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Thomas C. Sheahan

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Office of the Dean
Training Core Leader, PROTECT Center
230 Snell Engineering Center
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


  • Sc.D., Civil Engineering, M.I.T., 1991
  • M.S., Civil Engineering, M.I.T., 1988
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Union College, 1981


  • Professional Engineer: California and Massachusetts

Research & Scholarship Interests

Soft ground engineering, coastal adaptation, education and training for engineers and scientists
Affiliated With

Department Research Areas

College Research Initiatives

Honors & Awards

  • 2011 "Students Speak" Teaching Award
  • 2009 Northeastern College of Engineering Dean's Meritorious Service Award
  • 2009 ASTM Committee D-18, Special Service Award
  • 2008 ASTM Committee on Publications, Certificate of Appreciation
  • 2007 Tau Beta Pi National Capers and Marion McDonald Mentoring Award
  • 2006 Transportation Research Board, Certificate of Appreciation
  • 2004 Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • 2003-2005, 2007-2009 ASCE student chapter co-advisor, National Certificates of Commendation
  • 2003 ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Eng'g Certificate of Appreciation
  • 2001 ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Eng'g Editorial Board Member Exemplary Service Award
  • 2001 Bright Idea Award, Professional Organizational and Development Network in Higher Education (for Jonas Chalk columns)
  • 1999-2003 Member, Master Teacher Team, G.E. Fund Learning Excellence Initiative
  • 1997 Northeastern College of Engineering Teaching Award
  • 1986-1989 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship
  • 1984 Dept. of Defense Joint Service Commendation Medal
  • 1984 Member, unit receiving Dept. of the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal


Professional Affiliations

  • Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
  • ADSC: The International Association of Foundation Drilling
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • American Society for Testing and Materials
  • Chi Epsilon, Civil Engineering Honor Society
  • Sigma Xi, Research Honor Society
  • Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society
  • Transportation Research Board

Selected Publications

  • D. Meric, F. Hellweger, A.N. Alshawabkeh, T.C. Sheahan, Nonlinear Nonequilibrium One-Dimensional Large-Strain Consolidation-Coupled Contaminant Transport Model of Capped Sediments, American Society of Civil Engineers Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Enggineering, 143(8), 2017
  • S. Barbuto, T.C. Sheahan, J.P. Shine, A. Alshawabkeh, et al., Benchscale Assessment of the Efficacy of a Reactive Core Mat to Isolate PAH-spiked Aquatic Sediments, Soil and Sediment Contamination: An International Journal, 23(1), 2014
  • D. Meric, A.N. Alshawabkeh, J.P. Shine, T.C. Sheahan, Bioavailability of Hydrophobic Organic Compounds in Thin-Layered Sediments, Chemosphere, 103, 2014, 281-289
  • M.A. Kenney, E. Hamin, T.C. Sheahan, Reconceptualizing the Role of Infrastructure in Resilience, EOS Meeting Report, 95(33), 2014
  • D. Cheney, L. Rajicb, E. Sly, D. Meric, T.C. Sheahan, Uptake of PCBs Contained in Marine Sediments by the Green Macroalga Ulva Rigida, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 88(1-2), 2014, 207-214

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