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John Rice

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Civil and Environmental Engineering

Faculty

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday 11:30-1:30 P.M.
Go toOffice Location: EL 272
DialPhone: 435-797-8611
SendEmail: john.rice@usu.edu


Educational Background

PhD, Civil Engineering, (Geotechnical Engineering), Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2008
The Long-Term Performance of Seepage Barriers in Dams
MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, (Geotechnical Engineering), Utah State University, 1989
Liquefaction Potential Mappin in Central Utah
BA, Geology, Humboldt State University, 1984


Biography

John Rice holds a Bachelor’s in Geology from Humboldt State University, a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Utah State, and a Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering from Virginia Tech. After earning his Master’s degree, John worked as a Geotechnical Consultant for Kleinfelder and Woodward-Clyde. After 16 years of consulting, John returned to academics to earn his Ph.D. at Virginia Tech where he studied the long-term performance of seepage barriers in dams. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Utah State University where he teaches and performs reaches in the areas of earth structures and ground improvement.


Teaching Interests

Geotechnical Engineering, Earth structures, dams and levees, ground improvement

Research Interests

Seepage and internal erosin, reliabilty of earth structures, landslides

Awards

Younger Professional Paper of the Year, 2016

United States Society on Dams

Elected to Board of Directors, 2015

United States Society on Dam

Nominated for Engineering Educator of the Year, 2014

Utah Engineers Council

Advisor of the Year, 2014

Utah State Univeristy

Engineering Educator of the Year, 2013

ASCE - Utah Chapter

United States Society on Dams Scholarship, 2006

USSD

Instructorship Position, 2005

Virginia Tech

Charles E. Via Doctoral Fellowship, 2004

Virginia Tech

Best Geotechnical Engineering Technical Presentation, 2002

Kleinfelder 16th Technical Training Seminar

Geotechnical Engineering Scholarship, 1987

Utah State University

Publications - Abstracts

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

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      Publications - Fact Sheets

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        Publications - Curriculum

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          Publications - Journal Articles

            Academic Journal

          • Boulware, L.L, Rice, J.D, A Method for Reliability-Based Assessment of Three-Dimensional Internal Erosion Potential Due to Geomorphic Features. ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
          • Rice, J.D, Swainston-Fleshman, M., (2014). Laboratory Modeling of the Mechanisms of Piping Erosion Initiation. ASCE, 140:6
          • Swainston-Fleshman, M., Rice, J.D, (2013). Constant Gradient Piping Test Apparatus for Evaluation of Critical Hydraulic Conditions for the Initiation of Piping. ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal, 36:6
          • Polanco, L., Rice, J.D, (2012). Reliability Based Underseepage Analysis in Levees Using a Response Surface-Monte Carlo Simulation. ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
          • Folkman, S.L, Rice, J.D, Sorenson, A., Braithwaite, N., (2012). Survey of Water Main Failures in the United States and Canada. AWWA Journal, 104:10, 70-79.
          • Rice, J.D, Duncan, M.J, (2010). Deformation and Cracking of Seepage Barriers in Dams due to Changes in the Pore Pressure Regime. ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 136:1, 16-25.
          • Rice, J.D, Duncan, M.J, (2010). Findings of Case Histories on the Long-Term Performance of Seepage Barriers in Dams. ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 136:1, 2-15. doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606-0000175
          • Professional Journal

          • Rice, J.D, Boulware-Polanco, L., (2014). A Reliability-Based Evaluation of the Effects of Geometry on Levee Underseepage Potential. Geotechnical and Geological Engineering Journal (Springer), 32:4

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          Publications - Literary Journal

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            Publications - MultiMedia

              Powerpoint

            • Rice, J.D, (2015). Research on Seepage Control Barriers and Geosynthetics.. Fabricated Geomembrane Institute Seminar- Current Advances & Trends in Containment Technology, *

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            Publications - Technical Reports

              Research Reports

            • Rice, J.D, Duncan, M.J, (2008). A Study on the Long-Term Performance of Seepage Barriers in Dams. Virginia Tech Center for Geotechnical Practice and Research Publication No. 49

            * Has not been peer reviewed

            Publications - Translations & Transcripts

              Publications - Other

                Bulletins

              • McCormick, W.V, Rice, J.D, (2002). Rio Nido Landslide, Sonoma County, California: Engineering Geology and Emergency Response. Engineering Geology Practice in Northern California, CGS Bulletin 210/AEG Special Publication 12
              • Newsletter

              • Rice, J.D, (2006). Long-Term Performance of Seepage Barriers. United States Society on Dams Newsletter

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              Scheduled Teaching

              CEE 5350, 6350 - Foundation Analysis and Design, Fall 2017

              CEE 6930 - Special Problems, Fall 2017

              CEE 6330 - Ground Reinforcement, Improvement and Treatment, Spring 2017

              CEE 6300 - Earth Structures, Fall 2016

              CEE 5350, 6350 - Foundation Analysis and Design, Fall 2016

              CEE 6360 - Geotechnical Principles, Spring 2016

              CEE 5350, 6350 - Foundation Analysis and Design, Fall 2015

              CEE 6330 - Ground Reinforcement, Improvement and Treatment, Fall 2015

              CEE 6300 - Earth Structures, Spring 2015

              CEE 5350,6350 - Foundation Analysis and Design, Fall 2014

              CEE 6330 - Ground Reinforcement, Improvement and Treatment, Fall 2014

              CEE 6300 - Earth Structures, Spring 2014

              CEE 6330 - Ground Reinforcement, Improvement and Treatment, Fall 2013

              CEE 6300 - Earth Structures, Spring 2013

              CEE 5350,6350 - Foundation Analysis and Design, Fall 2012

              CEE 6330 - Ground Reinforcement, Improvement and Treatment, Fall 2012

              CEE 6930 - Special Problems, Fall 2012

              CEE 6300 - Earth Structures, Spring 2012

              CEE 6330 - Ground Reinforcement, Improvement and Treatment, Fall 2011

              CEE 6300 - EARTH STRUCTURES, Spring 2011

              CEE 6330 - Ground Reinforcement, Improvement and Treatment, Fall 2010


              Graduate Students Mentored

              Ibriham ahmed, Civil & Environmental Engineering, January 2017
              Jenn Ostrowski, Civil & Environmental Engineering, August 2016
              Jenifer Ostrowsky, Civil & Environmental Engineering, January 2015
              Ibrahem Ahmed, Civil & Environmental Engineering, June 2014
              Tomsen Reed, Civil & Environmental Engineering, January 2014
              Jorge Peralta, Civil & Environmental Engineering
              Lourdes Polanco, Civil & Environmental Engineering
              Richard Keiser, Civil & Environmental Engineering - December 2014
              Brandon Attasiano, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2013
              Jacob Ericson, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2013
              Tammy Jacobsen, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2013
              Tyler Coy, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2013
              Joe Zaleski, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2013
              Nathan Braithwaite, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2013
              Mandie Swainston, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2012
              Brent Randall, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2010
              Isaac Stevens, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2010
              Ryan Van Leuven, Brent Randall, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2010
              Jake Smith, Civil & Environmental Engineering, August 2009 - July 2010
              Justin Whitmere, Civil & Environmental Engineering, August 2009 - July 2010
              Lekan Olarunsola, Jake Smith, Civil & Environmental Engineering, August 2009 - July 2010
              Lourdes Polanco, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2009
              Scott Murphy, Civil & Environmental Engineering, August 2008 - July 2009