Council) and chair of the American Society of Civil Engineering Rock Mechanics Committee. He was one of the cofounders of the American Rock Mechanics Association. He also is the founding president of Engineers Without Borders USA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping developing communities with their engineering needs for water, sanitation, and energy systems. He has coauthored two books and approximately 150 technical papers, and has also provided consulting services to various engineering companies and organizations around the world. Dr. Amadei holds an M.S. in civil engineering from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Jean-Pierre Bardet is a professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He has worked for the university for the past two decades, and his research areas include computational geomechanics, granular mechanics, geotechnical engineering, geotechnical earthquake engineering, post-earthquake field reconnaissance, and geoinformation systems. Dr. Bardet is the author of over 100 technical publications and is on the editorial board of several technical journals. He holds a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology. In 2002 he was awarded the Gilbreth lecture from the National Academy of Engineering.

John T. Christian is currently a consulting engineer in Boston and Newton, Massachusetts. Dr. Christian spent much of his career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at Stone and Webster Engineering Corporation. Dr. Christian is a former chair of the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) Geotechnical Engineering Division and of the U.S. National Society of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering. An honorary member of ASCE and of the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section, ASCE, Dr. Christian has been the recipient of several distinguished honors and awards, including the 2003 Terzaghi lecture. He has published over 90 papers and three books in the geotechnical and earthquake engineering

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