Lytton gives keynote talk at Pan-American conference

Photo of Dr. Robert LyttonDr. Robert L. Lytton, the Fred J. Benson Endowed Chair in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University,  recently presented the keynote lecture at the First Pan-American Conference on Unsaturated Soils in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.

Lytton, a member of the international advisory board for the conference, presented the lecture, “Unsaturated Soil Mechanics in the Design and Performance of Pavements.”

When Lytton first proposed his lecture topic of quality control of road construction using the principles of unsaturated soil mechanics, he said the conference organizers were “delighted because it is so rare that this discipline has been directed toward such an important aspect of the infrastructure.”

The first International Conference on Unsaturated Soils took place in 1995 in Paris, France, where Lytton was also the keynote speaker. This year’s conference was the first to take place in the Western Hemisphere, allowing for an entirely new perspective on the unsaturated soils field. Lytton said that as part of the collateral activities of the conference, attendees rode in horse-drawn carriages around the streets of Cartagena. The 2014 International Conference will be held in Sydney, Australia.

Lytton received masters and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and joined the Texas A&M faculty in 1971. He has published more than 200 papers in refereed journals and is also an active member and fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Academy of Geo-Professionals, Post-Tensioning Institute and the Foundation Performance Association of Houston.