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Civil Engineering

James Kaklamanos

Assistant Professor

Department of Civil Engineering

Jim Kaklamanos joined the faculty of the Department of Civil Engineering (formerly the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering) at Merrimack College in fall 2012. He earned his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University. He specializes in geotechnical engineering, which concerns the behavior of earth materials and their effects on the built environment. Jim’s primary area of research is geotechnical earthquake engineering, specifically on the improvement of models for predicting earthquake-induced ground motions. With a greater understanding of the levels of ground motion expected during earthquakes, engineers will be better able to design earthquake-resistant structures, and ultimately reduce the loss of life and property during earthquakes. His published work has included research on earthquake ground-motion prediction equations, site response analyses, uncertainty in earthquake engineering, and engineering education. For more information on his research, please visit Jim’s website:

In the engineering programs at Merrimack, Jim teaches courses in geotechnical engineering, foundation engineering, earth retaining structures, earthquake engineering, engineering mechanics, and engineering probability and statistics. Jim also serves as the faculty advisor to the Merrimack College chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). At the local and national levels, he is involved in the American Society of Civil Engineers, Seismological Society of America (SSA), and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI). Jim has been named as one of the 2017 Top Ten New Faces of Civil Engineering by ASCE, and he is a recipient of the ASCE ExCEEd New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award.  To learn more about Jim’s work, please view his video profile.


Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University
M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University
BSCE, Civil Engineering, Tufts University


CEN 3020    Geotechnical Engineering
CEN 3020L  Geotechnical Engineering Lab
CEN 5020    Foundation Engineering
CEN 5022    Earth Slopes and Retaining Structures
GEN 1001L  Introduction to Engineering Lab
GEN 2012    Mechanics of Materials (Mechanics II)
GEN 2012L  Mechanics of Materials Lab
GEN 6010    Earthquake Engineering
MTH 1505    Applied Statistics and Probability for Engineers