College of Engineering

2023 Samborn Distinguished Lecture

The University of Toledo College of Engineering Samborn Distinguished Lecture presents:

Daniel Pradel

 The La Conchita Landslide from an Ethics Prospective

Daniel Pradel, PhD, PE, GE, DGE, F.ASCE
Professor of Practice (Geotechnical Engineering)
The Ohio State University
College of Engineering Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering


Thursday March 30, 2023

The University of Toledo College of Engineering
1610 N. Westwood Ave.
Toledo, OH 43607

5 -6 pm: Meet and greet with light snacks

6 pm: Samborn Distinguished Lecture


Professor Pradel will speak on the role that geotechnical engineers and county officials played in the death of 10 people in 2005, when a portion of the 1995 La Conchita Landslide was reactivated and buried 9 homes. From an ethics perspective, it is a fascinating case history of poor engineering choices as well as bad decisions from land owners and governmental officials.

*Attendees will receive a free one-hour ethics pdh certificate upon completion

Last Updated: 2/14/23