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Robert Liang

Department Chair; Professor

Full-Time Faculty

School of Engineering: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Mechanics


Email: Robert Liang
Phone: 937-229-3847
Kettering Laboratories Room 422


Dr. Liang’s teaching and research areas are in geotechnical engineering and engineering mechanics. They can be broadly divided into four areas: (a) engineering mechanics, including constitutive modeling, fracture mechanics, vibration theory for nondestructive evaluation (NDE), computational algorithms and pavement mechanics, (b) geotechnical engineering, primarily in the area of deep foundations, slope stability, reliability based design, soil-structure interaction and in-situ testing, (c) natural and geological hazard management and mitigation, and (d) artificial intelligence to enhance intelligent infrastructure design, construction and management. The underlying theme of Dr. Liang’s research lies in developing innovative analysis, design and management methods for constructing new or rehabilitating existing civil engineering infrastructures, ensuring long-term durability and resiliency of the constructed facilities, as well as developing data analytics models for managing geological hazards (landslides, rockfall, shoreline erosion and underground voids) and mitigating the associated risks. Dr. Liang is an American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Fellow.


  • Ph.D., civil engineering, UC Berkeley
  • M.S., civil engineering, North Carolina State University
  • B.S., civil engineering, Tam Kang University in Taiwan

Research Interests

Geotechnical engineering with emphasis on:

  • Deep Foundations
  • Soil Improvement
  • Retaining Structures
  • Soil Dynamics
  • Construction Materials
  • Engineering Mechanics