Miguel Picornell, Ph.D., P.E.



Contact: 436 McNair Hall
               Email: mpicorne@ncat.edu
               Ph: (336) 285-3682
               Fax: (336) 334-7126


Ph.D. Texas A&M University 1985
M.E. Texas A&M University 1982
B.S. Madrid Polytechnic University, Spain 1969

Teaching Interest

CIEN 320 Geotechnical Engineering
CIEN 321 Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory
CIEN 520 Geotechnical Engineering II
CIEN 644 Finite Element Analysis I
CIEN 785 Statistics

Research Interest

Behavior of unsaturated soils and expansive clays, Physico-chemical properties of soils, Foundation Engineering, Geotechnical aspects of pavement design and rehabilitation, Geotechnical aspects of waste disposal, Applications of numerical methods in foundation engineering

Research Projects

  • “Acceptance Tests for Concrete Pavement” North Carolina Department of Transportation. $98,000 (July 2003-December 2004)

  • “Performance Monitoring of Tire-Chip Embankments” Texas Department of Transportation. $213,000 ( Jan 98 - Aug 2000)

Selected Publications

  • Kabir, A.N.S.M. and M. Picornell. 2003. Effect of Overburden Stresses on Soil Reclamation by Electroosmosis. In, Contaminated Sediments: Characterization, Evaluation, Mitigation/restoration, and Management Strategy Performance, ASTM STP 1442, J. Locat, R. Galvez-Clouthier, R. C. Chaney, and K. Demars, Eds., ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA 2003.

  • Pezo, R., M. Picornell and S. Nazarian. 1998. Evaluation of Strain Variation within a Triaxial Specimen Due to Ends-Effects. Transportation Research Record, Washington, D.C.

  • Mactutis, D., S. Nazarian and M. Picornell. 1998. Impact of Thaw Weakening on Properties of a Frost Susceptible Subgrade. Transportation Research Record, Washington, D.C.

  • Mactutis, J., S. Nazarian, and M. Picornell. 1998. Predicting Strength of Subgrades during Spring Thaw with Seismic Methods. In: Proceedings Ninth International Conference on Cold Regions Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, Duluth, Minnesota, September 1998.

  • Picornell, M. and B. Olague. 1997. Behavior of Soil Anchors under Dynamic Loads. Energy Week ‘97 Houston, TX, January 1997.