William J Likos

Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Graduate Program

Room: 2226
Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Ph: (608) 890-2662
Fax: (608) 262-5199
likos@wisc.edu

Primary Affiliation:
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Additional Affiliations:
Geological Engineering,


Education

  • PhD, Colorado School of Mines, 2000
  • MS, Tulane University, 1996
  • BS, Tulane University, 1994

Education

  • PhD, Colorado School of Mines, 2000
  • MS, Tulane University, 1996
  • BS, Tulane University, 1994

Research Interests

  • Unsaturated soil mechanics
  • Expansive clay behavior and applications
  • Laboratory characterization of soil mechanical, hydraulic, and thermal behavior
  • Pore-scale imaging and analysis
  • Field monitoring and instrumentation
  • Beneficial reuse of recycled materials, industrial by-products

Publications

Recent Publications:

 

  1. Likos, W.J. and Jaafar, R., 2014, “Laboratory fall cone testing of unsaturated sand, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0001143.
  2. Likos, W.J., 2014, “Modeling thermal conductivity dryout curves from soil-water characteristic curves,” Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 140(5), 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0001078, 04013056.
  3. Likos, W.J., 2014, “Pore-Scale Model for Thermal Conductivity of Unsaturated Sand,” Journal of Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, doi: 10.1007/s10706-014-9744-9.
  4. Likos, W.J., 2014, “Effective stress in unsaturated soil: Accounting for surface tension and interfacial area,” Vadose Zone Journal, doi:10.2136/vzj2013.05.0095.
  5. Jaafar, R. and Likos, W.J., 2014, “Pore-scale model for estimating saturated and unsaturated hydraulic conductivity from grain size distribution,” Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 140(2): 04013012(1-11).
  6. Likos, W.J., Lu, N., and Godt, J.W., 2014, “Hysteresis and uncertainty in soil-water retention curve parameters,” Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0001071, 04013050.
  7. Guo, J., Underwood, M.B., Likos, W.J., and Saffer, D.M., 2013, “Apparent overconsolidation of mudstones in the Kumano Basin of southwest Japan: implications for fluid pressure and fluid flow within a forearc setting,” Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 14(4):1023–1038. doi:10.1029/​2012GC004204.
  8. Likos, W.J. and Jaafar, R., 2013, “Pore-scale model for water retention and fluid microstructure of partially saturated coarse-grained soil,” Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 139(5): 724-737.
  9. Willson, C.S., Lu, N., and Likos, W.J., 2012, “Quantification of grain, pore, and fluid microstructure of unsaturated sand from X-ray computed tomography images,” Geotechnical Testing J., 35(6): 911-923.

Accomplishments

Norman Medal, ASCE, 2007 & 2014

Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize, ASCE, 2014

Editor’s Citation for Excellence in Review, Soil Science Society of America, Vadose Zone Journal, 2014

Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award, ASCE, 2005

Faculty Fellowship, University of Missouri, College of Engineering, 2004 – 2012

U.S. Department of Education, GAANN Fellowship, 2000

National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Traineeship, 1998-2000

Edna Bailey Sussman Award, Colorado School of Mines, 1999

McDermott Award, Tulane University, 1994

Emmett Franklin Bankston Award, Tulane University, 1993


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