Faculty Profile

Timothy D Stark

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Timothy D Stark
Timothy D Stark
Professor
2217 Newmark Civil Engineering Bldg
205 N. Mathews
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 333-7394

Administrative Titles

  • CEE Excellence Faculty Scholar

Primary Research Area

  • Geotechnical Engineering

Education

  • B.S., Civil Engineering (with honors), University of Delaware, 1981
  • M.Eng., Civil Engineering, University of California at Berkeley (Advisor: J.M. Duncan), 1984
  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech (Moved with Advisor: J.M. Duncan), 1987

Biography

Timothy D. Stark is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with an expertise in Geotechnical Engineering. Dr. Stark has been conducting interdisciplinary research and teaching on the static and seismic stability of natural and manmade slopes, such as dams, levees, floodwalls, and waste containment facilities, railroad geotechnics, geosynthetics and geomembranes, soil liquefaction during earthquakes, and stabilization and behavior of dredged material containment areas. He has been involved in a number of projects on these topics, which has facilitated the transfer of his research results to practice. He is currently researching three-dimensional slope stability, inverse analyses of landslides, heating events in waste containment facilities, and jet grouting. Dr. Stark has received a number of awards for his research, teaching, and service activities including: Best 2017 Paper Award, ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities; Best 2015 Geosynthetics International Journal Paper; Best Research Paper Award, 14th and 13th International Railway Engineering Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2017 and 2015; 2015 James M. Hoover Lecturer at Iowa State University; R.S. Ladd D18 Standards Development Award, Standard Designation D6467, ASTM, 2014; Thomas A. Middlebrooks Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 2013 and 1998; Editor of the Year by the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 2011; being elected a Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)(2010), Fellow, ASCE (2005), R.M. Quigley Award from the Canadian Geotechnical Society, 2006; R.S. Ladd ASTM Standards Development Award from the ASTM, 2014, 2011, and 2002, and Walter L. Huber Research Prize from ASCE, 1999; University Scholar Award from the University of Illinois, 1998; News Correspondent Award, ASCE, 1995; Dow Outstanding New Faculty Award from the American Society for Engineering Education, 1994; Xerox Award for Faculty Research, College of Engineering, University of Illinois, 1993; Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award from the ASCE, 1992; Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award for Professional Achievement, from the ASCE, 1991; and a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Research Fellow, 1987 and 1991.

Academic Positions

  • Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, August 1999 ￿ present

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Major Consulting Activities

  • Ohio Department of Transportation, Columbus, OH: Dispute Resolution Board Member for Interstate construction project in Ohio and first public-private partnership contract in Ohio, 2015 - date.
  • U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C.: Expert for floodwall failures during 2005 Hurricane Katrina, 2012 - 2016
  • Missouri Attorney General and Department of Natural Resources, Jefferson City, MO: Expert for subsurface exothermic event in Bridgeton Landfill near St. Louis, MO, 2007 - present
  • Land Air Water Legal Solutions, LLC, Berwyn, PA: Expert for landfill slope failure near Easton, PA, 2013 - date.

Professional Registrations

  • Civil Engineer Registration, No. 2015-027454, Missouri, 2015
  • Civil Engineer Registration, No. 50300, Washington, 2013
  • Civil Engineer Registration, No. 36437, Louisiana, 2011
  • Civil Engineer Registration, No. 45267, Colorado, 2011
  • Civil Engineer Registration, No. 062-048775, Illinois, 1994

Research Statement

Dr. Stark focuses on applied interdisciplinary research that addresses current problems in geotechnical engineering. Dr. Stark's research interests include behavior of railroad track systems and transitions, static and seismic stability of natural and manmade slopes, soil liquefaction during earthquakes, design of waste containment facilities and sustainable aluminum recycling, geosynthetics, performance of compacted structural fills, and stabilization and behavior of dredged material containment areas. He has been involved in a number of research and consulting projects on these topics, which have facilitated the transfer of this technology to practice and to his students.

Graduate Research Opportunities

I always have research openings for highly motivated and qualified undergraduate and graduate students interested in various aspects of geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

I always have research openings for highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students interested in various aspects of geotechnical and geoenvironmental enigneering.

