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

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)