Professor’s Geotechnical Research Makes It Mark

Geotechnical expert Kristin Sample-Lord, PhD, PE, assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Geotechnical expert Kristin Sample-Lord, PhD, PE, assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Who: Kristin Sample-Lord, PhD, PE, assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering 

Expertise: Geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, specializing in:

  • Soil barrier systems for protection of human health and the environment
  • Green infrastructure for stormwater management
  • Innovative methods for laboratory testing of soil properties

Recent professional highlights: 

  • Received two $5,000 National Science Foundation seed grants—sub-awards from Syracuse University—to study geosynthetic clay liners and cyclic soil testing
  • Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering selected her article “Membrane Behavior of Unsaturated Sodium Bentonite” as the editor's choice for the January 2018
  • Her article “Apparatus for Measuring Coupled Membrane and Diffusion Behavior of Unsaturated Sodium Bentonite” was selected for special promotion in the February 2018 volume of CSA News Magazine
  • Three-year, $245,000 grant from the PA Department of Environmental Protection’s Growing Greener Program for "Impact of nutrient and fine sediment accumulation and distribution on stormwater rain garden performance”

New additions: Dr. Sample-Lord and her husband welcomed a new family member in February 2018. Vivian Leigh Lord joined big sister Ava (4).