Research Interests

  • Behavior and Design of Waste Containment Facilities
  • Performance of Compacted Structural Fills and Slopes
  • Forensic Geotechnical and Foundation Engineering
  • Design of Earth Dams, Levees, Floodwalls, Landfills, and Other Earth Structures
  • Subsurface Related Litigation
  • Behavior and Improvement of Confined Dredged Material
  • Static and Seismic Shear Strength of Cohesive Soils
  • Geothermal Energy Systems
  • Liquefaction and Post-Liquefaction Strength of Cohesionless Soils
  • Design and Performance of Geosynthetics
  • Behavior of Railroad Track Systems and Transitions
  • Static and Seismic Stability of Natural and Man-Made Slopes

Research Areas

Books Authored or Co-Authored (Original Editions)

  • Stark, T.D., N. Liggit, and P. Assem "Geotechnical Foundation Design: Importance and Methodologies", Completed in 2012 and used every Spring Semester in CEE480 in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2107 with annual improvements - Elsevier has reviewed selected chapters and is proposing contract and publication terms.

Selected Articles in Journals

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Moale, C., Smith, D., Stark, T.D., Wilk, S.T., and Rose, J.G. ￿Design and Performance of Three Remediated Bridge Approaches￿. Proceedings of 2016 American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) Conference. Orlando, FL, August 28-31, 2016.
  • Stark, T.D. and Jafari, N.H., "Uncertainty of Model Parameters in PSDDF for Coastal Restoration''. Proc. of Specialty Conf. Geo-Chicago-2016, Geotech. Spec. Pub. (GSP) 273, ASCE, Chicago, August, 2016, p. 492-500.
  • Swan, R.H., Yeom, S., Sjoblom, K.J., Stark, T.D., and Filshill, A., "Engineering Properties of Foamed Recycled Glass as a Lightweight Fill''. Proc. of Specialty Conf. Geo-Chicago-2016, Geotech. Spec. Pub. (GSP) 272, ASCE, Chicago, August, 2016, p. 11-22.
  • Jafari, N.H. and Stark, T.D., "Spatial Classification of Elevated Temperatures in MSW Landfills''. Proc. of Specialty Conf. Geo-Chicago-2016, Geotech. Spec. Pub. (GSP) 271, ASCE, Chicago, August, 2016, p. 285-296.
  • Jafari, N.H. and Stark, T.D., "Slope and Settlement Movements of an MSW Landfill During Elevated Temperatures''. Proc. of Specialty Conf. Geo-Chicago-2016, Geotech. Spec. Pub. (GSP) 271, ASCE, Chicago, August, 2016, p. 275-284.
  • Jafari, N.H. and Stark, T.D., "Progression of Elevated Temperatures in MSW Landfills''. Proc. of Specialty Conf. Geo-Chicago-2016, Geotech. Spec. Pub. (GSP) 271, ASCE, Chicago, August, 2016, p. 232-243.
  • Stark, T.D., LaFiura, and Fought, S., "Sustainable Geomembrane Recycling and Down-Cycling''. Proc. of Specialty Conf. Geo-Chicago-2016, Geotech. Spec. Pub. (GSP) 271, ASCE, Chicago, August, 2016, p. 44-50.
  • Stark, T.D. and Baghdady, A., "Use of LiDAR for Monitoring and Assessing Landslides''. Proc. of Specialty Conf. Geo-Chicago-2016, Geotech. Spec. Pub. (GSP) 269, ASCE, Chicago, August, 2016, p. 596-604.
  • Stark, T.D., Wilk, S.T., Thompson, H.B. II, Sussmann, T.R., Jr., Baker, M., and Ho, C.L. ￿Evaluating Fouled Ballast using Seismic Surface Waves,￿ ASME Proceedings of 2016 Joint Rail Conf. (JRC2016), Charleston, SC, March, 2016.
  • Bruzek, R., Stark, T.D., Wilk, S.T., Thompson, H.B. II, and Sussmann, T.R., Jr. ￿Fouled Ballast Definitions and Parameters,￿ ASME Proceedings of 2016 Joint Rail Conf. (JRC2016), Charleston, SC, March, 2016.
  • Stark, T.D., Rose, J.G., Wilk, S.T., and Purcell, M. ￿Design of Well-Performing Railway Transitions￿. Proceedings of 2015 American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association Conference. Minneapolis, MN. October 4-7, 2015.
  • Stark, T.D., Rose, J.G., Wilk, S.T., and Moorhead, W. ￿Effect of Hand Tamping on Transition Zone Behavior￿. Proceedings of 2015 American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association Conference. Minneapolis, MN. October 4-7, 2015.

