Dr. Daniel Pradel is Professor of Practice in Geotechnical Engineering at The Ohio State University. Previously he was Vice-President of Shannon & Wilson in California, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at UCLA. He holds a Certificate of Postdoctoral Studies from UCLA, a Doctorate from the University of Tokyo, and a Diploma from the Swiss Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). Dr. Pradel is a registered Geotechnical Engineer in California and Civil Engineer in several states. He has 30 years of practice in industry, and many of his projects were located in areas with high seismic demands. He has worked on projects located in four continents, including large dams, slope stabilizations using drilled shafts, regional transportation projects, and foundation designs. He has also performed numerous reconnaissance visits after major natural hazard events such as Earthquakes, Landslides and Hurricanes. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a Diplomate of the Academy of Geo-Professionals, an Associate Editor of the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical Engineering and Geo-Environmental Engineering, chair of the GI Awards committee and a member of several ASCE and DFI technical committees.


Geotechnical engineering, including geomechanical numerical modelling, and geotechnical earthquake engineering.

Performance of levees, dams, and slopes, subjected to major natural hazard events such as earthquakes and hurricanes

Foundation engineering, including design of shallow and deep foundations for buildings, bridges, transmission towers, and other structures.

Earth retaining structures, including analysis of wall flexibility, creep in soils, and effects of staged construction techniques.