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Deborah Goodings

Professor and Associate Dean

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  • 703-933-1504 (office)
  • Nguyen Engineering Building, 2510
    4400 University Drive
    Fairfax, VA 22030

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Deborah J. Goodings is a professor of geotechnical engineering. She joined the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering in the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University in 2009 as the Dewberry Professor and chair of the Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering Department. She is currently serving a special appointment with the US National Science Foundation as the director of the Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation. At her prior appointment at the University of Maryland, Goodings launched and co-directed, with the School of Public Policy, the Master of

Engineering and Public Policy program and initiated and led the award-winning UMD student chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA.

Her career accomplishments have been recognized with awards from the Department of the Army (Outstanding Civilian Service Medal), the National Research Council’s Transportation Research Board (Fred Burggraf Award; and Emerita Member status), the U.S. Universities Council on Geotechnical Engineering Research (Distinguished Service Award), Professional Engineers Ontario (the Engineering Medal for Engineering Excellence), and the University of Maryland. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers; a Diplomate, Geotechnical Engineering, a registered professional engineer in Ontario, and a By-Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University.


PhD, Geotechnical Engineering, Cambridge University (1979)

BS, Civil Engineering, University of Toronto (1975)

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Faculty Rank: Professor


2006 - 2017 : GMUF090210 Civil & INF RASTRUCTURE Engineering. Funded by George Mason University Foundation.

2015 - 2016 : IPA. Funded by National Science Foundation.

Research Interests

Geotechnical Engineering