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Kevin G. Sutterer

Professor and Department Head

Dr. Kevin Sutterer is a geotechnical engineer who specializes in waste utilization in structural fills, seismic stability of earth structures, geosynthetics, ground modification, and geotechnical construction. He also coordinates the department’s senior-year capstone design projects and consulting engineer seminar program. He also advocated the establishment of the civil engineering master’s degree program. A registered professional engineer, Dr. Sutterer has worked as a consultant in most areas of geotechnical engineering. He also is the associate editor of the ASCE Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education & Practice.

Teaching Interests

  • Geosystems engineering
  • Project-based learning
  • Forensic engineering

Research Experiences

  • Landslides and stability analysis
  • Geotechnical earthquake engineering
  • Ground modification and geotechnical construction
  • Engineering body of knowledge and pedagogy

Publications & Presentations

  • Sutterer, K., Aidoo, J., Chapman, J., Hanson, J., Kershaw, K., Lovell, M., Marincel Payne, M., Mueller Price, J., and Robinson, M., “Shared Capstone Project Mentoring for Improved Learning,” Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, New Orleans, 2016
  • Sutterer, K., “Geology for Civil and Environmental Engineers – Setting Priorities, Developing Desk Study Skills, and Case Study-Based Learning,” Proceedings of the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Indianapolis, 2014
  • Fridley, K., Hall, K., Larson, D., Sutterer, K., Alleman, J., McManis, K., Bardet, J-P, Gunnink, B., List, G., Smith, R., and Lenox, T., “Educating the Future Civil Engineer for the New Civil Engineering Body of Knowledge,” Proceeding of the Amerian Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference, Austin, Texas, 2009
  • Lynch, D.R., Russel, J.S., Evans, J.C., and Sutterer, K.G., “Beyond the Cognitive: The Affective Domain, Values and the Achievement of the Vision,” Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, American Society of Engineering Education, Vol. 134, No. 1, 47-56, 2009

Awards & Honors

  • Outstanding Faculty Advisor, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2008
  • Outstanding Geotechnical Engineering Educator, Great Lakes Geotechnical/Geoenvironmental Group, 2005
  • James M. Robbins Excellence in Teaching Award, Chi Epsilon Southeast District, 1997-98
  • Young Engineer of the Year, National Society of Professional Engineers, 1996
  • Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1996

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1993
  • MS, Purdue University, 1991
  • MS, University of Missouri-Rolla, 1984
  • BS, University of Missouri-Rolla, 1982