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Dr. David Arellano

Associate Professor, Civil Engineering

Phone
(901) 678-3272
Fax
(901) 678-3026
Office
Engineering Science Building, Room 112-A
Office Hours

OVERVIEW

Dr. David Arellano has been an assistant and associate professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Memphis since August 2005. Previously, he worked in private practice for nearly ten years for several geotechnical engineering consulting firms and performed geotechnical engineering studies for both commercial and residential projects that included planning and performing subsurface explorations; planning and performing laboratory testing; and performing analyses for slope stability, foundation design, earth retaining structure design, and site and soil improvement.

In addition to private practice, he was an officer in the Corps of Engineers in the U.S. Army Reserve for nearly 23 years and retired at the rank of Major. During his 23 years of military reserve service, he was involved in various construction projects to include projects in American Samoa, Panama, Jordan, Kenya, and Germany. He was deployed to Kuwait for 1 year as part of Operation Iraqi/Enduring Freedom from 2003 to 2004. Military projects involved providing engineer support to base camps supporting over 40,000 deployed soldiers. Dr. Arellano provided recommendations for base camp site selection, construction, maintenance, and repair, as well as base camp closure planning, execution, and oversight. He was responsible for managing engineer projects conducted by host nation contractors and theater engineer assets.

He obtained both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign. Dr. Arellano is a licensed Professional Engineer in Wisconsin (active) and Illinois (inactive).

Dr. Arellano's research focus areas are use of geofoam to improve ground conditions and natural hazard mitigation. He is an expert in geofoam usage as demonstrated by his over $690,000 of grant funding he has received to pursue geofoam related research, nearly 30 publications and reports, and nearly 40 conference, university, and industry presentations related to geofoam. He has received over $100,000 in grant funding related to his natural hazard mitigation focus area.

EDUCATION

• Ph.D., Civil Engineering (Geotechnical Engineering Concentration), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2005
• M.S., Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1998
• B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1986

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE AND APPOINTMENTS

• 2011 – present Associate Professor, University of Memphis, Department of Civil Engineering
• 2005 – 2011 Assistant Professor, University of Memphis, Department of Civil Engineering

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

• 1988 – 1996 Geotechnical Engineer and Assistant Office Manager, Testing Service Corporation, Carol Stream and Tinley Park, Illinois
• 1987 – 1988 Staff Engineer, Geotechnical/ Construction Materials Engineering, Law
Engineering, Columbia, Maryland
• 1986 – 1987 Civil Engineer, Bevins Consultants Incorporated, Chicago, Illinois

MILITARY SERVICE

• 2003 – 2004 Active Duty: Project Engineer, Operation Iraqi Freedom (Kuwait), U.S. Army
Facility Engineer Group, Facility Engineer Team 7
• 1982 – 2006 Reserve Duty: Officer (2nd Lieutenant through Major), U.S. Army Reserve, Corps
of Engineers

