Lecture II

“The Evaluation of Slope Stability: A Further 25 Year Perspective”

Professor Norbert R. MORGENSTERN
Distinguished University Professor (Emeritus) of Department of
Civil and Environmental Engineering of University of Alberta

Date: 12 December 2017 (Tuesday)
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Venue: Wang Gungwu Theatre, P4, Graduate House,
The University of Hong Kong
This Lecture will be conducted in English.
Prof Morgenstern


In 1992, Professor Norbert R. MORGENSTERN presented a lecture to the ASCE Conference on Stability and Performance of Slopes and Embankments – II with the title “The Evaluation of Slope Stability – A 25 Year Perspective”. This occasion presents the opportunity to update his perspective for the subsequent 25 year period, to 2017. In this Lecture, Professor MORGENSTERN will not attempt an omnibus state-of-the-art review but instead he will concentrate on very personal learnings, with relevant case histories, under the sub-headings of “Analysis and Design”, “Mobility and Risk” and “Professional Practice”.

About the Speaker:

Professor Norbert R. MORGENSTERN is an international authority on geotechnical engineering relating to slope stability and dam design, a pioneer of permafrost and cold regions engineering research and a highly sought-after consultant. He has made major contributions in research and engineering practice to many areas of the geotechnical discipline, including the development of the Morgenstern-Price method for stability analysis, the analysis of rate effects in earth materials, earth and rockfill dam engineering, tailings engineering, static liquefaction phenomena, and the rapidly developing field of risk analysis applied to engineering works.

As an educator, researcher and practitioner, the international scope of his experience spans over 30 countries on six continents. Throughout his career as an educator, he has trained a significant pool of highly qualified personnel and continues to actively contribute to the University of Alberta, where he currently holds the title of Distinguished University Professor Emeritus. Many of his students have become renowned practitioners and international experts in the geotechnical engineering discipline. He has received honorary degrees from the University of Toronto, Queen’s University and the University of Alberta. In addition, he is an Honorary Professor at Zhejiang University, PRC.

His noteworthy service and research in geotechnical engineering has been recognised by several professional organisations: he has also been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Engineering Institute of Canada, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering and American Society of Civil Engineers. Other significant honours include being named a Foreign Associate of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, a Foreign Member of the Royal Academy of Engineering, United Kingdom, and a Foreign Fellow of the National Academy of Engineering of India. Both honours are bestowed to select individuals for a lifetime's worth of extraordinary engineering accomplishments. Furthermore, he has been inducted into the Alberta Order of Excellence and the Order of Canada – the highest honours available to Canadians – for his outstanding achievements in and life-long contributions to geotechnical engineering.

As an educator, researcher and practitioner, he has bolstered Canada's reputation as an international leader in applied earth science research and, in particular, has made major contributions in research and engineering practice to many areas of the geotechnical discipline.

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