Invited Lectures

  • "2014 Oso, Washington Landslide Analysis"
  • ￿Non-Invasive Monitoring of Railway Track and Transitions"
  • "Design and Performance of Well-Performing Railway Transitions"
  • "Use of SASW for Prediction of Substructure Performance"
  • "Under-Tie Pads to Improve Track Resiliency in Railroad Transitions,"
  • "Non-invasive measurement of impact loads at transition zones,"
  • "2014 Oso Landslide"
  • "Expansive Soil Design, Case Histories, and Unsaturated Soil Measurements"
  • "Design and Performance of Well-Performing Railway Transitions"

Other Publications

  • Revised Standard Test Method for Torsional Ring Shear Test to Determine Drained Fully Softened Shear Strength of Cohesive Soils, American Society for Testing and Materials, West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, 2017, Vol. 04.09, Designation: D7608-15.
  • Standard Test Method for Torsional Ring Shear Test to Determine Drained Fully Softened Shear Strength and Nonlinear Strength Envelop of Cohesive Soils, American Society for Testing and Materials, West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, 2010, Vol. 04.09, Designation D7608.
  • Revised Standard Test Method for Torsional Ring Shear Test to Determine Drained Residual Shear Strength of Cohesive Soils, American Society for Testing and Materials, West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, 2006, Vol. 04.09, Designation: D6467-06, pp. 832-836.
  • Standard Test Method for Torsional Ring Shear Test to Determine Drained Residual Shear Strength of Cohesive Soils, American Society for Testing and Materials, West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, 2000, Vol. 04.09, Designation: D6467-00, pp. 832-836.

Magazine Articles

  • Stark, T.D. and Paiko, D., "Geosynthetics in New Transportation Applications," Geosynthetics, Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), 29(4), June/July, 2014, p. 28-33.
  • Stark, T.D., Miller, J., LaFiura, D., and Fought, S. "Sustainable Geomembrane Recycling and Downcycling," Geosynthetics, Industrial Fabrics Association International, Vol. 31, No. 3, June/July, 2013, pp. 34-39.
  • Stark, T.D., R.W. Thomas, and T.J. Dehlin, "Air-channel testing of thermally bonded flexible polypropylene geomembrane seams," Geosynthetics, Industrial Fabrics Association International, April/May, 2013, Vol. 31, No.4, pp. 26-33.
  • Stark, T.D., B. Queen, and H. Choi, "Avoiding Surprises in Slope Stability," GeoStrata Magazine, January/February, Vol. 17(1), 2013, pp. 26-30.
  • Frobel, R., Oliveira, P., Kolbasuk, G., and Stark, T.D. "New Geomembrane Selection Matrix," Geosynthetics, Industrial Fabrics Association International, Vol. 30, No. 1, February/March, 2012, pp. 52.
  • Stark, T.D., "Design Questions and Answers for Geomembranes," Geosynthetics, Industrial Fabrics Association International, Vol. 27, No. 3, June/July, 2009, p. 56.
  • Stark, T.D., Kolbasuk, G., Slifer, S., Simbeck, D., and Boorsma, J. "Benefits and Cost Advantages of Fabricated Geomembranes," Land and Water, Natural Resource Management and Restoration, www.landandwater.com, July/August, 2011, pp. 37-41.
  • Stark, T.D., L. F. Pazmino, S. Slifer, and D. Simbeck, "Field and Seams: Advantages and Uses of Fabricated Geomembranes," Waste Age Magazine, Waste Systems and Technology, November, 2010, pp. 22-23.
  • Stark, T.D., D. Berube, P. Diebel, and A. Rollin, "Massive Mining Evaporation Ponds Constructed in Chilean Desert," Geosynthetics, Industrial Fabrics Association International, February/March, 2007, Vol.25, No.1, pp. 26-33.
  • Stark, T.D., Discussion of "Landfill Closure: A lesson in crisis management," by G. N. Richardson and W. Chicca, Geosynthetics, Industrial Fabrics Association International, Vol. 24, No. 3, June/July, 2006, pp. 6.