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

• Soil Mechanics (Undergraduate): Properties of soil and rock, including identification and classification, hydraulic properties, consolidation characteristics, and stress deformation-strength relationships. Three lecture hours. Three laboratory hours per week. 4 semester credit hours.
• Applied Soil Mechanics (Undergraduate & Graduate): Subsurface exploration, foundation types, foundation construction, selection of foundation type and basis of design, earth retaining structures, and slope stability. Three lecture hours per week. 3 semester credit hours.
• Foundation Analysis (Graduate): Analysis of footing, raft, pile, and pier foundations; analysis of earth pressures on retaining walls, rigid bulkheads, flexible bulkheads, and braced excavations. Three lecture hours per week. 3 semester credit hours.
• Foundation Engineering (Graduate): Critical study of foundation design of completed projects using case records; emphasis on failures and performance records. Three lecture hours per week. 3 semester credit hours.
• Shallow and Deep Foundations (Graduate): Analysis and design of footing, mat, pile, and drilled-shaft foundations. Three lecture hours. 3 semester credit hours.
• Earth Structures (Graduate): Analysis, design, and construction of earth dams, levees, embankments and slopes; soil stabilization; seepage, drainage, and flow nets. Three lecture hours. 3 semester credit hours.
• Slopes and Embankments (Graduate): Analysis, design, and construction of earth dams, levees, embankments and slopes; soil stabilization; seepage, drainage, and flow nets. Three lecture hours. 3 semester credit hours.
• Earth Retaining Structures (Graduate): Types of earth retaining structures. Retaining wall selection. Lateral earth pressure theories. Design of conventional, MSE, soil-nailed, and tied-back walls. Three lecture hours. 3 semester credit hours.
• Soil and Site Improvement (Graduate): Geotechnical construction methods used to alter and improve poor ground conditions in order that embankment and structure construction can meet project performance requirements, where soil replacement is not feasible for environmental or technical reasons, or it is too costly. Three lecture hours. 3 semester credit hours.
• Soil Dynamics (Graduate): Theory and measurements of dynamic properties of soils and their applications in seismic hazards assessments, earthquake engineering design, and geophysics studies. Three lecture hours. 3 semester credit hours.
• Professional Practice in Civil Engineering (Undergraduate): Elements of professional practice in civil engineering, including basic concepts of management, business, public policy, and leadership. Ethics, professionalism, and professional licensure. Two lecture hours per week. 2 semester credit hours.
• Civil Engineering Design (Undergraduate): Design of a civil engineering system. Establishment of design objectives and criteria; synthesis and computer assisted analysis of alternatives; selection of optimum system design; preparation of detailed system descriptions including design sketches and engineering drawings and reports. Taken in student's final semester. Two lecture hours. Two laboratory hours per week. 3 semester credit hours.
• Review of Engineer Fundamentals (Undergraduate): Review of general and civil engineering topics in preparation for taking the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering Exam. Six laboratory hours a week for seven weeks. 1 semester credit hour. Note: Provided the geotechnical engineering, construction, ethics, and professional practice review.
• Civil Engineering Project (Undergraduate): Independent investigation of a Civil Engineering problem in consultation with instructor. May be taken for a maximum of 3 hours credit toward graduation.

  • Undergraduate Project, Soring 2014, Mr. Besmir Zenelaku, Self-Study of Shallow Foundations

  • Undergraduate Independent Study, Spring 2013, Mr. Sam Jordan, Guidelines for Sustainable Infrastructure Design in Developing Nations

  • Undergraduate Project, Fall 2012, Mr. Darin P. Nelson, Design of Shallow Foundations Using Load Resistance and Factor Design (LRFD)

  • Undergraduate Independent Study, Spring 2011, Mr. Kevin D. Reynolds, Design of Crane Working Platforms

  • Undergraduate Independent Study, January 2008 to December 2009, Mr. Justin D. Lester, Geotechnical Characteristics of Memphis Loess

  • Undergraduate Independent Study, Spring 2007, 3 Hours, Mrs. Melanie Anderkin, The Loess Soil of Memphis, Tennessee: An Investigation into Loess Soil Classification and the Application of Load and Resistance Factor Design

  • Honors Thesis (Undergraduate): Under the direction of a faculty member, the student writes and defends a thesis based upon background reading and research on a topic in civil engineering. 3 semester credit hours.

  • Honors Thesis Committee Chair, May 2010, Mr. Navid Jafari, Mechanical and Hydraulic Behavior of Geosynthetic Aggregate Drainage Systems and the Effectiveness of Geofoam as a Compressible Inclusion over Flexible Pipe

  • M.S. Project and Report (Graduate): Independent study for students in non-thesis option program. Students demonstrate ability to pursue, complete, and report on project related to Civil Engineering practice. Written and oral report prepared for acceptance by faculty committee. Nine laboratory hours per week. 3 semester credit hours.

• Honors Thesis (Undergraduate): Under the direction of a faculty member, the student writes and defends a thesis based upon background reading and research on a topic in civil engineering. 3 semester credit hours.

  • Honors Thesis Committee Chair, May 2010, Mr. Navid Jafari, Mechanical and Hydraulic Behavior of Geosynthetic Aggregate Drainage Systems and the Effectiveness of Geofoam as a Compressible Inclusion over Flexible Pipe

• M.S. Project and Report (Graduate): Independent study for students in non-thesis option program. Students demonstrate ability to pursue, complete, and report on project related to Civil Engineering practice. Written and oral report prepared for acceptance by faculty committee. Nine laboratory hours per week. 3 semester credit hours.

