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Robert E. Kayen, Ph.D., P.E.

Adjunct Professor

5713 Boelter Hall
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1593

Phone: (650) 329-4195
Fax: (310) 206-2222


Ph.D. (1993), Civil Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
M.S. (1989), Civil Engineering/Geology, University of California, Berkeley
B.S. (1981), Civil Engineering/Geology, Tufts University, Boston, MA


  • Adjunct Professor, UCLA Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Senior Scientist, US Geological Survey, Pacific Science Center

Personal Statement

Robert Kayen teaches Engineering Geomatics and Engineering Geology at UCLA, and has authored over 300 Journal Articles, Professional Papers, Conference Papers, and reports in the fields of Earthquake Engineering, LIDAR – Geomatics, Engineering Geophysics and Marine GeotechnicsHe is the recipient of the ASCE Thomas A. Middlebrooks Award, and the Commendation Award from the Environmental Division of the United States Department of Justice. He received the Ames Honor Award  in 2010 from the NASA-Ames Research Center.  In 2001 and 2002 he was Visiting  Professor of Civil and Architectural Engineering at Kobe University, Japan and continues collaboration with Kobe University as a Visiting Scholar. He served on the Editorial Board of the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geo-environmental Engineering from 1997 to 2004, and currently serves on the TCLEE Ports and Harbors Committee of ASCE. He received a Doctoral degree in Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • 2010 Ames Honor Award, NASA-Ames Research Center, Nat’l Aeronautics and Space Administration, Mtn. View, CA
  • 2007 Best Paper, International Conference on Landslides and Climate Change, Isle of Wight, UK
  • 2006 Thomas A. Middlebrooks Award, from the American Society of Civil Engineers
  • 2001 Commendation Awarded from the United States Department of Justice, Environmental Division
  • Editor, Earthquake Hazards of the Pacific Northwest Coastal and Marine Regions, USGS
  • Editorial Board, ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 1997-2003
  • Sustained Service Award, DOI
  • STAR Awards, USGS
  • Jane Lewis Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley
  • Malcolm Stacey Fellowship, University of California

Other Academic Appointments

  • Visiting Professor, Kobe National University and Japan Min. of Educ. 2001-2002
  • Visiting Scholar, Kobe National University, 2003-2008
  • Research Lecturer, Catholic University of Santiago of Guayaquil, Guayaquil, Ecuador