Geotechnical Centre

Norbert R. Morgenstern, PhD, PEng

Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, Geotechnical
6-372 ICE
Phone: 780-492-5127
E-mail: norbert.morgenstern@ualberta.ca

Education

1956 B.A.Sc. (Civil Engineering) University of Toronto
1964 D.I.C. (Soil Mechanics) Imperial College of Science and Technology
1964 Ph.D. (Soil Mechanics) University of London
1983 D.Eng. (h.c.) University of Toronto
1989 D.Sc. (h.c.) Queen's University
2007 D.Sc. (h.c.) University of Alberta

Experience

1956 Geocon Ltd.
1957-1958 Graduate Studies, Imperial College of Science and Technology
1958-1960 Research Assistant, Imperial College of Science and Technology
1960-1968 Lecturer in Civil Engineering, Imperial College of Science and Technology
1968-1983 Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Alberta
1983-1999 University Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Alberta
1994-1997 Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta
1999 to present Distinguished University Professor (Emeritus) of Civil Engineering, University of Alberta
1961 to present Advisor to consulting engineers and public agencies on a variety of problems in Engineering Earth Sciences

Research Interests

  • dams and tailings facilities; landslides and slope stability (soil, rock and permafrost); highway, bridge, building and other foundation problems; pipelines; underground excavations; offshore geotechnical engineering

Current Technical Activities

  • Advisor to consulting engineers and public agencies on a variety of problems in engineering earth sciences, 1961 - present
  • Chair, Management Committee, Oil Sands Tailings Research Facility, 2003 - present
  • Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Council of Canadian Academies, 2006 - present

Select Honours and Awards

  • Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, Governor General of Canada (2012)
  • H. Bolton Seed Medal, American Society of Civil Engineers (2011)
  • Schuster Medal, Association of Engineering Geologists and Canadian Geotechnical Society (2009)
  • Honorary Degree in Science and Engineering, University of Alberta (2007)
  • Varnes Medal, International Consortium for Landslides (2006)
  • Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, Governor General of Canada (2002)
  • Member, Order of Canada (2001)
  • Killam Prize in Engineering, Canada Council for the Arts (2001)
  • Fellow, Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (1997)
  • Foreign Member, Royal Academy of Engineering, United Kingdom (1996)
  • Foreign Associate, US National Academy of Engineers (1992)
  • Alberta Order of Excellence, Government of Alberta (1991)
  • Honorary Degree in Science and Engineering, Queen's University (1989)
  • Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering (1988)
  • Fellow, Engineering Institute of Canada (1985)
  • Honorary Degree in Science and Engineering, University of Toronto (1983)
  • Rankine Lecture, British Geotechnical Society (1981)
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Canada, Academy of Sciences (1975)