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Davies Medal Awarded to James Mitchell ’51

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* Davies Medal Awarded to James Mitchell ’51
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An esteemed geotechnical engineer and educator, Mitchell is the University Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

The award ceremony was part of the celebration of the 175th anniversary of civil engineering at Rensselaer, which took place as part of Reunion & Homecoming weekend. Mitchell delivered a presentation titled “Soil Mechanics to Geotechnical Engineering: 60 Years in the Evolution of a Discipline.”

Mitchell joined the faculty at Virginia Tech in 1994 after retiring as the Edward G. Cahill and John R. Cahill Chair in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He continues research and graduate student supervision in the geotechnical engineering program at Virginia Tech.

A gifted researcher who has authored more than 375 publications, Mitchell focuses on the experimental and analytical studies of soil behavior related to geotechnical problems.

He has supervised the dissertation research of 75 doctoral students.

His many awards include the Norman Medal, Thomas A. Middlebrooks Award, Walter L. Huber Research Prize, and the 2006 Outstanding Projects and Leaders Award (OPAL) in Education, all from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1998 and the National Academy of Engineering in 1976.
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