Mladen Vucetic, Ph.D.

Geotechnical Engineering

5731F Boelter Hall
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1593

Phone: (310) 206-6260
Fax: (310) 206-2222


Ph.D., (1986), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
M.S., (1981), University of Zagreb, Croatia
B.S., (1976), University of Zagreb, Croatia

Research Interests

  • Stress-strain conditions in the NGI type direct simple shear test,
  • Fundamental aspects of the cyclic and dynamic behavior of clays, silts and sands under uniform and irregular cyclic loads,
  • Small-strain cyclic and dynamic behavior of soils,
  • Liquefaction mechanism using nonlinear computer models and case history studies,
  • Behavior of soil-nailed excavations during earthquakes using centrifuge modelling,
  • Development of geotechnical site data bases and their utilization in seismic microzoning using GIS.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Norwegian Government Intrernational Research Fellowship for research at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Oslo, Norway, 1980
  • The Thomas Archibald Bedford Prize, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1986
  • Faculty Career Development Award, UCLA, 1992

Professional Affiliations and Service

ASCE – American Society of Civil Engineers
EERI – Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
ADSC – International Association of Foundation Drilling
CUREE – Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering


CEE 120: Principles of Soil Mechanics
CEE 128L: Soil Mechanics Laboratory
CEE 222: Introduction to Soil Dynamics
CEE 223: Earth Retaining Structures
CEE 224: Advanced Cyclic and Monotonic Soil Behavior
CEE 228L: Advanced Soil Mechanics Laboratory