Contact information:
University of California San Diego
Department of Structural Engineering
9500 Gilman Dr., SME 442J
La Jolla, CA 92093-0085 



(858) 822-2260 

John S. McCartney, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE

Professor and Department Chair 

University of California San Diego

Jacobs School of Engineering 

Department of Structural Engineering 

Research interests:
  • Fundamental Research
    • Unsaturated Soil Mechanics
    • Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical Behavior of Saturated and Unsaturated Soils 
    • Hydraulic and Mechanical Interaction between Unsaturated Soils and Geosynthetics
    • Shear Strength of Geosynthetic Clay Liner (GCL) Interfaces
  • Applied Research
    • Energy Geotechnics (Analysis and Design of Energy Piles, Heat Dissipation Embankments, Soil-Borehole Thermal Energy Storage Systems)
    • Thermal Soil Improvement (Thermal Drains)
    • Centrifuge Modeling of Geotechnical Systems involving Unsaturated Soils 
    • Design and Characterization of Alternative Landfill Cover Systems
    • Reliability Based Design in Geotechnical Engineering
  • SE 181: Geotechnical Engineering
  • SE 182: Foundation Engineering
  • SE 241: Advanced Soil Mechanics
  • SE 242: Advanced Foundation Engineering
  • SE 244: Numerical Methods in Geomechanics
  • SE 246: Unsaturated Soil Mechanics
  • SE 248: Engineering Properties of Soils