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Thomas C. Sheahan

Senior Vice Provost for Curriculum and Programs Professor,  Civil and Environmental Engineering
Training Core Leader,  PROTECT Center

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  • 617.373.3995

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Research Focus

Soft ground engineering, coastal adaptation, education and training for engineers and scientists

Education

  • Sc.D., Civil Engineering, M.I.T., 1991
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, M.I.T., 1988
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Union College, 1981

Licensure

  • Professional Engineer: California and Massachusetts

Honors & Awards

  • 2011 “Students Speak” Teaching Award
  • 2009 Northeastern College of Engineering Dean’s Meritorious Service Award
  • 2009 ASTM Committee D-18, Special Service Award
  • 2008 ASTM Committee on Publications, Certificate of Appreciation
  • 2007 Tau Beta Pi National Capers and Marion McDonald Mentoring Award
  • 2006 Transportation Research Board, Certificate of Appreciation
  • 2004 Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • 2003-2005, 2007-2009 ASCE student chapter co-advisor, National Certificates of Commendation
  • 2003 ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Eng’g Certificate of Appreciation
  • 2001 ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Eng’g Editorial Board Member Exemplary Service Award
  • 2001 Bright Idea Award, Professional Organizational and Development Network in Higher Education (for Jonas Chalk columns)
  • 1999-2003 Member, Master Teacher Team, G.E. Fund Learning Excellence Initiative
  • 1997 Northeastern College of Engineering Teaching Award
  • 1986-1989 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship
  • 1984 Dept. of Defense Joint Service Commendation Medal
  • 1984 Member, unit receiving Dept. of the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal

Professional Affiliations

  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
  • ADSC: The International Association of Foundation Drilling
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • American Society for Testing and Materials
  • Chi Epsilon, Civil Engineering Honor Society
  • Sigma Xi, Research Honor Society
  • Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society
  • Transportation Research Board

Research Overview

Soft ground engineering, coastal adaptation, education and training for engineers and scientists

Selected Publications

  • D. Meric, F. Hellweger, A.N. Alshawabkeh, T.C. Sheahan, Nonlinear Nonequilibrium One-Dimensional Large-Strain Consolidation-Coupled Contaminant Transport Model of Capped Sediments, American Society of Civil Engineers Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Enggineering, 143(8), 2017
  • S. Barbuto, T.C. Sheahan, J.P. Shine, A. Alshawabkeh, et al., Benchscale Assessment of the Efficacy of a Reactive Core Mat to Isolate PAH-spiked Aquatic Sediments, Soil and Sediment Contamination: An International Journal, 23(1), 2014
  • D. Meric, A.N. Alshawabkeh, J.P. Shine, T.C. Sheahan, Bioavailability of Hydrophobic Organic Compounds in Thin-Layered Sediments, Chemosphere, 103, 2014, 281-289
  • M.A. Kenney, E. Hamin, T.C. Sheahan, Reconceptualizing the Role of Infrastructure in Resilience, EOS Meeting Report, 95(33), 2014
  • D. Cheney, L. Rajicb, E. Sly, D. Meric, T.C. Sheahan, Uptake of PCBs Contained in Marine Sediments by the Green Macroalga Ulva Rigida, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 88(1-2), 2014, 207-214

Faculty

Apr 29, 2019

Faculty and Staff Awards 2019

Congratulations to all the winners of the faculty and staff awards, and to everyone for their hard work and dedication during the 2018-2019 academic school year. See Full Photo Gallery Faculty Fellow Matthew Eckleman, CEE Yongmin Liu, MIE Outstanding Teacher of First Year Engineering Students Joseph Depasquale, Chemistry Brian O’Connell, FYE Sumi Seo, Mathematics Matthew […]

Faculty

Sep 12, 2018

$13.2M NIH Award for Environmental Influences of Child Health Outcomes in Puerto Rico

CEE Professor Akram Alshawabkeh has been awarded $13.2M over five years from the National Institutes of Health to lead a renewal of the multi-institutional and interdisciplinary research project, entitled, “Environmental Influences of Child Health Outcomes in Puerto Rico (ECHO-PRO).

Undergraduate

Oct 20, 2015

Parent/Family Night 2015

Parent/Family night was a success on Friday October 16, 2015 where students, families, faculty, and staff all came together in the Snell Engineering building. Some highlights include touring engineering classrooms, visiting student services, enjoying festive fall refreshments, taking photos at the photobooth, and meeting some First Year Engineering faculty members.                    […]

Sep 30, 2015

SAGE featured in ASCE Civil Engineering

CEE Professor Thomas Sheahan and his colleagues in Sustainable Adaptive Gradients in the Coastal Environment (SAGE) were featured in the ASCE Civil Engineering Magazine for "Coastal Protection Efforts to Benefit From Research Network, ‘Living Shoreline’ Database".

Undergraduate

Oct 27, 2014

Parents Night 2014

Parents night was a success on Friday October 24, 2014 where students, parents, faculty and staff all came together in the Snell Engineering building. Some highlights include touring engineering classrooms, visiting student services, enjoying festive fall refreshments, taking photos at the photobooth, and meeting some First Year Engineering faculty members.                […]

Mar 28, 2014

Learning from Tragedy

After the recent landslide in Washington, CIV professor & Senior Associate Dean Thomas Sheahan discusses what causes a mudslide and possible preventative measures. What is the anatomy of a landslide, and what factors increase their likelihood?   There are many types of landslides, but the one that occurred in Washington state appears to be a […]

Faculty

Apr 04, 2012

FY13 TIER 1 Award Recipients

27 COE faculty and affiliates were recipients of FY13 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 21 different research projects.

Aug 18, 2011

Prof. Sheahan Discusses Ground Failures in the Big Dig

Tom Sheahan, Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, discussed the ground-freezing process used for Big Dig construction and whether it caused a sinkhole to form beneath Boston's tunnels.

Apr 11, 2011

Six Faculty Named 2010 Outstanding Teachers of the College of Engineering

Congratulations to the following faculty, who were identified by our students as Outstanding Teachers of the College of Engineering for 2010: Dionisio Bernal, Daniel Dulaski, Philip Larese-Casanova, Thomas Sheahan, Ming Wang, and Mishac Yegian.

Jan 28, 2010

Sheahan’s NIH Grant Renewed

CIV professor and acting chair Thomas Sheahan, has had his NIH grant renewed for his research on creating a reactive mat to remediate contaminated sediments and reduce health risks.

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