compaction characteristics of soil.  Proceedings of the 40th Engineering Geology and Geotechnical Engineering Symposium. Logan, UT, May 24-26, 2006.  (Received 2nd place award for best conference paper and presentation.)

Mokwa, R. L. and Trimble, N. R. (2006).  Permeability characteristics of RAP/aggregate blends for use in highway and embankment construction.  Proceedings of the 40th Engineering Geology and Geotechnical Engineering Symposium. Logan, UT, May 24-26, 2006.

Trimble, N. R., Mokwa, R. L., and Cuelho, E. (2006).  Permeability investigation of a silty clay alluvium as it relates to chromium contamination transport – a case study.  Proceedings of the 40th Engineering Geology and Geotechnical Engineering Symposium. Logan, UT, May 24-26, 2006.

Obert, K., Cuelho, E., and Mokwa, R. L. (2006).  Investigation of coarse aggregate durability using the micro-deval abrasion testing apparatus.  Proceedings of the 40th Engineering Geology and Geotechnical Engineering Symposium. Logan, UT, May 24-26, 2006.

Mokwa, R. L. (2005).  Channel Tunnel.  Contributing Author for the World Book Encyclopedia, World Book Publishing, Chicago, Illinois.

Mokwa, R. L. (2004).  Soil Response in sub-freezing environments; the frost heave model. Transportation Research Board, 83rd Annual Meeting, Vol. 83, Washington D. C. 19 p.

Mokwa, R. L. (2004).  Help! I’m out of Dirt. Civil Engineering News Magazine, vol. 16, no. 11, p. 35-38.

Mokwa, R. L., Newell, Z., and Eschbach, E. (2004). Experimental evaluation of the frost heave phenomena. Proceedings of the 39th Engineering Geology and Geotechnical Engineering Symposium, Butte, Montana, May 18-21, p. 11-23.

Mokwa, R. L. and Nielsen, B. D. (2004).  Geotechnical seismicity assessment of the Montana State University–Bozeman Campus. Proceedings of the 39th Engineering Geology and Geotechnical Engineering Symposium, Butte, Montana, May 18-21, p. 227-240.

Mokwa, R. L. (2004).  Transportation engineering in cold regions: state of the practice review.  Proceedings of the 12th Annual Cold Regions Engineering Specialty Conference, Edmonton, Canada, June 2004.

Duncan, J. M. and Mokwa, R. L. (2003).  Lateral load resistance of pile groups.  ASCE 20th Central Pennsylvania Geotechnical Conference, Invited Paper, Hershey, PA, October 29-31, p. 1-20.

Mokwa, R. L. and Duncan, J. M. (2002).  Simplified method of analysis for laterally loaded pile groups.  Proceedings of the 37th Engineering Geology and Geotechnical Engineering Symposium, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho, p. 133-146.

Manuals and Supervised Research Reports

Mokwa, R. L. (2006).  Subsurface Exploration for the MSU CO2 Injection Project – Phase I.  Montana State University Research Report, Bozeman, MT, July 31, 2006.

Mokwa, R. L. and Frioleifsson, S. (2005).  Soil Air Voids Method for Compaction Control.  Final Report FHWA/MT-05-010/8117-23, prepared for the Montana Department of Transportation, Helena, MT, August 2005, pp. 104.

Mokwa, R. L. and Peebles, C. (2005).  Evaluation of the Engineering Characteristics of RAP/Aggregate Blends.  Final Report FHWA/MT-05-008/8117-24, prepared for the Montana Department of Transportation, Helena, MT, July 2005, pp. 100.

Nielsen, B. D. and Mokwa, R. L. (2004).  Non-Destructive Soil Testing Using X-Ray Computed Tomography. Research report to the Western Transportation Institute, November 2004, pp. 126.

Mokwa, R. L. (2004).  Advanced Soil Applications in Highway Construction. Instructional manual prepared for the Montana Department of Transportation, January 2004, pp. 77.

Mokwa, R. L. (2004).  Fundamentals of Soils and Highway Construction, 2nd Ed. Instructional manual prepared for the Montana Department of Transportation, January 2004, pp. 45.

Mokwa, R. L. (2004).  Report of Seismic Piezocone Testing for Mike Horse Dam. Prepared for the U.S. Forrest Service and Hydrometrics, September 15, 2004, pp. 43.

Nielsen, B. D. with Mokwa, R. L. (2004).  Bearing Capacity Reliability Analysis. Graduate Student Special Study Report prepared under the guidance of R. Mokwa for fulfillment of CE570 Graduate Individual Problems Course, May 5, 2004, pp. 20.

Trimble, N. R. with Mokwa, R. L. (2004).  Permeability Characteristics of RAP/Aggregate Blends for Use in Highway Construction.  National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduate Students, Western Transportation Institute Research Report, prepared under the guidance of R. Mokwa.  August 10, 2004, pp. 28.

Mokwa, R. L. (2003).  Fundamentals of Soils and Highway Construction. Instructional manual prepared for the Montana Department of Transportation, January 2003, pp. 43.

Mokwa, R. L. and Nielsen, B. D. (2003).  Geotechnical Soil Assessment of the Montana State University Bozeman Campus. Research Report prepared for Montana State University Facilities Services, Bozeman, MT, October 2003, pp. 15.

Eschbach, E. with Mokwa, R. L. (2003).  Examination of Frost Depth Characteristics of Subgrade Soils.  National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduate Students, Western Transportation Institute Research Report, prepared under the guidance of R. Mokwa, August 1, 2003, pp. 22.

