Professor Emeritus Ricardo Dobry to be Honored for Years of Service

Posted March 20, 2023
Retired CEE professor Ricardo Dobry
A symposium honoring Ricardo Dobry, NAE, who retired from Rensselaer in 2020 after 43 years on the CEE faculty, will be held in the Howard Isermann Auditorium at the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS) from 8:30am to 5:00pm on Tuesday, May 9, 2023.

Symposium Honoring Ricardo Dobry
Tuesday, May 9, 2023, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Howard Isermann Auditorium at the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies (CBIS)
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY [CAMPUS MAP]

Professor Ricardo Dobry, NAE, retired from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 2020 after 43 years on the CEE faculty. Professor Dobry's contributions to soil dynamics and geotechnical earthquake engineering will be honored at this one-day symposium on the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute campus.


Attendance is free, but attendees are required to register by April 15, 2023. If you have any questions, please direct them to Ms. Debra Roden in Rensselaer's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.



The program includes lectures by a number of his life-long friends and colleagues: J. Roesset, K. Stokoe, G. Gazetas, M. Vucetic, A. Elgamal, T. O’Rourke, A. Pecker, R. Verdugo, J. Bray, T. Abdoun, M. Zeghal, M. O'Rourke, and T. Zimmie.

8:30amShekhar Garde *, and Christopher W. Letchford ^Introductions
9:00amJose M. RoessetPersonal recollections
9:15amKenneth H. Stokoe"UTexas Field and Laboratory Liquefaction Activities Inspired by Professor Ricardo Dobry"
9:45amGeorge Gazetas"Inspired by Ricardo: Insight into the Simple Methods for Foundation Dynamics"
10:30amMladen Vucetic"Cyclic Strain Approach to Characterization of the Cyclic Behavior of Soils - 40 years of Research from RPI to UCLA"
11:00amAhmed Elgamal"Soil-Structure Interaction: Liquefaction Scenarios"
11:30amThomas D. O'Rourke"Next Generation Hazard Resilient Infrastructure"
1:00pmAlain Pecker"Ricardo Dobry and the Scientific Approach: Personal Memories"
1:30pmRamon Verdugo"Undrained Response of Sandy Soils"
2:00pmJonathan D. Bray"Liquefaction of Silty Soil"
3:00pmTarek Abdoun"Soil Liqefaction Response under High Confining Pressure"
3:30pmMourad Zeghal"Micro-Mechanical Soil Dynamics: Historical Overview and New Developments"
4:00pmMichael J. O'Rourke"Seismic Wave Propagation and Other Fun Stuff with Ricardo"
4:30pmThomas F. Zimmie"Reminiscing, Trivial and Non-Trivial"
4:45pmRicardo DobryThanks and remarks

* Dean of Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
^ Head of Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute