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Richard J. Fragaszy

(703) 292-7011
E 13324
Program Director

Program Responsibilities:
Coastal SEES (Coastal SEES)
Engineering for Civil Infrastructure (ECI)
Materials Use: Science, Engineering, and Society (MUSES)


Richard J. Fragaszy is a native of New York City. He graduated from Duke University where he received B.S.E. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering in 1972 and 1974, respectively. He also graduated from the University of California at Davis where, in 1979, he received his Ph.D. degree in Engineering, with a specialization in Geotechnical Engineering. Dr. Fragaszy has held tenured faculty positions at San Diego State University and Washington State University, and has also been a faculty member at Bucknell University and Montana State University. Since 2000, he has been a Program Director in the Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (formerly Civil and Mechanical Systems) at NSF. He currently co-manages the Engineering for Civil Infrastructure Program. Dr. Fragaszy's dissertation research on stability of overconsolidated clay slopes pioneered the use of geotechnical centrifuge modeling in the United States. His later centrifuge work included studies of projectile penetration and cratering in granular soils, and blast response of reinforced soil structures. His research projects have also involved hydroconsolidation of deep fills, dynamic response of retaining structures, laboratory testing of soils, and slope stability. Dr. Fragaszy has presented the results of his research in over 80 publications. He has been a registered professional engineer since 1976. His consulting experience includes foundation design, slope stability analyses, ground motion and liquefaction analyses, as well as forensic engineering. He has been a Principal Engineer at Northwest Geotech, Inc. and Geoenvironmental, Inc. He has served as the Chair of ASCE's Committee on Soil Properties and Modeling and as a Councilor on the GeoInstitute's Technical Coordinating Council. He served many years on the editorial boards of ASTMs Geotechnical Testing Journal and ASCEs Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering.