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Eric C. Drumm

Professor, Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science


Eric Drumm teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and conducts research in geotechnical engineering. His research has been related to the mechanical and hydraulic properties of soil, the affects of seasonal water content variations on material properties, and soil-structure interaction effects on infrastructure using numerical models and field instrumentation.

Prior to joining UT in 1983, he worked in engineering practice for Duke Power Company, and during the 1994-95 academic year, he took Professional Leave from the University of Tennessee to work for Law Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc. He has been a registered professional engineer (PE) since 1980. Since the fall 1999, he has served as the faculty advisor to the Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.


Soil-structure interaction effects, geotechnical instrumentation

Pavement geotechnics, and pavement system response

Mining induced subsidence damage, stability of residual soil in karst areas

Behavior and analysis of soil nailed slopes and walls


PhD, Civil Engineering, The University of Arizona, December 1983

ME, Engineering, Structures and Mechanics, The University of South Carolina, December 1975

BS, Engineering, Structures and Mechanics, The University of South Carolina, May 1974


Zhou, B. Huang, E. C. Drumm, X. Shu, Q. Dong, and U. Sampson. 2015. "SoilResilient Modulus Regressed from Physical Properties and Influence of Seasonal Variation on Asphalt Pavement Performance." ASCE Journal of Transportation Engineering, Volume 141, Issue 1.

Jeldes, I, N. Vence, and E. C. Drumm.  2015. "An Approximate Solution to the Sokolovskiĭ Concave Slope at Limiting Equilibrium." International Journal of Geomechanics, Vol. 15, No. 2.

Jeldes, I. A., E. C. Drumm, and D. C. Yoder.  2015. "Design of Stable Concave Slopes for Reduced Sediment Delivery." Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Volume 141, Issue 2.

Jeldes, I. A., E. C. Drumm, R. M. Bennett, and N. Zisi. 2015. "The Piling Framed Concrete Retaining Wall: design pressures and stability evaluation." ASCE Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, Volume 20, No. 3.

Hoomehr, J. S. Schwartz, D. C. Yoder, E. C. Drumm, and W. C. Wright. 2015. "Erodibility of Low-Compaction Steep-Sloped Reclaimed Surface Mine Lands in the Southern Appalachian Region, USA." Hydrological Processes, Volume 29, Issue 3, pages 321–338, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10135.

Isaac A. Jeldes, E. C. Drumm, and J. S. Schwartz. 2014. "Partial Saturation and Seismicity on Steep Reclaimed Slopes." Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, Vol. 32, Issue 4, pp 1065-1079.

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