Journal Editorships

  • Editor, ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 2013-present
  • Editorial Board Member, Geotextiles and Geomembranes, International Geosynthetics Society ￿ 2015 - present
  • Editorial Board Member, ASCE Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engrg and Construction, 2013 - present
  • Editorial Board Member, Geosynthetics International Journal, International Geosynthetics Society ￿ 2013 - present
  • Co-Editor, Special Issue on Geosynthetic Clay Liners, Geosynthetics International Journal, 2013 - 2015
  • Associate Editor, ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 2009 - 2013
  • Editorial Board Member, ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 1991 - 1997.

Conferences Organized or Chaired

  • Symposium Organizer, Railroad Ballast Testing and Properties, ASTM International, Philadelphia, PA ￿ 2016 - 2018.

Professional Societies

  • Vice President, International Geosynthetics Society ￿ North American Chapter, 2017 - 2021
  • Vice Chair, Embankments, Dams, and Slopes Committee, ASCE ￿ 2015 - date
  • ASCE, Embankments, Dams, and Slopes Committee, Member, 2012-present
  • ASCE, Geo-Institute, Embankment Dams and Slopes Committee, Member 1997-2005
  • International Society for Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering (ISSMFE), Member, 1987-Present.
  • ASTM, D-35 Geotextiles, Geomembranes and Related Products Committee Membership, 1987-Present.
  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), D-18 Soil and Rock Committee Membership, 1987-Present.

Service on Department Committees

  • Second Alternate, College of Engineering Executive Committee, UIUC, Civil Engineering, 2016-date
  • Chair, Mani Golparvar-Fard Promotion and Tenure Committee, UIUC, 2015
  • Member, John Popovics Promotion and Tenure Committee, UIUC, 2014
  • Member, CEE Modernization Committee, UIUC, Civil Engineering, 2013-date
  • Member, Graduate Student Affairs Committee, UIUC, Civil Engineering, 2010-date
  • Member, CEE Modernization Committee, UIUC, Civil Engineering, 2013-date
  • Member, Civil Engineering Curriculum Committee, UIUC, 2014 - date
  • Member, Graduate Student Affairs Committee, 2010-2013
  • Member, Advisory Committee, 2010-2014
  • Member, Civil Engineering Curriculum Committee, 2009 - 2012
  • Chair, Advisory Committee, 2003-2004

Service on College Committees

  • Chair, Ad Hoc Subcommittee Course Proposal Review for ENG 401, College of Engineering, UIUC, 2015
  • Chair, Ad Hoc Subcommittee Course Proposal Review for ENG 450, College of Engineering, UIUC, 2015
  • Member, Teaching Evaluation and Improvement Committee, 1998-2000
  • Member, Design Council, 1993

Honors

  • Awards shown below by Category

Teaching Honors

  • Incomplete List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by University of Illinois Students (1995, 1997, 1998, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016 )

Research Honors

  • 2017 Best Paper Award, ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities for 2016 paper with R. Benekohal, L.A. Fahenstock, J.M. LaFave, J. He, and C Wittenkeller (2017)
  • Best Research Paper Award, 14th International Railway Engineering Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, June, 2017 with S.T. Wilk, J.R. Rose, and Q. Liu. (2017)
  • Best Geosynthetics International Journal Paper for 2015, Geosynthetics International Journal, International Geosynthetics Society, Thomas Telford, Ltd. (2016)
  • Excellence Faculty Scholar, Civil and Environmental Engrg. Dept., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2016-date)
  • Best Research Paper Award, 13th International Railway Engineering Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, June, 2015 with S.T. Wilk, H.B. Thompson, and T.R. Sussmann. (2015)
  • 2015 James M. Hoover Lecturer, Iowa State University, Ames, IA (2015)
  • R.S. Ladd D18 Standards Development Award, American Society for Testing and Materials (2014)
  • Thomas A. Middlebrooks Award for "Best Geotechnical Engineering" Paper in ASCE Journal of Geotechnical Engineering in 2013 (2013)
  • 2011 Best Scholarly, Feature, Case Study Paper in ASCE Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction in 2010 (2011)
  • Classic Paper in Geosynthetics, ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Cancun, Mexico (2008)
  • R.M. Quigley Award, for ￿best￿ paper in the Canadian Geotechnical Journal in 2002, Canadian Geotechnical Society (2003)
  • Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, ASCE (1999)
  • University Scholar, University Scholars Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1998-2001)
  • Thomas A. Middlebrooks Award for ￿best￿ paper in ASCE Journal of Geotechnical Engineering in 1997. (1998)
  • Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award, ASCE (1992)
  • Edmund Friedman Young Engineer Award for Professional Achievement, Amer. Soc. of Civil Engineers (ASCE) (1991)

