Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence Geotechnical Science and Engineering

Dr James Paul Hambleton


BCE, MS, PhD (Minnesota), EIT


  • 2010
    PhD, University of Minnesota
  • 2006
    MS, University of Minnesota
  • 2005
    BCE (High Distinction), University of Minnesota


  • 2014
    Named one of 10 New Faces in Civil Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers Watch the Interview
  • 2010
    National Science Foundation International Research Fellowship (offered, not accepted)
  • 2010
    Neville G. W. Cook Award for Innovative Research in Geomechanics, Minnesota
  • 2005
    Simon and Claire Benson Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Achievement, Minnesota


  • 2010
    Research Associate, Centre for Geotechnical and Materials Modelling, University of Newcastle
  • 2005
    Engineering and Design Intern, Barr Engineering Co., Minneapolis
  • 2005
    Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota
  • 2002
    Undergraduate Research Assistant, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota

Professional Activities

  • Chair, Newcastle Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society
  • Young Geotechnical Professional Representative, Newcastle Chapter of the Australian Geomechanics Society
  • Elected Member, Faculty Board, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle
  • Associate Member, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Reviewer for International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics
  • Reviewer for Computers and Geotechnics
  • Reviewer for Canadian Geotechnical Journal
  • Reviewer for Géotechnique
  • Reviewer for ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
  • Reviewer for Journal of Terramechanics
  • Reviewer for International Journal of Geomechanics
  • Reviewer for International Journal of Physical Modelling in Geotechnics
  • Reviewer for Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering
  • Reviewer for Journal of Aerospace Engineering
  • Reviewer for Journal of Applied Mechanics

Research Interests

  • Engineering/computational plasticity
  • Contact mechanics
  • Limit and shakedown analysis
  • Nonlinear finite element analysis
  • Geotechnical analysis
  • Soil-structure and soil-machine interaction