Joseph Wartman

Joseph Wartman

H. R. Berg Associate Professor
Geotechnical Engineering

wartman@uw.edu
Office: More 132
Phone: 206-685-4806

PhD, UC Berkeley, 1999 MEng, UC Berkeley, 1996
MSCE, UC Berkeley, 1996
BSCE, Villanova University, 1990


Joseph Wartman is the H. R. Berg Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The author of over 60 professional articles, Wartman edits the Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering and chairs the Geo-Institute (GI) Committee on Embankments, Dams, and Slopes. He is the recipient of several awards and honors including the U.S. National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award, the John J. Gallen Memorial Award for Technical Advancements from Villanova University, and the Geotechnical Engineer of the Year award from the Philadelphia section of ASCE. Prior to his arrival at the University of Washington in 2010, Wartman spent nearly 10 years at Drexel University, where he was a founding Co-Director of the Drexel Engineering Cites Initiative. In 2008, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona, Spain. Before his career in academia, Wartman was a professional practitioner in California and Pennsylvania for 5 years. He received his B.C.E. from Villanova University, and his MS, MEng, and PhD degrees from the UC Berkeley. Wartman is a Registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and California.

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Research Interests

  • Geotechnical earthquake engineering
  • Engineering geology
  • Sustainable geotechnics
  • Spatial analysis
  • Natural hazards