3_HWKTTE 4004c - and friendship from our first meeting...

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iv ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Above all, I would like to thank all the geotechnical engineering staff. With their knowledge, teaching skills, experience, and professionalism, they have provided me with an excellent level of education. I wish to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude to the chairman of my supervisory committee, Dr. Michael C. McVay, for providing me with the opportunity to conduct this research and for his generous assistance and guidance throughout the course of this study. Grateful acknowledgment is also made to Dr. Frank C. Townsend for serving as committee member and sharing with me his extensive experience in the geotechnical field. Special thanks are given to Dr. Fernando E. Fagundo. Besides being a committee member, Dr. Fagundo has offered me his support
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Unformatted text preview: and friendship from our first meeting before arriving to Gainesville. Lastly, I would like to acknowledge Dr. Limin Zhang, for his continuing guidance and encouragement in the preparation of this manuscript. Without his work, this project would not have been accomplished. I wish to thank all my friends here in Gainesville, especially Alvin Gutierrez, Beatriz Camacho, Elzys Boscan, Nereida Padrón and Gabriel Alcaraz. Their friendship has provided me with life experiences I could not have gained elsewhere. I am deeply grateful to Paul Bullock and Tanel Esin from Schmertmann & Crapps, Inc. for their assistance in providing useful load test data appearing in this thesis. The help from Dr. Ching L. Kuo from PSI, Inc. is also gratefully appreciated. Dr. Ching...
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