Faculty Profile

James H Long

Civil and Environmental Engineering
James H Long
James H Long
Professor Emeritus
2230d Newmark Civil Engineering Bldg
205 N. Mathews
Urbana Illinois 61801
(217) 333-2543

Primary Research Area

  • Geotechnical Engineering ARCHIVED


James H. Long holds a B.S. (1976), M.S. (1981), and Ph.D. (1984), all in civil engineering at the University of Texas in Austin. He has been on the faculty of the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois since 1985. He is the Director of the Harry J. Schnabel Jr. Large Soil Model Test Laboratory.

Dr. Long has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in geotechnical engineering. The undergraduate courses he has taught include Introductory Soil Mechanics, and Geotechnical Engineering. Graduate level classes taught include Applied Soil Mechanics, Behavior of Deep Foundations, Earth Pressures and Retaining Structures, and Geosynthetics and Mechanically Stabilized Earth. He also teaches classes on driven piling and drilled shafts that are offered nationwide by ASCE and FHWA.

Dr. Long is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the GeoInstitute, the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering, the Deep Foundations Institute, the Pile Driving Contractors Association, the Association of Drilled Shaft Contractors. He serves on the Technical committee TC 23 on Limit State Design in Geotechnical Engineering Practice for the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. He also serves on the committee for developing Driven Pile Installation Specifications for the Pile Driving Contractors Association. He has also served as on other committees for American Society of Civil Engineering and for the Transportation Research Board.

Research Statement

Dr. Long has research interests focused on soil-structure interaction such as behavior of axially and laterally loaded foundations, use of load test database for reliability-based design, earthquake engineering, mechanically stabilized earth and earth support systems, and ground improvement methods and their effect on structures. He is actively involved in conducting both field and model-scale tests for foundations and excavations.

Research Areas