Mokwa, R. L. and Duncan, J. M. (1999).  Investigation of the Resistance of Pile Caps to Lateral Loading.  Report of Research Performed under Sponsorship of the VA Transportation Research Council, VTRC 99-CR, Charlottesville, VA.

Recent Presentations (in addition to conference paper presentations)

Mokwa, R. L. (2005).  Non-Destructive soil testing using x-ray computed tomography.  Invited presentation and synopsis at the Micro-Geomechanics Across Multiple Scales Workshop, Cambridge, England.  Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the United Kingdom Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, March 20-23, 2005.

Mokwa, R. L. (2005).  Advanced Soil Applications in Highway Construction. Two four-hour-long training seminars presented to Montana Department of Transportation personnel, January 2004, Bozeman, Montana.

Mokwa, R. L. (2005).  Soil Fundamentals in Highway Construction. Training seminar presented to Montana Department of Transportation personnel, January 2004, Bozeman, Montana.

Mokwa, R. L. (2004).  Advanced Soil Applications in Highway Construction. Two four-hour-long training seminars presented to Montana Department of Transportation personnel, January 2004, Bozeman, Montana.

Mokwa, R. L. (2004).  Soil Fundamentals in Highway Construction. Training seminar presented to Montana Department of Transportation personnel, January 2004, Bozeman, Montana.

Mokwa, R. L. (2003).  Soil Fundamentals in Highway Construction. Two four-hour-long short courses presented to Montana Department of Transportation personnel, January 2003, Bozeman, Montana.

Mokwa R. L. (2002).  Technical Session Chair.  ASCE Geo-Institute Annual Meeting: Deep Foundations 2002. Orlando, Florida, February 15, 2002.

Mokwa, R. L. (2000).  Development of p-y curves for partly saturated silts and clays with both cohesion and friction. Technical Presentation. ASCE Geo-Institute Annual Meeting: New Technological and Design Developments in Deep Foundations. Denver, Colorado, August 8, 2000.

Mokwa, R. L. (2000).  Resistance of pile caps to lateral loading. Technical presentation at the Transportation Research Board 79th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 2000.

Funded Proposals

Axial Capacity of Piles Supported on Intermediate Geomaterials.  Montana Department of Transportation Research Programs.  $40,041.  6/06 – 6/08.

Buyout for Enhancing Scholarship and Teaching (BEST).  Montana State University, Office of the Provost and V.P. of Research.  $6,000.  7/06 – 7/07.

Experimental Assessment of Aggregate Surfacing Materials.  Montana Department of Transportation Research Programs.  With E. Cuelho.  $42,225.  10/05 – 3/07.

Comparative Analysis of Coarse Surfacing Aggregate Using the Micro-Deval, L. A. Abrasion, and Sulfate Soundness Tests.  Montana Department of Transportation Research Programs.  With E. Cuelho.  $23,026.  9/05 – 8/06.

Geotechnical Laboratory Testing Manual.  Montana Department of Transportation Research Programs. $5,900.  8/05 – 6/06.

Feasibility of Using a Gyratory Compactor to Determine Compaction Characteristics of Base course Aggregates.  Western Transportation Institute and Federal Highway Administration.  With E. Cuelho.  $50,516.  5/05 – 2/06.

Preventative Maintenance Treatments: A Synthesis of Highway Practice.  Montana Department of Transportation Research Programs.  With E. Cuelho.  $25,000.  5/05 – 2/06.

Cone Penetrometer Investigation and Data Collection for the JTL Transport Inc. Chromium Site in Billings, MT. United Industry, Inc.  With A. Cunningham and B. Gunnink.  $18, 034. 8/05 – 1/06.

Investigation of the Soil Air Voids Test for Use in Compaction Control.  Montana Department of Transportation Research Programs.  $26,600.  6/04 – 9/05.

Evaluation and Assessment of the Engineering Characteristics of RAP/Aggregate Blends for Use in Highway Pavement Sections.  Montana Department of Transportation Research Programs.  $25,000.  6/04 – 7/05.

Nondestructive Measurements of Soil Geotechnical Properties Using X-Ray Computed Tomography. Western Transportation Institute and Federal Highway Administration.  $6,000.  3/05 – 2/05.

Cone Penetrometer Seismic Evaluation for Hydraulically Placed Tailings Dam.  U.S. Forrest Service.  $4,100.  3/04 – 11/04.

Investigation of Soil Compaction Control Measures.  National Science Foundation REU Project, Summer 2004.

Active Learning Concepts for Civil Engineering Courses.  Montana State University Teaching Learning Committee Instructional Innovation Grant.  $1,600.  1/04 – 7/04.

MSU COE Stimulus Program for Increased Faculty Scholarship, Proposal for Scholarly Activity.  $6,500.  April 2003.

Examination of Frost Depth Characteristics of Subgrade Soils.  National Science Foundation REU Project.  Summer 2003.

Compressibility and Heave Characteristics of Subgrade Soils. Western Transportation Institute and Federal Highway Administration.  $64,100.  8/02 – 12/04.

Training Manual and Short Course on Advanced Soil Applications for Highway Construction. Montana Department of Transportation.  $5,200.  10/03 – 1/04.

Frost Heave Research. MSU Stimulus Award for Scholarly Work, College of Engineering.  $6,500.  1/03 – 12/03.

Geotechnical Seismic Soil Study for the MSU Bozeman Campus. MSU Facilities Services.  $5,226.  1/03 – 12/03.

Training Manual and Short Course on Soil Fundamentals for Highway Construction. Montana Department of Transportation.  $4,200.  10/02 – 2/03.