Geosystems engineering merges geotechnics, geophysics, geomechanics, and geology. The discipline focuses on the behavior of natural materials in engineered systems.
The Geosystems Engineering program at Georgia Tech encompasses both traditional and emerging topics within the field, including advanced techniques for site and material characterization; constitutive and micromechanical modeling; natural and man-made hazard mitigation; engineered soils; biotechnology; geotechnical aspects of resource recovery; and foundation design, slope stability, and excavation support.
With seven full-time faculty, adjunct and visiting faculty, and more than 40 graduate students, the Geosystems Engineering program includes fundamental and applied research using analytical, numerical, and experimental methods. It is supported by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Geological Survey, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army, U.S. Department of Energy, Mid-America Earthquake Center, Georgia Department of Transportation, mining and oil companies, and other private industries.
Graduate students may select from more than fifteen graduate course offerings, engage in research and teaching via graduate assistantships, and participate in a wide range of professional development and social activities coordinated by the Georgia Tech Geotechnical Society.