Volgenau School of Engineering
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Laura Kosoglu

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  • 703-993-5319 (office)
  • Nguyen Engineering Building, 1300
    4400 University Drive, MS 6C1
    Fairfax, VA 22030

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Laura Kosoglu earned her PhD from Virginia Tech, where she studied factors that influence clay behavior for time-dependent processes such as secondary compression, shear deformation, and fault dynamics behavior as a National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Doctoral Fellow, and Marion Via Doctoral Fellow. Her work resulted in the development of a novel experimental method to measure the coefficient of friction between clay particles at the micro-scale using an Atomic Force Microscope. She has also conducted research at Virginia Tech on the use of geofoam for reducing lateral earth pressures on retaining walls. Kosoglu has geotechnical engineering consulting experience as well as industry experience in water resources engineering. Such work includes comprehensive planning studies to forecast future water demands, analyze source-of-supply issues, determine production and storage needs, and ensure compliance with future environmental regulations. Laura Kosoglu is the Associate Department Chair and Director of the Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering graduate program at the Volgenau School of Engineering.


PhD, Geotechnical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute

MS, Geotechnical Engineering, Lehigh University

BS, Civil Engineering, Lehigh University

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Faculty Rank: Associate Professor


2013 - 2016 : Designing Teaching: Scaling up the SIMPLE Design Framework for Interactive Teaching Development. Funded by National Science Foundation.

Research Interests

Geotechnical Engineering, Soil-Structure Interaction, Clay Surface Science and Clay Behavior, Environmental Geotechnics, Electrokinetics, Foundations

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