Public Service Honors

  • Elected Vice President, International Geosynthetics Society ￿ North American Chapter, 2017 - 2021
  • Elected Vice Chair, Embankments, Dams, and Slopes Committee, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 2015-date (2015-2018)
  • Selected to Editorial Board Member, Geotextiles and Geomembranes, International Geosynthetics Society (2015-)
  • Selected to Editorial Board of Journal of Legal Affairs and Dispute Resolution in Engineering and Construction, ASCE (2014-)
  • Lectureships to Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, Lima, Peru, 2013, 2014, and 2015 (2013-)
  • Selected to Editorial Board of Geosynthetics Iternational Journal (2013-)
  • Selected Editor, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, 2012 - date (2012 - 2015)
  • Associate Editor of the Year Award, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE (2012)

Other Honors

  • "2D and 3D Unsaturated and Transient Seepage Analyses for Landside Excavations near Levees and Floodwalls," Keynote Speaker, Ohio River Valley Society Seminar (ORVSS) XLVIII, Cincinnati, OH, November 17, 2017.
  • "Three-Dimensional Slope Stability Analyses in Practice," Keynote Speaker, CalGeo (California Geotechnical Engineering Association) Conference, Hapuna Beach Prince Resort, Hawaii, April 26-28, 2017.
  • ￿Non-Invasive Monitoring and Performance of Railway Transitions," Keynote Speaker, ASCE Nebraska Section 34th Geo-Omaha Conference-2017, Omaha, NB, February 10, 2017.
  • Keynote Lecture "Expansive Soil Design and Case Histories," Keynote Speaker, Geo-Omaha 2016, ASCE Geo Institute, Omaha, Nebraska, February 12, 2016.
  • ￿Hurricane Katrina Floodwall Failures and Resulting Litigation," Distinguished Lecture, Lafayette College, Easton, PA, October 2 2015.
  • "On-Going Study of Oso Landslide," Keynote Speaker, GeoConfluence 2015, ASCE Geo Institute, St. Louis, Missouri, November 6, 2015.
  • ￿Recent Ruling on IHNC Floodwall Failures During Hurricane Katrina," Keynote Speaker, ASCE 28th Central Pennsylvania Regional Conf., Hershey, PA, November 5, 2015.
  • ￿Floodwall Failures During Hurricane Katrina: Court Ruling," IFCEE 2015, ASCE, San Antonio, TX, March 21, 2015.
  • ￿IHNC Floodwall Failures During Hurricane Katrina," 2015 James M Hoover Lecturer, Iowa State University, March 12 2015.
  • Keynote Lecture ￿IHNC Floodwall Failures During Hurricane Katrina," Keynote Speaker, 2014 Midwest Levees and Rivers Technical Exchange, St. Louis, MO, October 28, 2014. (2014)
  • Keynote Lecture ￿Three-Dimensional Slope Stability Analyses," Keynote Speaker 12th International Conference on Geo-Disaster Reduction-ICGdR, Fullerton, CA, September 6, 2014. (2014)
  • Keynote Lecture "Seismic Retrofit of Tuttle Creek Dam," Keynote Speaker, Geo-Omaha 2014, ASCE Geo Institute, Omaha, Nebraska, February 14, 2014. (2014)
  • Keynote Lecture "Detection and Movement of Landfill Fires," Keynote Speaker, GeoConfluence 2013, ASCE Geo Institute, St. Louis, Missouri, November 7, 2013. (2013)