Dr. Braja Das is Dean Emeritus of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at California State University, Sacramento. He received his M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Iowa and his Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of a number of geotechnical engineering texts and reference books and more than 250 technical papers in the area of geotechnical engineering. His primary areas of research include shallow foundations, earth anchors, and geosynthetics. Dr. Das is a Fellow and Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Life Member of the American Society for Engineering Education, and an Emeritus Member of the Chemical and Mechanical Stabilization Committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Research Council (Washington D.C.). He has received numerous awards for teaching excellence, including the AMOCO Foundation Award, the AT&T Award for Teaching Excellence from the American Society for Engineering Education, the Ralph Teetor Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers, and the Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence from the University of Texas at El Paso. Dr. Zhe Luo is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Akron. He received his B.E. in Civil Engineering and M.S. in Highway and Railway Engineering from Tongji University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from Clemson University. His primary research areas include foundation engineering, probability- and reliability-based design, robust design for resilience, and mechanistic-empirical pavement design. He is currently serving on the editorial board of the International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering (Maney Publishing, U.K.). Dr. Luo is a recipient of the Outstanding Lab Instructor Award from Clemson University (2011), the Best Paper Award of Journal of GeoEngineering (2012), and the Best Paper Award of Georisk: Assessment and Management of Risk for Engineered Systems and Geohazards (2013).
"Dr. Das has done a wonderful job in developing the outline and presenting the material. My students have liked the organization of material in the text...The material is very well explained. It is easy for the students to follow. This is a very good text book." "The topics are truly presented in an easy-to-read format. Students who have had background in basic mechanics, soil mechanics and foundations can follow through without any issue...Sections and sub-sections within the chapters seem to flow very well in a logical fashion...I am quite impressed with this edition. It is concise and very student friendly in its language and presentation."