Jennifer Smith

Jennifer L. Smith
Assistant Professor

221 Baker Lab
1 Forestry Dr.
Syracuse, New York 13210

Phone: (315) 470-6866



Ph.D., Civil Engineering (Geotechnical), Syracuse University, 2007
M.A., Public Administration, Syracuse University, 2006
M.S., Civil Engineering (Geotechnical), Syracuse University, 1993
B.S., Wood Products Engineering, SUNY-ESF, 1990
A.S., Engineering Science, Broome Community College, 1988

Areas of Study

Soil erosion
Rolled erosion control products
Geotextile filtration
Geotechnical engineering
Technical, political, and social aspects of coir fiber use in India
Public policy

Professional Experience

Parsons Engineering Science, Project Manager, 2000-2001
O'Brien & Gere Engineers, Project Engineer, 1993-2000
New York State Electric & Gas Corp., Technical Aide, 1989-1990


WPE 335 Cost Engineering
WPE 455 Construction Contracts and Specifications
ERE 496 Sustainable Construction

Selected Publications

Bhatia, S.K. and Smith, J.L. 2008. Bridging the Gap Between Engineering and the Global World – A Case Study of the Coconut (Coir) Fiber Industry in Kerala, India, Morgan & Claypool Publishers, 58pp.

Smith, J.L. and Bhatia, S.K. 2008. The Bioimprovement (Vegetation) of Soils for Highway Applications Using RECPs, 88th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) session on Bioimprovement of Soils for Transportation Applications, submitted.

Smith, J.L., Davieau, M.R., and Bhatia, S.K. 2007. Evaluation of Soil Erosion Using the Rainsplash Technique, Proceedings of ASCE Geo-Denver 2007 Conference, February 18-21, 2007, Denver, CO.

Smith, J.L., Bhatia, S.K., and Satyamurthy, R. 2006. An Overview of Geosynthetic Rolled Erosion Control Products, International Symposium on Geosynthetics in India – Present and Future, November 8-10, 2006, New Delhi.

Smith, J.L. and Bhatia, S.K. 2005. Natural fibers raise social issues, Materialstoday, 11(8):72.

Zoli, C., Smith, J., Bhatia, S., and Bhatia, T. 2004. Work & Play in the Geotechnical Lab: Gender Implications for Engineering Educators, International Conference on Engineering Education & Research/ICEER 2004, Bouzov Castle, Czech Republic, June 27-30.

Bhatia, S.K., Smith, J.L., Lake, D., and Walowsky, D. 2002. A Technical and Economic Evaluation of Geosynthetic Rolled Erosion Control Products in Highway Drainage Channels, Geosynthetics International, 9(2):125-148.

Bhatia, S.K. and Smith, J.L. 1996. Geotextile Characterization and Pore-Size Distribution: A Comparison of Test Methods and Application to Design, Geosynthetics International, 3(3):301-328.

Bhatia, S.K. and Smith, J.L. 1995. Comparative Study of Bubble Point Method and Mercury Intrusion Porosimetry Techniques for Characterizing the Pore-Size Distribution of Geotextiles, Geotextiles and Geomembranes, 13:679-702.

Bhatia, S.K. and Smith, J.L. 1995. Application of the Bubble Point Method to the Characterization of the Pore-Size Distribution of Geotextiles, ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal, 18(1):94-105.

Smith, J.L. 1995. Chapter 9 - Management of Residuals, Innovative Engineering Technologies for Hazardous Waste Remediation, Edited by Robert Bellandi, O’Brien & Gere Engineers, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 251-267.


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