James Kaklamanos

Academic Title

  • Associate Professor, Civil Engineering

Additional Titles

  • Zampell Family Faculty Fellow

Administrative Support

  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Engineering Seismology
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Site Response

I specialize in geotechnical engineering, which concerns the behavior of earth materials and their effects on the built environment. My primary area of research focuses on the prediction of earthquake-induced ground motion, an important component of any seismic hazard analysis. With improved methods of assessing earthquake hazards, engineers will be better able to design earthquake-resistant structures, and ultimately reduce the loss of life and property during earthquakes. My projects have involved statistical and theoretical modeling in site response analyses and ground-motion prediction equations, and require a balance between data-driven statistics and attention to the underlying physics of the models. At the local and national levels, I am involved in the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Seismological Society of America and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.

  • Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering Tufts University
  • M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering Tufts University
  • B.S.C.E. Civil Engineering Tufts University
  • Earthquake Ground Motion Prediction Equations
  • Evaluation and Improvement of Earthquake Site Response Models
  • Geotechnical Engineering Education
  • Uncertainty in Earthquake Engineering
  • (CEN 3020) Geotechnical Engineering
  • (CEN 5020) Foundation Engineering
  • (CEN 5022) Earth Slopes and Retaining Structures
  • (CEN 5024) Seismological and Geotechnical Aspects of Earthquakes
  • (GEN 2012) Mechanics of Materials (Mechanics II)
  • (MTH 1505) Applied Statistics and Probability for Engineers

Journal Articles

Kaklamanos, J., and B. A. Bradley (2018). “Challenges in Predicting Seismic Site Response with 1D Analyses: Conclusions from 114 KiK-net Vertical Seismometer Arrays,” Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, in press.

Baise, L. G., J. Kaklamanos, B. M. Berry, and E. M. Thompson (2016). “Soil Amplification with a Strong Impedance Contrast: Boston, Massachusetts,” Engineering Geology, Vol. 202, pp. 1-13.

Kaklamanos, J., L. G. Baise, E. M. Thompson, and L. Dorfmann (2015). “Comparison of 1D Linear, Equivalent-Linear, and Nonlinear Site Response Models at Six KiK-net Validation Sites,” Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Vol. 69, pp. 207–219.

Kaklamanos, J., L. Dorfmann, and L. G. Baise (2015). “A Simple Approach to Site Response Modeling: The Overlay Concept,” Seismological Research Letters, Vol. 86, No. 2A, pp. 413-423.

Kaklamanos, J., B. A. Bradley, E. M. Thompson, and L. G. Baise (2013). “Critical Parameters Affecting Bias and Variability in Site Response Analyses Using KiK-net Downhole Array Data,” Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, Vol. 103, No. 3, pp. 1733–1749.

Papers in Conference Proceedings and Edited Books

Ghanat, S. T., J. Kaklamanos, C. Walton-Macaulay, S. I. Selvaraj, D. A. Saftner, C. Swan, and T. Kunberger (2018). “Assessing the Impact of Educational Factors on Conceptual Understanding of Geotechnical Engineering Topics,” American Society for Engineering Education 2018 Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, 24–27 June 2018.

Kaklamanos, J., and B. A. Bradley (2018). “Insights from KiK-net Data: What Input Parameters Should be Addressed to Improve Site Response Predictions?” Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics V: Seismic Hazard Analysis, Earthquake Ground Motions, and Regional-Scale Assessment, 10–13 June 2018, Austin, Texas, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Geotechnical Special Publication No. 291, S. J. Brandenberg and M. T. Manzari (eds.), pp. 454–464.

Ghanat, S. T., J. Kaklamanos, S. I. Selvaraj, C. Walton-Macaulay, and M. Sleep (2017). “Assessment of Students’ Prior Knowledge and Learning in an Undergraduate Foundation Engineering Course,” American Society for Engineering Education 2017 Annual Conference, Columbus, Ohio, 25-28 June 2017.

Cross, T. C., and J. Kaklamanos (2016). “Incorporating Natural Disasters into the Undergraduate Civil Engineering Curriculum: A Case Study Using Hurricane Katrina and the Oso Landslide,” Chapter 7 in “Planning for Community-based Disaster Resilience Worldwide: Learning from Case Studies in Six Continents,” A. Awotona (ed.), Routledge, London, 490 p.

Ghanat, S. T., J. Kaklamanos, K. Ziotopoulou, S. I. Selvaraj, and D. J. Fallon (2016). “A Multi-Institutional Study of Pre- and Post-Course Knowledge Surveys in Undergraduate Geotechnical Engineering Courses,” American Society for Engineering Education 2016 Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, 26–29 June 2016.

Kaklamanos, J., and K. T. Elmy (2016). “Development of a Geotechnical Engineering Software Package in R and Its Implementation in the Civil Engineering Curriculum,” Geotechnical and Structural Engineering Congress 2016, Phoenix, Arizona, 14-17 February 2016, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), C. Y. Chandran and M. I. Hoit (eds.), pp. 635–647.

Kaklamanos, J., and B. A. Bradley (2015). “Evaluation of 1D Nonlinear Total-Stress Site Response Model Performance at 114 KiK-net Downhole Array Sites,” Sixth International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2–4 November 2015.

  • Inaugural Zampell Family Faculty Fellowship, Merrimack College, 2018-2019.
  • Excellence in Civil Engineering Education New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2017.
  • Selected as one of the Top Ten New Faces of Civil Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2017.
  • Award of Excellence at the Professors’ Driven Pile Institute, Pile Driving Contractors Association, 2015.
  • ExCEEd Teaching Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2013.
  • Award for Outstanding Graduate Contributor to Engineering Education, Tufts University, 2010.