Faculty - Andrew J. Whittle

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Andrew J. Whittle

Edmund K. Turner Professor in Civil Engineering

MIT
Room 1-346
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA, 02139

Telephone: 617.253.7122 Email: ajwhittl@mit.edu Assistant: Jeanette Marchocki / jmmarch@mit.edu

Education

  • B.Sc. 1981, Imperial College of Science and Technology
  • Sc.D. 1987, MIT

Research Interests

  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Constitutive models for geomaterials
  • Analysis methods for foundations
  • Excavations and tunnels
  • In situ test methods and ground improvement
  • Field monitoring and sensor networks

Teaching Interests

  • 1.031 Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering
  • 1.364 Advanced Geotechnical Engineering
  • 1.351 Theoretical Soil Mechanics
  • 1.322 Soil Behavior

Awards and Honors

  • National Academy of Engineering (2010)
  • ASCE Thomas A. Middlebrooks Award (1997, 2002, 2005) 
  • ASCE Walter L. Huber Research Prize (1998) 
  • ASCE James R. Croes Medal (1994)
  • ASCE Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award (1994) 
  • John F. Kennedy Memorial Scholarship, U.K. (1982-1984)
  • A.W.Skempton Prize for Soil Mechanics, Imperial College (1981)

Selected Publications

Geotechnical

  1. Abdulhadi, N.O., Germaine, J.T. and Whittle, A.J., (2010), “An experimental study of wellbore instability in clays,” ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 137(8), 766-776. (pdf)
  2. Nikolinakou, M.A., Whittle, A.J., Savidis S., & Schran, U. (2011) “Prediction and interpretation of the performance of a deep excavation in Berlin sand,” ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 137(11), 1047-1061. (pdf)
  3. Sanzeni, A., Whittle, A.J., Germaine, J.T. & Colleselli, F. (2012) “Compression and creep properties of Venice Lagoon sands,” ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 138(10, 1266-1276.(pdf)
  4. Kasama, K., Whittle, A.J., Zen, K. (2012). “Reliability evaluation of undrained bearing capacity on cement-treated ground using random field numerical limit analyses,” To appear Soils and Foundations, 52(4), 600-619. (pdf)
  5. Ebrahimi, D., Pellenq, R.J.M. & Whittle, A.J. (2012) "Nano-scale elastic properties due to montmorillonite water absorption," Langmuir, 28(49), 16855-16863. (pdf)
  6. Buscarnera, G. & Whittle, A.J. (2013) “Model prediction of static liquefaction: The influence of initial state on potential instabilities,” ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 139(3), 420-432. (pdf)
  7. Buscarnera, G. & Whittle, A.J. (2013) “Constitutive modeling approach for evaluating the triggering of flow slides,” Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 49(5), 499-511. (pdf)
  8. Yuan, Y. & Whittle, A.J. (2013) “Evaluation and prediction of 17th Street Canal I-wall stability using numerical limit analyses,” ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 139(6), 841-852. (pdf)
  9. Zymnis. D.M., Chatzigiannelis, I. & Whittle, A.J. (2013) “Effect of anisotropy on ground movements caused by tunneling,” to appear Géotechnique (pdf)
  10. Pinto, F. & Whittle, A.J. (2013). “Ground movements due to shallow tunnels in soft ground: 1. Analytical solutions,” To appear ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. (pdf)
  11. Pinto, F., Zymnis, D. & Whittle, A.J. (2013). “Ground movements due to shallow tunnels in soft ground: 2. Analytical interpretation and prediction,” To appear ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering.(pdf)

Sensor Networks & Water Distribution Systems

  1. Preis, A., Whittle, A.J., Ostfield, A. & Perelman, L. (2011) “Efficient hydraulic state estimation technique using reduced models of urban water networks,” ASCE Journal of Water Resources Planning & Management, 137(4), 343-351.(pdf)
  2. Allen, M., Preis, A., Iqbal, M., Srirangarajan, S., Lim, H.B., Girod, L. and Whittle, A.J. (2011) “The application of real-time in-network monitoring of the water distribution system to improve operational efficiency,” Journal of American Water Works Association (JAWWA), 103(7), 63-75. (pdf)
  3. Whittle, A.J., Allen, M., Preis, A., Iqbal, M. (2013) "Sensor networks for monitoring and control of water distribution systems," Keynote Lecture Proc. 6th International Conference on Structural Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructure (SHMII_6), Hong Kong. (pdf)
  4. Srirangarajam, S., Allen, M.P., Preis, A., Lim, H.B. & Whittle, A.J. (2012) "Wavelet-based burst detection and localization in water distribution systems," Journal of Signal Processing Systems, 72(1), 1-16. (pdf)