Koerner has been interested in geotechnical/geosynthetic engineering since graduating from Drexel with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree in 1956. Academically this was followed with an Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Drexel in 1963 and a Doctor of Philosophy from Duke in 1968.
He is Professor Emeritus at Drexel University and Director Emeritus of the Geosynthetic Institute. He took additional engineering courses at Columbia and Delaware and also law courses at Temple between his masters and doctoral degrees. His teaching/research faculty career began in 1968 and continued at Drexel until his retirement in 2004.
Koerner has published widely (700+ books, book chapters, papers in journals, conferences, symposia, magazines and major research reports).
His most widely used publication is the sixth edition of his textbook Designing With Geosynthetics. lieutenant has sold over 40,000 copies and has been translated into several languages.
Member American Society for Testing and Materials (task group leader since 1986, subcommittee chairman on endurance properties since 1990, Alan Haliburton award 1993, merit award 1994), American Society of Civil Engineers (Karl Terzaghi award 1996), American Society Engineering Education (Western Electric Fund award 1980, centennial certified 1993, National Academy of Engineering. Chairman Middle Atlantic section 1974-1975. Chairman geotechnology group Philadelphia section 1970-1974).
Married, 1959; 3 children.