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Baecher, Gregory B.

Baecher, Gregory B.

Civil and Environmental Engineering
Center for Risk and Reliability
1172 Glenn. L. Martin Hall


  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology,1972
  • M.Sc., Massachusetts Institute of Technology,1970
  • B.S.C.E., University of California,1968


  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Reliability and risk analysis
  • Dam safety
  • Coastal protection

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ENCE 603. Data analytics for project managers

ENCE 627. Project Risk Management. https://pm.umd.edu/course/project-risk-management/ 


GeoRisk 2023 Short Course

White papers and monographs:



  • Baecher, G.B., and Christian, J.T., Reliability and Statistics in Geotechnical Engineering, John Wiley and Sons, London and New York, 605pp., 2003.
  • Hartford, D., and Baecher, G.B., Risk and Uncertainty in Dam Safety, Thomas Telford, Ltd., London, 416pp., 2004.
  • Frolov, K. and Baecher, G.B. (Eds.), Protection of Civil Infrastructure from Acts of Terrorism (NATO Science Series), Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 254pp., 2006.
  • Makhutov, N. and Baecher, G.B. (Eds.), Comparative Analysis of Technological & Sociological Consequences of Terrorism (NATO Science Series), IOS Press, 193pp., Amsterdam, 2012.
  • Hartford, D.N.D., Baecher, G.B., Zielinski, P.A., Patev, R.C., Ascila, R., and Rytter, K., Operational safety of dams and reservoirs, Thomas Telford, Ltd., 400pp., London (2016).

National Academy Reports: available without charge at National Academies Press

  • National Research Council, Assessing the Risks of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), National Academies Press, Washington, 2018.
  • National Research Council, Long-term Management of the Spirit Lake/Toutle River System in Southwest Washington, National Academies Press, Washington, 2017.
  • National Research Council, Water Resources Science, Engineering, and Planning: Coastal Risk Reduction, National Academies Press, Washington, 2014.
  • National Research Council, Evaluation of the Updated Site-Specific Risk Assessment for the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kansas, National Academies Press, Washington, 2012.
  • National Research Council, Corps of Engineers Water Resources Infrastructure: Deterioration, Investment, or Divestment? National Academies Press, Washington, 2012.
  • National Research Council, National Water Resources Challenges Facing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Academies Press, Washington, 2011.
  • National Research Council, A review of the Department of Homeland Security’s approach to risk analysis, National Academies Press, Washington, 2010.
  • National Research Council, A Review of the Proposed Revisions to the Federal Principles and Guidelines Water Resources Planning Document, National Academies Press, Washington, 2010.
  • National Research Council, Scientific Review of the Proposed Risk Assessment Bulletin from the Office of Management and Budget, National Academies Press, Washington, 2007.
  • National Research Council, A review of the OMB’s proposed risk analysis guidelines, National Academies Press, Washington, DC, 2007.
  • National Research Council, Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) for Deep Foundations, NCHRP 507, National Academies Press, Washington, 2004.
  • National Research Council, A review of the EPA water security research and technical support action plan: Parts I and II, National Academies Press, Washington, DC, 2003.
  • National Research Council, Analytical methods for water resource project evaluation, National Academies Press, Washington, DC, 2003.
  • National Research Council, Making the nation safer: The role of science and technology in countering terrorism, National Academies Press, Washington, DC, 2002.
  • National Research Council, Risk analysis and uncertainty in flood damage reduction studies, National Academies Press, Washington, DC, 2000.

UMD’s Baecher Receives the ASCE Terzaghi Lecture Award

CEE professor honored for advancing the field of geotechnical risk and statistics.

Bensi, Groth Selected for Nuclear Facility Risk Assessment Faculty Development Program

The inter-department program will support junior faculty in developing solutions to advance probabilistic risk assessments.

UMD Risk Expert Contributes to National Academies Report on National Drone Policy

The 14-person committee found that FAA overestimates the risks associated with drone operations.

National Academies Committee Led by CEE Professor Outlines Framework to Protect Residents from Mount St. Helens Legacy

Landscape changes from the 1980 eruption left 50,000 people at risk from catastrophic flooding and mudfloows.

Baecher Awarded GEOSNet Distinguished Award for Lifetime Achievement

CEE Professor Gregory Baecher recognized for contributions to geotechnical risk and reliability research.

Baecher Appointed to National Academies Committee

CEE professor to review U.S. government's water resources policy.

Baecher Appointed to NASA Committee

Current focus is on the Mars Sample Return Mission.

Prestigious NAE Induction for Griffin, Baecher

Michael Griffin and Gregory Baecher receive National Academy of Engineering honor.

Civil Engineering to Host Katrina Panel

The Clark School's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will host a panel discussion, "The Lessons of Katrina: What Engineering Can and Can't Do," at the Kim Engineering Building on Friday, September 23.

National Academy of Engineering (NAE)