  • M.S. Project and Report, April 2015, Mr. Nicholas A. Aleman, Bayou Meto, Canal 1000 Phase 1 Stations 22+70 to 72+50 Geotechnical Design Report and Report for Project Class CIVL 7993

  • M.S. Project and Report, May 2010, Mr. Nicholas J. Bidlack, Mellwod Arkansas, Levee Re-Evaluation

• M.S. Thesis (Graduate): 1-6 semester credit hours.

  • M.S. Thesis Committee, present, Mr. Sean Pezeshk,

  • Thesis Committee Chair, present, Mr. Luke J. Bailey, Comparison of the Measured and Predicted Shear Strength and Matric Suction of Unsaturated Memphis Loess

  • M.S. Thesis Committee, May 2014, Mr. Gregory Taylor Stinson, Maximum Collapse Potential of Remolded West Tennessee Loess

  • M.S. Thesis Committee, August 2012, Mr. Duncan B. Adrian, The Collapse Behavior of Compacted West Tennessee Loess

  • M.S. Thesis Committee, May 2009, Mr. Andrew Kizzee, Empirical Relationships To Estimate Shear-Wave Velocity Profiles From SPT Information In The New Madrid Seismic Zone

  • Thesis Committee Chair, August 2009, Mr. John B. Tatum, Design of EPS-Block Geofoam Fills for Slope Stabilization

• Ph.D. Dissertation (Graduate): 1-12 semester credit hours.

  • Doctoral Dissertation Committee, present, Mr. Farid Hosseinpour, Loss estimation and methods of retrofit for RC structures prone to earthquake sequences

  • Doctoral Dissertation Committee Chair, August 2015, Mr. Chuanqi Wang, Characterizing, Testing, and Modeling the Mechanical Properties of Recycled-Content Expanded Polystyrene-Block Geofoam

  • Doctoral Dissertation Committee Chair, August 2013, Mr. Masood Hassanzahed, Seismic Stability Analysis of Landslides Stabilized with Expanded Polystyrene (EPS)-Block Geofoam

  • Doctoral Dissertation Committee, May 2013, Mr. Mojtaba Malek, Statistical Study of Ground motion amplification in the Mississippi embayment

  • Doctoral Dissertation Committee, May 2010, Mr. Scott Stovall, An Improved Method for the Identification and Inversion of Multi-Mode Rayleigh Surface Wave Dispersion Collected From Non-Uniform Arrays Utilizing a Moving Source Approach

  • Doctoral Dissertation Committee, December 2009, Mr. Ali Shahbazien, Spectrum Matching of Recorded Ground Motions with Improved Velocity and Displacement Time Histories in Frequency Space

• Seminar in Geology (Graduate): Provided geotechnical engineering subsurface exploration portion of the seminar. 3 semester credit hours.

PUBLICATIONS

Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications
Neupane, R., Bartlett, S.F., Arellano, D., Farnsworth, C.B. (2015). "Dynamic Deflection Monitoring of EPS Embankment Supporting Railway Systems," Geotextiles and Geomembranes, Elsevier Ltd, (Submitted & in review for publication consideration).

A. Tolga Özer, Onur Akay, Garey A. Fox, Steven F. Bartlett, David Arellano (2014). "A new method for remediation of sandy slopes susceptible to seepage flow using EPS-block geofoam," Geotextiles and Geomembranes, Elsevier Ltd, 42, pp. 166-180.

Onur Akay, A. Tolga Özer, Garey A. Fox, Steven F. Bartlett, David Arellano (2013). "Behavior of sandy slopes remediated by EPS-block geofoam under seepage flow," Geotextiles and Geomembranes, Elsevier Ltd, 37, pp. 81-98.

Van Arsdale, R.B., Arellano, D., Stevens, K.C., Hill, A.A., Lester, J.D., Parks, A.G., Csontos, R.M., Rapino, M.A., Deen, T.S., Woolery, E.W., Harris, J.B. (2012). "Geology, Geotechnical Engineering, and Natural Hazards of Memphis, Tennessee, USA," Environmental & Engineering Geoscience, Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists and Geological Society of America, Vol. XVIII, No. 2, May 2012, pp. 113-158.

Arellano, D., Tatum, J.B., Stark, T.D., Horvath, J.S., Leshchinsky, D. (2010). "A Framework for the Design Guideline for EPS-Block Geofoam in Slope Stabilization and Repair," Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, Washington D.C., No. 2170, pp.100-108.

Stark, T.D., Arellano, D., Hillman, R.P., Hughes, R.M., Joyal, N., and Hillebrandt, D. (2005). "Investigating and Diagnosing a Deep-Seated Landslide," Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, ASCE, Vol. 19, No. 3, August, pp. 244-255.

Stark, T.D., Arellano, D., Evans, W.D., Wilson, V.L., and Gonda, J.M. (1998). "Unreinforced Geosynthetic Clay Liner Case History," Geosynthetics International Journal, IFAI, Vol. 5, No.5, pp. 521-544.

Peer-Reviewed Conference Publications

Wang, C., Arellano, D., Meier, R.W. (2016). Creep Behavior of Recycled-Content Expanded Polystyrene Geofoam Under Compressive Loading, Proceedings of Geo-Chicago 2016: Sustainability, Energy and the Geoenvironment, To be held August 14-18, 2016 (Accepted for publication and presentation).

Ashraf Elsayed, Craig Kaibel, Ian Engstrom, David Arellano. (2015). "High-Strain Dynamic Pile Testing for the I-40/I-240 Interchange in Memphis, Tennessee," International Foundations Congress and Equipment EXPO (IFCEE), March 17-21, 2015, San Antonio, Texas, ASCE, Reston, VA, pp. 1006-1020.

Bartlett, S., Arellano, D., Vaslestad, J., and Ahmed, T. (2014). "Bridge foundations supported by EPS geofoam embankments on soft soil," Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Geosynthetics, September 21-25, 2014, Berlin, Germany.

Wang, C., Arellano, D. (2014). "Are the mechanical properties of recycled-content expanded polystyrene (EPS) comparable to non-recycled EPS geofoam?" Proceedings of the 2014 Geo-Congress, Geo-Characterization and Modeling for Sustainability, Atlanta, GA, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 234 and 235, ASCE.

Kafash, M.H., Arellano, D., D., Hosseini, S.M., Pezeshk, S., (2013). "Feasibility of MASW (Multi-Channel Analysis of Surface Waves) for Evaluating the Dynamic Properties of Geofoam," Proceedings of Geosynthetics 2013, Long Beach, CA. April 1-3, 2013.

Wang, C., Arellano, D., Ladely, L., and Koerner, D.W. (2013). "Preliminary Assessment of the Mechanical Properties of Recycled-Content Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Block Geofoam," Proceedings of Geosynthetics 2013, Long Beach, CA, April 1-3, 2013.

Kafash, M.H. and Arellano, D. (2013). "Seismic Stability Analysis of Slopes Stabilized with EPS-Block Geofoam," Proceedings of the 2013 GeoCongress: Stability and Performance of Slopes and Embankments III, San Diego, CA, March 3-7, 2013, Edited by C.L. Meehan, D. Pradel, M.A. Pando, J.F. Labuz, Geotechnical Special Publication No. 231, ASCE, Reston, VA, p. 1736-1739.

Arellano, D., Stark, T.D., Horvath, J.S., Leshinsky, D., Kafash, M.H., Wang, C. (2011). "Overview of NCHRP Design Guideline for EPS-Block Geofoam in Slope Stabilization," Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on the use of Geofoam Blocks in Construction Applications, EPS 2011 Norway, June 5-8, 2011.

Arellano, D. (2010). "Preliminary Design Procedure for EPS-Block Geofoam Lightweight Fill in Levees Overlying Soft Ground," Proceedings of the Association of State Dam Safety Officials 2010 Dam Safety Conference, September 19-23, 2010, Seattle, Washington.

Arellano, D. and Stark, T.D. (2009). "Load Bearing Analysis of EPS-Block Geofoam Embankments," Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Bearing Capacity of Roads, Railways and Airfields, E. Tutumluer & I.L. Al-Qadi (eds), CRC Press/Balkema, The Netherlands, Vol. 2, pp. 981-990.

Arellano, D., Zarrabi, M., Jafari, N.H., and Bailey, L.J. (2009). "Geosynthetic Aggregate Drainage Systems: Preliminary Large-Scale Laboratory Test Results for Expanded Recycled Polystyrene," Proceedings of the Geosynthetics 2009 & GRI-22 Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah (CD-ROM), February 25-27, 2009, IFAI, Roseville, MN.

Arellano, D. (2007). "Consideration of Differential Icing Conditions in the Design of Pavement Systems Overlying Geofoam Lightweight Fills," Compendium of Papers of the TRB 86th Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., January 21-25, (CD-ROM).

Arellano, D. and Stark, T.D. (2000). "Importance of Three-Dimensional Slope Stability in Practice," Slope Stability 2000, Proceedings of Sessions of Geo-Denver 2000: August 5-8, 2000, ASCE, Reston, VA, pp. 18-32.

Project Reports


Cramer H., Patterson, G, Arellano, D. (2015). "Updating Liquefaction Probability Curves, Seismic Hazard Model, and Urban Seismic Hazard Maps with Public Outreach for Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee, Final Technical Report U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Award Number G14AP00099, USGS, Department of Interior.

Arellano, D., Bartlett, S.F., Neupane, R., Li, S. (2015). "Preliminary Evaluation of Geofoam for Support of Freight Rail Tracks," The Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute (IFTI).

Arellano, D., Guy, M. (2014). "Lochnevin Dam Draft Operations & Maintenance Manual for Review & Comments," Prepared for Scenic Hills Neighborhood Association Dam Maintenance Ad Hoc Committee.

Arellano, D., Stark, T.D., Horvath, J.S., Leshchinsky, D. (2013). "Guidelines for Geofoam Applications in Slope Stability Projects." NCHRP Research Results Digest 38, Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., 26 pp. Available at http://www.trb.org/main/blurbs/168692.aspx.

Stark, T.D., Bartlett, S.F., and Arellano, D. (2012). "Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Geofoam Applications & Technical Data", The EPS Industry Alliance, Crofton, MD. Available at http://www.geofoam.com/downloads/brochure/EPS%20Geofoam%20Applications%20&%20Technical%20Data.pdf.

Arellano, D., Stark, T.D., Horvath, J.S., Leshchinsky, D. (2011). "Guidelines for Geofoam Applications in Slope Stability Projects." NCHRP Project 24-11(02) Final Report, Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., 602 pp. Available at http://onlinepubs.trb.org/onlinepubs/nchrp/docs/NCHRP24-11(02)_FR.pdf .

Elsayed, A., Pezeshk, S., Arellano, D. (2011). "Geotechnical Seismic Manual," Draft report prepared for Tennessee Department of Transportation, Division of Materials and Tests, Geotechnical Section.

Stark, T.D., Arellano, D., Horvath, J.S., and Leshchinsky, D. (2004). "NCHRP Report 529: Guideline and Recommended Standard for Geofoam Applications in Highway Embankments," Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., 71 pp. Available at http://trb.org/publications/nchrp/nchrp_rpt_529.pdf .

Stark, T.D., Arellano, D., Horvath, J.S., and Leshchinsky, D. (2004). "NCHRP Web Document 65 (Project 24-11): Geofoam Applications in the Design and Construction of Highway Embankments," Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., 792 pp. Available at http://trb.org/publications/nchrp/nchrp_w65.pdf

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Arellano, D. and Anderkin, M.R. (2008). "Preliminary Loess Undrained Shear Strength Resistance Factors for Use in Load and Resistance Factor Design," Proceedings of the 41st Annual Symposium on Geological Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering, (CD-ROM), T. Weaver and S. Sharma (eds), Boise, Idaho, April 9-11, 2008.

Arellano, D., Aabøe, R., and Stark, T.D. (2001). "Comparison of Existing EPS-Block Geofoam Creep Models with Field Measurements," Proceedings of EPS Geofoam 2001 3rd International Conference: December 10-12, 2001, Salt Lake City, Utah (CD-ROM), Geofoam Research Center, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.

Arellano, D. and Stark, T.D. (2001). "Overview of the NCHRP Project Provisional Specification," Proceedings of EPS Geofoam 2001 3rd International Conference: December 10-12, 2001, Salt Lake City, Utah (CD-ROM), Geofoam Research Center, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.

PRESENTATIONS


Conferences (Oral & Poster)

• Dhar, M., Cramer, C.H., Arellano, D., "Updated Memphis Area Urban Seismic and Liquefaction Hazard Maps," 2015 Eastern Section- Seismological Society of America Annual Meeting, October 7, 2015, Memphis, TN (POSTER).
• Dhar, M., Cramer, C.H., Arellano, D., "Updating the Memphis Area Urban Seismic and Liquefaction Hazard Maps," 2015 Seismological Society of America Annual Meeting, April 23, 2015, Pasadena, California, [abstract: SRL 86:2B, p. 713] Available at http://www.seismosoc.org/meetings/ssa2015/abstracts/ (POSTER)
Arellano, D., Kafash M.H., "Seismic Stability Analysis of Slopes Stabilized with Expanded Polystyrene Block Geofoam," Presented at the 2013 ASCE Tennessee Section Annual Meeting, Murfreesboro, TN, September 13, 2013.
• Kafash, M.H, Arellano, D., "Pseudo Dynamic Seismic Analysis of EPS Geofoam Embankments Used in Slope Stabilization and Repair," Annual Meeting of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), Feb. 12-15, 2013, Seattle, Washington (POSTER).
• Kafash, M.H, Arellano, D., Hosseini, S.M., Pezeshk, S., "Evaluation the Large Scale Dynamic Properties of EPS Geofoam Material," USUCGER First Early Career Geotechnical Engineering Conference, July 8, 2012, Boston, MA (POSTER).
• Kafash, M.H, Arellano, D., "A Practical Design Example of Seismic Stability Analysis of Landslides Stabilized with Expanded Polystyrene (EPS)-Block Geofoam," Annual Meeting of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), 2012 (POSTER).
• Kafash, M.H, Arellano, D., "A Framework for Seismic Stability Analysis of Landslides Stabilized with Expanded Polystyrene (EPS)-Block Geofoam," Annual Meeting of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), February 9-12, 2011, San Diego, California (POSTER).
• "Overview of NCHRP Design Guideline for EPS-Block Geofoam in Slope Stabilization," Presented at the 4th International Conference on the use of Geofoam Blocks in Construction Applications, EPS 2011 Norway, June 5-8, 2011.
• "Preliminary Design Procedure for EPS-Block Geofoam Lightweight Fill in Levees Overlying Soft Ground," Presented at the Association of State Dam Safety Officials 2010 Dam Safety Conference, September 19-23, 2010, Seattle, Washington.
• "A Pilot Study Utilizing One-Dimensional Consolidation Tests to Estimate the Original Thickness of the Upland Complex in Desoto County, Mississippi," Markin, J.K., Arellano, D., Van Arsdale, R.B., Tatum, J. B., Presented at the North-Central Section and South-Central Section 44th Annual Joint Meeting, April 13, 2010, Branson, MO, The Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 42, No. 2., p. 100 (POSTER).
• "Importance of Three-Dimensional Slope Stability in Practice," Presented at the Geo-Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers Geo-Denver Conference, Denver, CO, August 6, 2000.
• "A Framework for the Design Guideline for EPS-Block Geofoam in Slope Stabilization and Repair," Presented at the 89th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., January 12, 2010.
• "Lightweight Fill for Slope Stabilization and Repair," Presented at the ASCE Tennessee Section 22nd Annual Meeting, Smyrna, TN, October 2, 2009.
• "Load Bearing Analysis of EPS-Block Geofoam Embankments," Arellano, D., Stark, T.D., Presented at the 8th International Conference on Bearing Capacity of Roads, Railways and Airfields, Champaign, Illinois, June 29-July 2, 2009.
• "Geosynthetic Aggregate Drainage Systems: Preliminary Large-Scale Laboratory Test Results for Expanded Recycled Polystyrene," Arellano, D., Zarrabi, M., Jafari, N.H., Bailey, L.J., Presented at Geosynthetics 2009, Salt Lake City, Utah, February 25-27, 2009.
• "Consideration of Differential Icing Conditions in the Design of Pavement Systems Overlying Geofoam Lightweight Fills," Presented at the Transportation Research Board 86th Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., January 24, 2007.
• "Lightweight Fill Applications in Road Embankments," Presented at ASCE Tennessee Section 19th Annual Meeting, Smyrna, TN, October 13, 2006.

