Research in geotechnical engineering focuses on understanding and advancing the state of knowledge on the effects that soils and soil deposits have on the performance, stability, and safety of civil engineering structures. Areas of research include laboratory investigations of soil behavior under static and dynamic loads, constitutive modeling of soil behavior, behavior of structural foundations under static and dynamic loads, soil improvement techniques, response of soil deposits and earth structures to earthquake loads, and the investi-gation of geotechnical aspects of environmental engineering.
Faculty and Lecturers
|Scott J. Brandenberg, Ph.D., Vice Chair
5731D Boelter Hall (310) 825-9819
Geotechnical earthquake engineering with a focus on soil-structure interaction, liquefaction, data acquisition and processing, and numerical analysis.
|Jonathan P. Stewart, Ph.D., P.E., Chair
5731 Boelter Hall (310) 206-2990
Geotechnical engineering, earthquake engineering, and engineering seismology.
|Mladen Vucetic, Ph.D.
5750 Boelter Hall (310) 206-6260
Geotechnical engineering, soil dynamics, geotechnical earthquake engineering, laboratory testing of soils
|Robert E. Kayen, Ph.D., P.E.
5732 Boelter Hall (650) 329-4195
Geomatics and Terrestrial Laser-Topographic Modeling, Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, Engineering Geology, Applied Geophysics.
|George Mylonakis, Ph.D.
5731 Boelter Hall
Geotechnical earthquake engineering, Soil structure interaction
|Daniel E. Pradel, Ph.D., G.E.
5732E Boelter Hall (310) 825-2843
Geotechnical engineering, slope stability, constitutive modeling
|Robert L. Nigbor, Ph.D., P.E.
firstname.lastname@example.org 6679 Boelter Hall (310) 825-3492
Experimental Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics
|Christine A. Goulet, Ph.D.
email@example.com 5731 Boelter Hall (310) 825-1346
Geotechnical earthquake engineering and engineering seismology in the context of performance-based design, ground motion characterization, probabilistic seismic hazard analysis, site response effects, and ground motion selection for nonlinear structural analyses.
|Suji Somasundaram, Ph.D., PE, GE
firstname.lastname@example.org 5732 Boelter Hall (949) 379-2465
Geotechnical engineering, geoenvironmental engineering, waste containment systems