Prof. STEVE KRAMER

Steve Kramer is the John R. Kiely Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington. His primary research interests are in geotechnical earthquake engineering, particularly soil liquefaction, site response, and performance-based concepts. His current liquefaction work involves development of performance-based procedures for evaluation of liquefaction potential, lateral spreading, and post-liquefaction settlement, and the development of a new residual strength model. He is also developing a new nonlinear site response code with a simple and practical constitutive model for liquefiable soils. He is a member of ASCE, EERI, SSA and other professional organizations and serves on the editorial board of the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. Kramer is the author of the textbook, Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, and co-developer of the educational site reponse program, EduShake. He also serves as a consultant on geotechnical earthquake engineering projects to private firms and government agencies throughout the United States. Further information can be found here.

SOME SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:

  • Kramer, S.L. (1996). Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, Prentice Hall, Inc., Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, 653 pp.
  • Kramer, S.L. and Smith, M.W. (1996). "A Modified Newmark Model for Seismic Displacements of Landfills and Other Compliant Slopes", Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 123, No. 7, pp. 635-644.
  • Baska, D. A., Kramer, S.L., and Silva, W. J. (1998), "Ground Motions in Washington State from Subduction Zone Earthquakes, Proceedings, Geo-Institute Specialty Conference on Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics, Seattle, Vol. 1, pp. 54-65.
  • Stark, T. D., Olson, S. M., Kramer, S. L., and Youd, T. L. (1998) "Shear Strength of Liquified Soil", Proceedings, Geo-Institute Specialty Conference on Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics, Seattle, Vol. 1, pp. 313-324.
  • Kramer, S.L. (1999): "Geotechnical Earthquake Considerations", Chapter 33 in Earthquake Engineering Handbook, W.F. Chen and L. Duan, eds., CRC Press, in press.
  • Kramer, S.L., Wang, C.H., and Byers, M.B. (1999). "Experimental Measurement of the Residual Strength of Particulate Materials," Physics and Mechanics of Soil Liquefaction, Lade, P.V. and Yamamuro, J.A., eds., Balkema Publishers, Rotterdam, pp. 249-259.