John R. (Jack) Hall, Ph.D., P.E. Biography


  • Ph.D., Structural Engineering – University of Florida – 1962
  • M.S., Civil Engineering – University of Florida – 1960
  • B.S., Civil Engineering – Syracuse University – 1959


Dynamic analysis and field vibration measurements of structures, piping and mechanical equipment.

Installation of test instrumentation to measure strain, force, torque, temperature, pressure, voltage etc.

Analysis of machine foundations supported on soil and piles.

Acoustic pulsation analysis of piping connected to reciprocating compressors.

Training in the use of Fast Fourier Transform Spectrum analyzers.

Experience Summary

  • 1962 – 1969: A professor in the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • 1969 – 1978: A consulting engineer for D’Appolonia Consulting Engineers, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Projects included structural foundation analysis and design, vibrations of structures, machinery and foundations, and seismic analysis of structures and equipment.
  • 1974 – 1976: Senior Consulting Engineer for D’Appolonia Consulting Engineers in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1978 – 1999: Stone & Webster Engineering, Boston, Massachusetts. Managed the Advanced Measurements and Diagnostic Services Group to provide services for vibration and failure analysis of mechanical equipment and field testing to document machinery performance.
  • 1999 to Present: Dr. Hall is currently an Adjunct Professor in the Mechanical and Civil Engineering Departments at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.


  • Professional Engineer – Michigan
  • Professional Affiliations
  • American Society of Civil Engineers



Richart, F.E., Jr., J.R. Hall, Jr., and R.D. Woods, Vibrations of Soils and Foundations, Prentice-Hall, 400 pp, 1970.


He is author and co-author of over 30 technical publications covering the subjects of soil dynamics, seismic analysis, and vibrations of structures and mechanical equipment.