D. Vaughan Griffiths

Department Head, Civil and Environmental Engineering


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Dr. Griffiths is a Professionally Licensed Civil Engineer in the state of Colorado and a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. His research focuses on finite element analysis and risk assessment in geotechnical engineering. He is the author of over 380 papers and 3 textbooks that have gone into multiple and foreign language editions. He is one of the world’s most highly cited geotechnical engineering researchers. Dr. Griffiths teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Advanced Soil Mechanics, Risk Assessment in Geotechnical Engineering, Finite Element Methods and Numerical Methods for Engineers.



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  • BSc. University of Manchester, UK
  • MS University of California at Berkeley
  • PhD University of Manchester, UK
  • DSc University of Manchester, UK

Professional Memberships and Qualifications

  • PhD and DSc (Doctoral and Higher Doctoral degrees)
  • P.E. (Colorado) Professionally licensed engineer
  • Dist.M.ASCE (Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers)
  • D.GE (Diplomate in Geotechnical Engineering)
  • C.Eng (Chartered Engineer, UK)
  • FICE (Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, UK)

Awards and Honors

  • Fulbright Distinguished Chair, Australia (2023)
  • Wilson Tang Lecturer (2022)
  • T.H. Wu Distinguished Lecture (2021)
  • Honorary Professor, University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia (2021-2023)
  • Elected a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (2020)
  • Awarded Honorary Fellowships at Magdalen College and St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford, UK (2019)
  • H Bolton Seed Medal and Lecture, Geo-Institute, ASCE (2017)
  • Selected as the Cross Canada Geotechnical Lecturer by the Canadian Geotechnical Society (2017)
  • Inaugural ISSMGE Suzanne Lacasse Lecturer (2016)
  • Outstanding Paper Award, Computers and Geotechnics (2016)
  • Thomas C. Keefer Medal, Canadian Society of Civil Engineering (2011)
  • George Stephenson Medal, Institution of Civil Engineers, UK (1993)

Selected Publications


For a more complete list of publications and citation data, see Google Scholar