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Farewell John Small!


6 April 2009

The School farewells John after 30 years of service.
The School farewells John after 30 years of service.

The School farewelled John Small last month as his retirement took effect on Friday 30 March.

John was part of group of young geotechnical researchers at the university in the 1970s, teaming with fellow students John Carter, Nigel Balaam, Malcolm Boyd when he did his PhD entitled "Elasto plastic Consolidation of Soil". This group have remained friends and and research colleagues for over 30 years.

John returned to the University in 1982 as lecturer, and progressed through the academic ranks to Professor in 2005.

In his four years as full professor, John has achieved much, gaining several ARC grants and graduating several PhD students.

John has been recognised by his peers for his efforts through the following:

  • Maunsell Visiting Fellow at the University of Hong Kong 2007.
  • E.H. Davis lecturer - Awarded by the Australian Geomechanics Society 2002.
  • Award for Significant paper The Behaviour of Layered Soil or Rock Containing a Decaying Heat Source presented by the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics, May 1994.
  • Award for Significant paper Analysis of Piled Rafts in Layered Soil presented by the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics, November 1997.
  • Invited to present paper at the ASCE Conference on "Recent Developments in Poroelasticity", Chicago 1994.
  • Recipient of a Maunsell Civil Engineering Visiting Fellowship at the University of Hong Kong, December 1994

Consulting work has been carried out in many fields including pore pressure generation and seepage in earth and rockfill dams and tailings dams, settlement and consolidation, stability of embankments, finite element analysis, excavation problems and retaining wall design. From 2002,John has been a Senior Principal at Coffey Partners, International Australia's largest Geotechnical consulting firm, and has been involved in both research and development and consulting work for the company.

John served many administrative roles throughout his 27 years at the university, most recently acting as Pro-Dean of the Faculty.

The School thanks you for all your years of service.