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William Pollock

William Pollock, PhD

Geotechnical Staff

William joined Shannon & Wilson in 2020 after completing his Ph.D. at the University of Washington with a focus on quantifying landslide risk across regional scales. With seven years of experience performing field reconnaissance and landslide hazard and risk analyses in the countries of Lebanon, New Zealand, and the Pacific Northwest of the United States, William brings a depth of experience necessary to characterize complex landslide hazards using multiple lines of evidence and intersecting new technologies. He specializes in coupling fieldwork, remote-sensing, physical and statistical modeling, and geospatial Python to address multifaceted geohazard challenges at the intersection of the natural and human-built environment.

Since joining the company, William has been involved in multiple transportation infrastructure and geohazard-related projects, performing site reconnaissance, slope stability and liquefaction analyses, landslide mapping, and subsurface data evaluation.


  • PhD, Geotechnical Engineering, University of Washington, 2020
  • MS, Geotechnical Engineering, University of Washington, 2017
  • BS, Engineering-Physics, Whitworth University, 2014
  • Certificate on Landslide Risk Assessment and Mitigation, International School for Landslide Risk Assessment and Mitigation (LARAM), Salerno, Italy, 2017


  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • American Geophysical Union

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