Emeritus Professor- Mississippi State University

Emeritus Professor- Mississippi State University

Oswald Rendon-herrero, P.E. Ph.D.

188 Cambridge Drive Starkville, MS 39759

About the Expert

I am a civil engineer in Starkville, MS, where I specialize in failure analysis of building foundations and other soil-related infrastructure and reconstruction of construction accidents (i.e. “geoforensics”). I have about 30 years of experience providing litigation support and expert witness testimony in Mississippi. I have worked on over 50 cases with attorneys in Mississippi. I have inspected and written engineering reports on over 800 constructed facilities for insurance companies and other clients. They include commercial and residential structures and transportation infrastructure (e.g. pavements and embankments). Common failure modes include settlement, sliding, and heaving of soils and cracking of diverse structural elements. My evaluations include the origin, cause, and responsibility for damages to constructed facilities. In the attachment (*) below, I provide my definition of what geoforensics involves, including some common causes for failure of constructed facilities. Also attached below is a brief summary of my qualifications, a brief biography, and my activities in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). In 2004, I retired from teaching geotechnical engineering and construction materials at Mississippi State University (1976 – 2004). At my retirement, I was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor in civil engineering. I am currently licensed in Mississippi (since about 1975). My licenses in New York (1967), Puerto Rico, and Tennessee are currently passive; I haven’t worked in those locations for many years. If required, I can reinstate my licenses in those states. I can also obtain licenses in most states by reciprocity.

Areas of Expertise

  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Geotechnical Engineering

Personal Achievements

Education

  • •Ph. D. Civil Engineering,
 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia l972.
  • •M.S.C.E. Civil Engineering,
 Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York 1968.
  • •B.S.C.E. Civil Engineering, Clarkson University, Potsdam, New York l965.
  • •A.A.S. Construction Technology, Knew York City Community College, Brooklyn, New York l957.
  • •Postdoctoral, Ford Senior Fellow, University of Rhode Island, Narragansett, Rhode Island 1981.
  • •Fulbright Fellow, Quito and Cuenca, Ecuador, 1984.

Licenses

  • Mississippi, 1975-present.

Organizations

  • Involved in geotechnical technology since 1957. Licensed civil engineer since 1967. Provided litigation support/expert testimony since 1967. Member, National Academy of Forensic Engineers (1983-present); Board Certified Diplomate, CESB. Member Technical Council on Forensic Engineering, ASCE (1983-present). Associate Editor, Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, ASCE. Diplomate, National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers, Member to 2008. Professor Emeritus (2004), Mississippi State University. Refereed publications (15). Citations in engineering textbooks (7).American Society of Civil Engineers
  • National Society of Professional Engineers
  • National Academy of Building Inspection Engineers (withdrew 2009)
  • Mississippi Engineer Society
  • National Academy of Forensic Engineers
  • Technical Council on Forensic Engineering
  • HONORARY SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP
  • Chi Epsilon Honorary Civil Engineering Society, 1965
  • Sigma Xi Honorary Scientific Society, 1972

Publications

  • REFEREED PUBLICATIONS IN JOURNALS, ETC.
  • J. of Performance of Constructed Facilities, ASCE (2011, 2000, 1994, 8/1993, 5/1993, 1992).
  • J. of Performance of Constructed Facilities, ASCE, 2011, Guest Editor of Special Topic Issue, Construction on Expansive Soils.
  • J. of Geotechnical Engineering Division, ASCE (1982, 1980).
  • J. of the Hydraulics Division, ASCE (1976, 1974).
  • J. of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers, NSPE (1988).
  • J. of Professional Issues in Engineering, ASCE (1992).
  • J. of Professional Activities, ASCE (1980, 1977, 1975).
  • Water Resources Research, American Geophysical Union (1978).
  • Proceedings of the 2nd Congress: Forensic Engineering, (Co-Editor) ASCE (2000).
  • Proceedings of the 1st Congress: Forensic Engineering, (Co-Editor) ASCE (1997).
  • Engineering Education Conference (1994).
  • International Symposium on Water Resources Systems (1980).
  • Joint US-USSR Seminar on Building Under Cold Climates and on Permafrost.
  • ASCE ACTIVITIES
  • CITATIONS IN ENGINEERING TEXTBOOKS
  • Construction Failures, 
 J. Feld and K.C. Carper, 2nd Ed., McGraw-Hill, New York, 1997.
  • Hydrologic Systems, 
 Rainfall-Runoff Modeling, Vijay P. Singh, Vol. I & II, Prentice Hall, 1998.
  • Principles of Geotechnical Engineering, 
 Braja M. Das, 3rd Edition, PWS Publishing, 1994; Sixth Edition, 2006.
  • Fundamentals of Geotechnical Engineering, Braja M. Das, Thomson, Second Edition, 2005.
  • Foundation Analysis and Design, 
 Joseph E. Bowles, McGraw-Hill, 4th Edition, 1988; Fifth Edition 1996.
  • Principles of Foundation Engineering, 
 Braja M. Das, 3rd Edition, PWS Publishing, 1994, 1995; Seventh Edition, 2011.
  • Physical and Geotechnical Properties of Soils, 
 Joseph E. Bowles, McGraw-Hill, 4th Edition, 1984.
  • Proceedings of the Fourth Conference on Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering, 
 American Society of Civil Engineers, 1971.
  • Soil Mechanics Laboratory Manual, 
 B. M. Das, Oxford Press, 7th Edition, 2009.

Percentage of time spent as expert

  • About 10 percent,%

Number of expert assignments / year

  • Soil Mechanics Laboratory Manual, 
 B. M. Das, Oxford Press, 7th Edition, 2009.

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