Dr. Mark R. Muszynski
Professional Interests: Civil/geotechnical engineering, soil mechanics, foundation engineering
Office: Herak 240
Position: Assistant Professor
Biographical Description: Mark Muszynski has eight years of full-time experience in civil and geotechnical engineering, and has been involved in engineering consulting for an additional six years. He has worked on projects and sites for all types of clients including industrial, commercial, municipal, and residential, and has personally evaluated ground conditions and provided engineering recommendations on over 400 sites. Mark is a licensed professional engineer in the states of Washington, Michigan, and Illinois. He has participated in engineering conferences as a speaker, and has authored and co-authored numerous journal articles and conference proceedings. Much of his early personal research, conducted while still in full-time practice, focused on increasing the quality of engineering parameters for foundation design simply by incorporating some additional observations from conventional soil testing. Additional research interests include soft ground behavior, in situ soil testing, the effects of earthquakes on foundation elements related to transportation infrastructure and lifelines, and professional practice issues. Professor Muszynski's teaching philosophy includes bringing his experience to the classroom to promote high levels of interest in the subjects taught, while presenting the material in a way that nurtures the natural desire of the student with regards to gaining a solid understanding of the important engineering concepts.