Gholamreza Mesri holds a B.S. (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1965), M.S. (UIUC 1966), and Ph.D. (UIUC 1969), all in civil engineering. He has been on the faculty of the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering since 1969.
Dr. Mesri has taught advanced undergraduate and graduate level courses in Soil Mechanics and Soil Behavior. Dr. Mesri is the co-author with Karl Terzaghi and Ralph B. Peck of the Third Edition of Soil Mechanics in Engineering Practice, Wiley Interscience.
Dr. Mesri's current fields of active research include engineering properties, construction problems, and ground modification technology in soft clays and silts, stiff clays and soft rocks, as well as granular materials.
Dr. Mesri has served as consultant to government and private organizations in relation to construction projects in North and South America, Europe, and Asia, including airports, offshore facilities, tunnels, hydroelectric developments and building foundations. He is a member of the International Commission on Restoration of Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City, and a member of the International Commission on Swelling Rocks, and International Committee on Coastal Geotechnical Engineering, and International Committee on Foundation Engineering in Difficult Soil Conditions.
Dr. Mesri is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Canadian Geotechnical Society, and International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. He is the recipient of the 1988 Norman Medal and 1992 Middlebrook Award of the American Society of Civil Engineers.