Samuel P. Clemence

Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Office 222 Hinds Hall

Phone 315-443-2554  E-mail

General Information




General Information

Dr. Clemence joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 1977 as an associate professor.  His previous academic service was at the University of Missouri-Rolla from 1973-1977.  Prior to entering academics, he was employed by several consulting engineering firms and served six years as a Naval Officer in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps.  He supervised engineering and construction projects in Vietnam, Thailand, the South Pacific, Spain, and the United States.

Professor Clemence is a fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers, a member of Chi Epsilon and Sigma Xi, and was elected to Tau Beta Pi as an Eminent Engineer in 1977.  He has received Outstanding Teacher Awards at the University of Missouri-Rolla (1974-75, 1976-77) and at Syracuse University (1988-89).  He was selected as the 1990 Scholar/Teacher of the Year at Syracuse University by the Division of Higher Education and Ministry of the Methodist Church.  He was selected as a Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence.  Dr. Clemence received the 1998 "Outstanding Educator Award" from the St. Lawrence Section of the American Society for Engineering Education.  He served as senior associate dean of the L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science from 1991-1996.  He is the editor of three books and author or co-author of over fifty technical publications.  Dr. Clemence received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1973.

    Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, 1973
    Civil Engineering

   M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, 1964
    Civil Engineering

   B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, 1962
    Civil Engineering

    Officer, Civil Engineering Corps
    U.S. Navy
    Vietnam, Thailand and Spain, 1964-1969

    Assistant Professor
    University of Missouri-Rolla, 1973-1977

   Assistant Professor
    Syracuse University, 1977-1983

   Chairman of Civil Engineering Department
    Syracuse University, 1982-1991

   Professor of Civil Engineering
    Syracuse University, 1983-present

   Senior Associate Dean
    L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science
    Syracuse University, 1991-1996

Fellow:  American Society of Civil Engineers
Member:  Transmission Structures Foundation Design
Standard Committee:  U.S. Universities Council for Geotechnical Engineering Research;  International Society of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering; 
American Society for Engineering Education, Board of Directors, Civil Engineering DivisionSociety of American Military EngineersAmerican Society for Testing and MaterialsAssociation of Engineering Geologists;  Chi Epsilon;  The Society of Sigma XiTau Beta Pi; Commission Member, Engineering Accreditation Commission, ABET.

Teaching Interests 

Professor Clemence's area of specialization is Geotechnical Engineering/Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering.  He has taught undergraduate courses in basic soil properties, foundation design, and soil testing.  He has developed and taught graduate courses in advanced soil testing, soil stabilization, rock mechanics, and advanced foundation design.  Professor Clemence participated in a Mellon Foundation Grant for Integration of Liberal and Professional Education through the Honors Program, 1984-87.  As a result, he has developed a general engineering course entitled, "Technology: Past and Present," which focuses on the history and heritage of technology and its impact on society.  He has developed a Pre-college Program in Engineering for high school students through the Syracuse University Division of Summer Sessions.  He is also an active participant and visitor for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Courses taught this year:
ECS 101  Introduction to Engineering and Computer Science
CIE 638  Advanced Soil Mechanics and Foundations II

CIE 475  Civil and Environmental Engineering Capstone Design

FIA 400  Leonardo E. da Vinci: Artist and Engineer

Research Interests

Dr. Clemence's research specialization is in the design and field application of soil anchors, basic properties of soils, and properties of collapsible soils.

Currently Co-Principal Investigator on NSF Grant, "Grade K - 12: The Syracuse University/Onondaga County Schools Partnership for Improvement of Science Education." Three year amount: $1,486,422.

Selected Publications and Presentations
Clemence, S.P. (Editor). 1985. Uplift Behavior of Anchor     Foundations in Soil, Amer. Soc. Civil Engr., New York. 

Clemence, S.P. (Editor). 1986. Use of In-situ Tests in Geotechnical Engineering, Amer. Soc. Civil Engr., New York.

Meegado, J., S.P. Clemence, et al. (Editors). 1998. Rick-based Corrective Action and Brownfields Restorations, Amer. Soc. Civil Engr., Geotechnical Special Publication 87.

Other Publications:
Smith, B.M. and S.P. Clemence. 1994. "Properties of Crushable/Collapsible South Korean Granitic Soil," Thirteenth Int'l Conf. Soil Mechanics and Found. Engr., India. Vol. I, pp. 251-254.

Clemence, S.P. et al. 1994. "Prediction of Uplift Capacity for Helical Anchors in Sand," Second Geotechnical Engineering Conference, Cairo, Egypt, Vol. I, pp. 332-343.

Ghaly, A.M. and S.P. Clemence. 1998, "Pullout Performance of Inclined Helical Screw Anchors in Sand," J. Geotechn. Geoenviron. Engr., Amer. Soc. Civil Engr., 124 (7): 617-627.

Al-Khafaji, A.W., S.P. Clemence, V.P. Drnevich, et al. 1998. "The Scholarship Landscape in Civil Engineering: A Bridge between Rhetoric and Reality," Report of American Society of Civil Engineers Task Force on Redefining Scholarly Work, Reston VA.

Seides, G.W., Clemence, S.P. and Thurson, R.  "Helical Piles with Grouted Shafts - Practical Overview," Deep Foundations Institute Proceedings, October, 2003, pp. 219-232.

Updated: 2/6/04