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Civil Engineering

James Kaklamanos

Assistant Professor

Department of Civil Engineering


2012: Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University 2010: M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University 2008: B.S.C.E., 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

Professional Experience

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. Jim completed his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University in Medford, Mass. He specializes in geotechnical engineering, which concerns the behavior of earth materials and their effects on the built environment.  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’s engineering consulting experience includes Haley & Aldrich, Inc., in Manchester, N.H.


Jim’s research focuses in the area of geotechnical earthquake engineering, specifically on the improvement of models for predicting earthquake-induced ground motions. With a greater understanding of the level 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, and uncertainty in earthquake engineering. For more information on his research, please visit Jim’s website:


Phone: 978-837-3401


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