Geotechnical Engineering


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


Photo of seminar speaker Dr. Idil Akin Adil Akin, Ph.D. 4731H Boelter Hall 
Post-wildfire slope stability, biogeotechnics, unsaturated soil mechanics, expansive clay behavior and applications.
Thumbnail Yousef Bozorgnia, Ph.D., P.E. 5731 Boelter Hall (310) 825-2471
Structural engineering, earthquake engineering, engineering seismology.
Thumbnail 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.
Thumbnail Jonathan P. Stewart, Ph.D., P.E., Chair 5731 Boelter Hall (310) 206-2990
Geotechnical engineering, earthquake engineering, and engineering seismology.
Thumbnail Mladen Vucetic, Ph.D. 5750 Boelter Hall (310) 206-6260
Geotechnical engineering, soil dynamics, geotechnical earthquake engineering, laboratory testing of soils
Thumbnail 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.
Thumbnail George Mylonakis, Ph.D. 5731 Boelter Hall
Geotechnical earthquake engineering, Soil structure interaction
Thumbnail Daniel E. Pradel, Ph.D., G.E. 5732E Boelter Hall (310) 825-2843
Geotechnical engineering, slope stability, constitutive modeling
Thumbnail Robert L. Nigbor, Ph.D., P.E. 6679 Boelter Hall (310) 825-3492
Experimental Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics
Thumbnail Christine A. Goulet, Ph.D. 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.
Thumbnail Suji Somasundaram, Ph.D., PE, GE 5732 Boelter Hall (949) 379-2465
Geotechnical engineering, geoenvironmental engineering, waste containment systems
Paolo Zimmaro, Ph.D. 5731 Boelter Hall (310) 825-2471
Geotechnical engineering, seismic hazard and risk analysis, system reliability of distributed infrastructure and lifelines, soil liquefaction and its effects on civil infrastructure, and geotechnical system monitoring and characterization with multidisciplinary approaches and innovative field testing