Edmund Medley, Ph.D., P.E., CEG, F.ASCE, has been named the 2009 Richard H. Jahns Distinguished Lecturer in Engineering Geology, by the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG) and the Engineering Geology Division of the Geological Society of America (GSA). The Jahns award was established in 1988 to commemorate Professor Richard H. Jahns (1915-1983), who had an influential and diverse career in academia, consulting and government. The intent of the partially-funded lectureship is to encourage student and professional awareness of engineering geology through a series of lectures presented across North America during the award year.
A Senior Consultant in the Oakland, California office of Geosyntec Consultants, Dr. Medley has over 30 years of unusually varied international experience in geotechnical and geological engineering consulting, mineral exploration prospecting, failure investigation, litigation testifying and research. He has consulted on major landslides, rockfall hazards, expansive/collapsing soils, tunnel failures, coastal erosion, sinkholes and other ground movements. He is licensed/registered/chartered as an engineer and geologist in the USA, Canada, and the United Kingdom and is affiliated with several international geosciences and engineering organizations, including the GSA and AEG. He was the San Francisco AEG Section Membership Committee Chairman between 1991 and 1993 and the San FranciscoSection Short Course Chairman between 1995 and 1996.
Dr. Medley earned his B. Appl. Science in Geological Engineering (1978) from the University of British Columbia, where he was also awarded the first Aro A. Aho Medal for academic excellence in Geological Engineering. His M.S. (1991) and Ph.D. (1994), both in Geotechnical Engineering, are from the University of California at Berkeley. In 1993, he was named AEG's Marliave Scholar for outstanding scholarship in Engineering Geology and Geological Engineering. Medley has presented over 150 professional and academic lectures, Short Courses and MCLE Credit courses and has contributed to about 50 technical writings, many describing his pioneering approaches to the engineering and geological characterization of bimrocks (block-in-matrix rocks), complex geological mixtures of rock and soil such as melanges, fault rocks and weathered rocks.
The titles of Dr. Medley's lectures are: The Least You Should Know About Characterizing Geological Chaos; The Comforts of Ignorance and the Benefits of Arrogance: Lessons of the Failure Kind for the Geopractitioner; Of Elephants, Earthquakes, Caves and Hot Rock - Recent Geological Engineering Adventures; Something to Chew on - Rock is More Nutritious than Dirt; An Introduction to the Use of Ground-Based Stereo Photography in Geopractice; Forensic Investigation of the Sea Cliff Incident, an Urban Catastrophe; and, Reflections and Snapshots from a 40 year Geo-Odyssey ("Shoot! This Has Been Delightful!)". Click here to view the abstracts of the lectures offered by Dr. Medley as part of this series.