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Sebastian Bryson, Ph.D., P.E.

Hardin-Drnevich-Huang Associate Professor

Research Areas


Associate Professor, University of Kentucky: 7/2012 – present

Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky: 8/2006 – 7/2012

Assistant Professor Ohio University 11/2001 – 6/2006

GE Faculty Intern Northwestern University 9/2000 – 9/2001

Teaching and Research Assistant Northwestern University 9/1998 – 9/2000

Geotechnical Engineer CH2M HILL, Inc. 1/1992 – 9/1998

Research Engineer Federal Highway Administration 1/1990 – 1/1992


Ph.D. in Civil Engineering , Northwestern University 12/2002

M.Eng. in Civil Engineering ,  Howard University  5/1992

B.S. in Civil Engineering, Florida A&M University  5/1987


  • Bryson, L.S. and Zapata-Medina, D.G. (2012). “Method for Estimating System Stiffness of Excavation Support Systems,” Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 138, No. 9, in print.
  • Bryson, L.S., Gomez-Gutierrez, I.C. and Hopkins, T.C. (2012). “Development of a New Loss Slake Durability Index for Compacted Shales,” Engineering Geology, Vol.139-140, 66-75.
  • Bryson, L.S., Jean-Louis, M. and Gabriel, C. (2012). “Determination of Insitu Moisture Content in soil from a Measure of Dielectric Constant,” International Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, Vol. 6, No. 2, 251-259.
  • Bryson, L.S. and Kotheimer, M.J. (2011). “Cracking in Walls of a Building Adjacent to a Deep Excavation,” Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, Vol. 25, No. 6, 491-503.
  • Acton, P.M., Fox, J.F., Campbell, J.E., Jones, A.L., Rowe, H., Martin, D., and Bryson, L.S. (2011). “The Role of Soil Health in Maintaining Environmental Sustainability of Surface Coal Mining,” Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 45, 10265-10272.
  • Bryson, L.S. and Salehian, A. (2011). “Performance of Constitutive Models in Predicting Behavior of Remolded Clay,” ACTA Geotechnica, Vol. 6, No. 3, 143-154.
  • Bryson, L.S., Adu-Gyamfi, K., and Janbakhsh, L.A. (2011), “Physicochemical Analysis of Fly Ash-Modified Soils”, International Conference on Advances in Geotechnical Engineering, Perth, Australia, 7-9 November, 2011.
  • Silva-Castro, J., Bryson, L.S. Gamber, N.K., and Lusk, B.T. (2011), “Numerical Modeling of Subsurface Blast”, 14th Pan-American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (PCSMGE), Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2-6 October, 2011.
  • Bryson, L.S., and Walton-Macaulay, C. (2011). “The Effects of Fouling on the Deformation and Stiffness Behavior of Railroad Ballast,” International Symposium on Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials, 31 August -3 September, 2011, Seoul, Korea.
  • Gomzez-Guteuerrez, I. C., Bryson, L.S., and Hopkins, T.C. (2011). “Correlations between durability and geotechnical properties of compacted shale”, Geo-Frontiers 2011, Dallas, TX ,13-16 March 2011.

Research Interests:

Field Instrumentation

Ground Modification

Insitu and Laboratory Testing of Soils

Insitu Response of Geotechnical Systems

Monitoring of Constructed Facilities Performance

Prediction of Supported Excavations

Soil Improvement