Ricardo Dobry

Institute Professor Emeritus, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Dobry's research interests include soil dynamics, geotechnical earthquake engineering and geotechnical dynamic centrifuge testing. He was a leading participant of the group that wrote the new seismic provisions on local site amplification in the 1990's now incorporated in U.S. building codes. He is one o, one of 15 interconnected experimental nodes funded by NSF to revolutionize earthquake engineering research in the U.S. He has written more than 200 technical papers and research reports and has directed 40 PhD and MS theses at Rensselaer.


Sc.D. Civil Engineering (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1971) M.S. Soil Mechanics (National University of Mexico, 1964) B.S. Structural Engineering (University of Chile, 1963)

Research Focus
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Geotechnical
  • Earthquakes
  • Simulation
Select Works
  • Pile Response to Lateral Spreads: Centrifuge Modeling (2003)
  • Single Piles in Lateral Spreads: Field Bending Moment Evaluation (2003)
  • Centrifuge Modelling for Seismic Retrofit of an Immersed Tube Tunnel (2003)
  • Intl. J. of Physical Modelling in Geotechnics, 3 (2) (2002)
  • Post-Triggering Response of Liquefied Soil in The Free Field and Near Foundations (1998)