Universities & Industry & Workshops

• "Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Geofoam in Transportation Applications, Department of Transport Ministry, Delhi, India, October 16, 2015.
• "Geofoam Basic Concepts & Applications," Presented as part of EPS Geofoam in Transportation Applications, Central Road Research Institute (CRRI), Delhi, India, October 15, 2015.
• "Geofoam Basic Concepts & Applications," Presented as part of EPS Geofoam in Transportation Applications, Mumbai, India, October 12, 2015.
• "Promoting EPS Geofoam Technology for Civil Engineering Applications," Presented at Supreme Petrochem Ltd., Mumbai, India, October 11, 2015.
• "Geotechnical Scope: Updating Liquefaction Probability Curves," Presented at the Memphis Area Earthquake Hazards Mapping Project Workshop, Memphis, TN, July 28, 2015.
• "Geofoam Use in Residential Development Projects: Basic Concepts & Applications," Presented as part of Future House Lab Seminar, Aula Aguascalientes, Mexico, June 16, 2015.
• "Geofoam Basic Concepts & Applications," Presented as part of Geofoam Seminar, Mexico City, Mexico, February 14, 2015.
• "Implementing EPS Geofoam Technology for Civil Engineering Applications," Presented at the XI Seminario Internacional de EPS, Budapest, Hungary, September 8, 2014.
• "Proyectos de Ingeniería Civil," Presented at the Ministerio de Transporte y Obras Públicas, Quito, Ecuador, June 26, 2014.
• "EPS Geofoam: Current & Future Trends in Infrastructure Projects," Presented at the Kurtz Ersa 3rd Educational Seminar for the Americas, Cancún, México, May 22, 2014.
• "EPS Geofoam: Current & Future Trends in Infrastructure Projects," Presented at the EPS EXPO 2014, San Antonio, TX, March 13, 2014.
• "Poliestireno Expandido," Presented to Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT) and Caminos y Puentes Federales de Ingresos y Servicios Conexos (CAPUFE), Mexico City, Mexico, February 18, 2014.
• "Poliestireno Expandido," Presented to Secretaria de Comunicaciones y Transportes (SCT) and Caminos y Puentes Federales de Ingresos y Servicios Conexos (CAPUFE), Tijuana, Mexico, February 19, 2014.
• "Curso de Uso de Geo Espumas en Ingenieria Geotecnica," Presented at the Universidad Nacional de Loja, Loja, Ecuador, February 7, 2014.
• Invited by Federal Highway Administration Office of Technical Services-Resource Center to participate in a peer to peer technology meeting about green initiatives in transportation during the 89th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., January 12, 2010.
• "Lightweight Fill in Road Embankments," Presented to employees of Askew Hargraves Harcourt & Associates, Inc., January 6, 2010.
• "Advancements and Developments," Invited presenter to the National Highway Institute Web Conference titled Advancements in EPS Geofoam for Transportation Applications, October 7, 2009.
• "Use of Expanded-Polystyrene (EPS) Block Geofoam for the Lightweight Fill Function for Levees," Presented to the New Orleans District of the Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans, LA, October 24, 2008.
• "Lightweight Fill Materials for Road Embankment Projects," Presented to The University of Memphis Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Institute of Transportation Engineers, October 31, 2007.
• "Lightweight Fill Applications in Road Embankments," Presented as part of the Geotechnical Engineering Seminar at the University of Missouri-Rolla, October 5, 2007.
• "Introduction to Geosynthetic Gravel (GSG) for Drainage Applications," Presented to the Ring Industrial Group Sales Meeting, Memphis, TN, May 15, 2007.
• "Guidelines for Geofoam Applications in Embankment Projects NCHRP Project No. 24-11," Presented to the Transportation Research Board Committee on Transportation Earthworks (A2K02), January 13, 2003.
• "Lightweight Fill Materials for Road Embankment Projects," Presented to the Illinois Valley Branch and Bradley University Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, March 13, 2002.
• "Lightweight Fill Materials for Road Embankment Projects," Presented to the Illini Post of the Society of American Military Engineers, August 21, 2001.