Dr. Kyle Kershaw is a registered professional engineer with expertise in the areas of foundation design, earth retention, slope stabilization, and geologic hazard analysis. He has seven years of full-time experience as a geotechnical consultant. He is active in applied geotechnical research, pedagogical research, and geotechnical consulting. Dr. Kershaw is the advisor for the Cecil T. Lobo Student Chapter of ASCE and co-advisor for the Rose-Hulman chapter of Engineers Without Borders.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Missouri University of Science and Technology, 2011
  • MS, University of Illinois, 2001
  • BS, University of Missouri-Rolla, 1999

Awards & Honors

Research Experiences

  • Analyzing the effect of outdoor living laboratories on student learning
  • Numerical modeling of techniques to stabilize soft subgrade beneath railway embankments
  • Evaluating long-term behavior of full-scale retaining structures using embedded instrumentation
  • Implementing rock slope reinforcement in areas that are environmentally, archaeologically, or aesthetically sensitive
  • Evaluating behavior of micropiles subjected to simultaneous axial and lateral loading using full-scale and scale-model experimental models

Select Publications & Presentations

  • Kershaw, K. A. and Vessely, M., “Rock Reinforcement in Sensitive Environments,” Manual Prepared for the Central Federal Lands Highway Division, Federal Highway Administration, Publication expected 2017
  • Luna, R., Dixon, D., Kershaw, K. A., and Siegel, T., “Monitoring Micropile Foundations of Bridge during Construction,” Proceedings of the International Foundations Conference and Equipment Exposition, San Antonio, Texas, 2015
  • Kershaw, K. A. and Luna, R., “Full-Scale Field Testing of Micropiles in Stiff Clay Subjected to Combined Axial and Lateral Loads,” Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineering, Vol. 140 (1), 2014
  • Kershaw, K., Lovell, M., and Mueller Price, J., "Creation of On-Campus Living Laboratories for Improved Student Learning," Proceeds of the American Society for Engineering Education Zone 2 Conference, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2017

Teaching Interests

  • Soil mechanics
  • Foundation design
  • Retaining structure design
  • Construction materials
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