Dr. Eric Steward, P.E.

Dr. Eric Steward, P.E.

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs, College of Engineering
Associate Professor, Civil/Geotechnical Engineering


  • Ph.D. Engineering, Louisiana Tech University
  • M.S. Civil Engineering, Louisiana Tech University
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs


Geotechnical Engineering is a branch of Civil Engineering that deals with the design, analysis, and construction of foundations, slopes, retaining structures, and other systems that are made of or supported by soil or rock. As a geotechnical engineer, my research interests include:

  • LRFD design of deep foundations
  • Driven pile setup (freeze) prediction methods
  • Soil\structure interaction
  • Trenchless pipeline infrastructure installation and rehabilitation techniques


  • Cleary, J., Webb, B., Douglass, S., and Steward, E., Assessment of Engineering Adaptations to Extreme Events and Climate Change for a Simply Supported Interstate Bridge over a Shallow Estuary, ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering (Accepted)
  • Steward, E., Jones, R., and Rausche, F. Comparison of Axial Resistance of Driven Piles Determined using Automatic Signal Matching Software, iCAP and CAPWAP, Geotechnical Special Publication, GSP #294, (IFCEE 2018), ASCE Geo-Institute, Orlando, FL, pp. 541-549.
  • Cleary, J., Steward, E., Analysis of Ground Vibrations Induced by Pile Driving and a Comparison of Vibration Prediction Methods, Deep Foundation Institute (DFI) Journal, Vol. 10, Iss. 3, Feb. 2017, pp. 125-134.
  • Wang, Jay; Verma, Neha; and Steward, Eric, Estimating Pile Set-up Using 24-h Restrike Resistance and Computed Static Capacity for PPC Piles Driven in Soft Louisiana Coastal Deposits, Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, Vol.34, Iss. 1, Feb. 2016, pp. 267-283
  • Jones, R. and Steward, E. Evaluation of Pile Set-up using iCAP Dynamic Restrike Software Analysis in the State of Alabama, Geotechnical Special Publication, GSP #256, (IFCEE 2015), ASCE Geo-Institute, San Antonio, TX, pp. 980-989
  • Steward, E. and Shekouh, M. Laboratory determination of the time-dependent interface frictional behavior between cohesive soil and construction materials, Geotechnical Special Publication, GSP #256, (IFCEE 2015), ASCE Geo-Institute, San Antonio, TX, pp. 1861-1869
  • Steward, E. J., Cleary, J. C., Gillis, A., Jones, R., Prado, E. Investigation of Pile Setup (Freeze) in Alabama (vol. Research Project 930-839R). National Transportation Library of United States Department of Transportation. June 2015.
  • Whelton, A., Tabor, M., Boettcher, A., White, K., Newman, D., Steward, E. Standardized test method to quantify environmental impacts of stormwater pipe rehabilitation materials. Technical Report for Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research, VCTIR # 15-R11. November 2014.
  • Steward, EA laboratory process to determine the time-dependent increased interface frictional behavior between soil and construction materials, GeoCongress 2012: State of the Art and Practice in Geotechnical Engineering GSP 225, ASCE, Oakland, pp. 175-184.
  • Steward, E. and Wang,X.  Predicting Pile Setup (Freeze): A new approach considering soil aging and pore pressure dissipation, Geo-Frontiers 2011: Advances in Geotechnical Engineering GSP 211, ASCE, Proceedings of the 2011 Geo-Frontiers Conference, Dallas, pp. 11-19.
  • Wang, X. and Steward, EPredictions of pile setup and its resistance factors for South Louisiana, Deep Foundations and Geotechnical In situ Testing GSP 205, ASCE, Proceedings of the 2010 GeoShanghai International Conference, Shanghai, China, pp.129-134.
  • Steward, E., Allouche, E., Baumert, M. and Gordon, J.  Strength Testing of Rigid Polyurethane Spray-on Coating Under Internal Pressure. Pipelines 2009: Infrastructures Hidden Assets, ASCE, Proceedings of the 2009 Pipelines Conference, August 2009, pp. 751-764.
  • Allouche, E., Steward, E. Organic “High-Build” Spray-in-Place Liners – An Emerging Class of Rehabilitation Methods, Underground Construction Magazine, June 2009, pp. 28-32
  • Wang, X., Steward, E., Virma, N.  Estimating setup of driven piles into Louisiana clayey soils, Technical Report for Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, LTRC Project Number: 04-1GT, Report # FHWA/LA.09/46, November 2009


  • CE 238 Statics
  • CE 315 Civil Engineering Materials Laboratory
  • CE 340 Soil Mechanics
  • CE 341 Soil Mechanics Laboratory
  • CE 440 Geotechnical Engineering
  • CE 442 Foundation Engineering
  • CE 542 Foundation Engineering and Advanced Geotechnical Topics
  • CE 512 Management and Sustainability of Civil Infrastructure

Faculty Advisor: American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) Student Chapter