Juan M. Pestana

Education

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, Massachusetts.
    • 1994 Doctor of Science Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dissertation in Geotechnical Engineering. Minors in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering.
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • 1988 Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. Focus in Geotechnical and Water Resources/ Environmental Engineering.
  • Universidad Catolica Andres Bello (UCAB) Caracas, Venezuela
    • 1985 Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering. Curriculum in Civil Engineering with emphasis in geotechnical, hydraulic and water resources subjects.

 

Honors and Awards

 

  • Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1998
  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, National Science Foundation, 1996
  • Instituto Venezolano de Petroleo, INTEVEP Fellowship, 1989-1992.
  • Fundacion Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho Scholarship, 1986-1988.
  • Summa Cum Laude Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering (1st in class, 1st in university's history), 1985
  • Membership in Sigma Xi Scientific and Engineering Honor Society, 1993
  • Membership in Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society, 1996
  • Bachelor's Thesis honorable mention: Publication and Competition. 1985
  • Biography included in Who's Who among International Students in American Universities and Colleges, 1988; Who's Who in Science and Engineering, 1991; Who's Who in the World, 1993; Who's Who in America, 1994; Fundacion Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho, Prize to Excellence, 1994, Outstanding Young American, 1998.

 

Professional Qualifications

 

  • Registered Professional Engineer in Venezuela, C.I.V. 52,385 since 1986
  • Registered Civil Engineer in California, C 56,835 since 1997

 

Professional Work Experience

 

  • Geotechnical Engineer Consultant, (1987-1998) Caracas, Venezuela. Provided recommendations in geotechnical engineering regarding the analysis and design of foundations on expansive and collapsible soils, foundations for vibration control and slope stability analysis. Independent reviewer of Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Impact Studies for Landfarming, Bioremediation and discharge of contaminated drilling muds in water.
  • Geotechnical Engineer, GEODEC S.A., Geotechnical Consulting Firm (1986) Caracas, Venezuela Performed work in geotechnical engineering including: Analysis and Design of Foundations on Expansive and Collapsible Soils, Foundations for Vibration Control and Slope Stability Analysis. Responsible for Site Characterization and Investigation Programs.
  • Engineering Assistant, T.William Lambe, Inc. Cambridge, Massachusetts. Summers 1990, 1991. Developed and modified software for slope stability analyses.
  • Civil Engineer, CALTEC S.A., Hydraulic Consulting Firm (75% time, Jul 85-Aug 86) Caracas, Venezuela. Developed and implemented software for hydraulic engineering projects. Responsible for the analysis of a complex water distribution system (Aqueducto Regional del Centro)
  • Assistant Civil Engineer, CALTEC S.A., Hydraulic Consulting Firm (half time from 1983-1985) Caracas, Venezuela. Developed and implemented software for the analysis of open channel flow and the design of control structures such as spillways and discharge channels. Performed preliminary assessment of required reservoir capacity for hydropower generation

 

Consulting Experience

 

  • Independent reviewer of Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Impact Studies for Landfarming, Bioremediation and discharge of drilling muds in water bodies due to exploratory oil activities. For: Geohidra Consultants C.A., Caracas, Venezuela., 1998.
  • Analyses of Stone Column Performance in Potentially Liquefiable Soil Deposits, Geotechnics America, 1998
  • Development of a Finite Elemet Program for the Analysis of the Generation and Dissipation of Porewater Pressure in Layered Sand Deposits with Nonlinear Discharge Capacity. Geotechnics America, 1997
  • Analysis of Prefabricated Drains with Storage Capacity for the Reduction of Liquefaction Potential. Geotechnics America, 1997
  • An�lysis y Resistencia del Suelo como Bases para la Instalaci�n de la Balanza en JOSE, Estado Anzo�tegui, 1996. For: GEODEC, Client: Corpoven S.A. Geotechnical Report providing recommendations for the foundation of a gas scale in potentially expansive soils in JOSE, Anzo�tegui.
  • Estudio Geot�cnico para las Areas Asociadas al Proyecto Orimulsion TM, Estado Monagas, 1991-1992. For: GEODEC, Client: Lagoven, S.A. Geotechnical Report providing recommendations for the foundation of the structures linked to the Project Orimulsion TM
  • Estudio Geot�cnico para Plantas Compresoras de Gas y Areas Adyacentes al Tanque E-001 P.T.O. Estado Anzo�tegui, 1989. For: GEODEC S.A., Client: Corpoven, SA. Geotechnical Report providing recommendations for the foundation of vibratory equipment in potentially expansive soils.
  • Estudio Geot�cnico para las Fundaciones del Proyecto de Laminaci�n y de Coque de la Planta de ALCASA (Campo E-1 y Coque 1), 1987- For: GEODEC S.A., Client: Aluminio del Caron�, S.A. Geotechnical Report providing recommendations for the foundation for the ALCASA- Coque 1 and Campo E-1 on potentially collapsible soils.
  • Estudio Geot�cnico para el Proyecto del Edificio Sede de Lagoven, ubicado en Matur�n, Estado Monagas, 1987. For: GEODEC S.A., Client: Lagoven, S.A. Geotechnical Report providing recommendations for the foundation for the Lagoven headquarters in Matur�n, Monagas.
  • Estudio Geot�cnico para la Construcci�n de L�neas de Transmisi�n del Proyecto de lnterconexi�n en el Sistema El�ctrico Nacional, Costa Oriental del Lago, Estado Zulia, 1988. For: GEODEC, S.A., Client: Lagoven, S.A. Geotechnical Report providing recommendations for the foundation for Transmission Lines of the Connection Project of the National Electric System, Costa Oriental del Lago, Zulia
  • Soluci�n para la Estabilizaci�n del Suelo de Fundaci�n en una Localizaci�n Petrolera. Estado Monagas, 1988. For: Geohidra C.A. Investigated the foundation failure and provided recommendations for the renewed operation of an oil exploration rig in Monagas, Venezuela.

 

Professional Reviews

 

  • Journal of Geotechnical Engineering Division, ASCE
  • Geotechnical Testing Journal, ASTM
  • American Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE.
  • National Science Foundation, unsolicited proposals review panel
  • Independent reviewer of geotechnical and geo-environmental consultants' reports.

 

Professional Service
for administrative, legislative, or judicial hearings

 

  • Expert Witness/ opinion on Ground Improvement Techniques for Porter and Korvick law firm.
  • Escobar vs. American Airlines case. June 1998

 

Professional Affiliations

 

  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Geotechnical Engineering Division.
  • Member, International Society of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineers (ISSMFE)
  • Member, American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
  • Member, Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center, University of California, Berkeley (PEER, formerly EERC)
  • Member, Canadian Geotechnical Society (CGS)
  • Member, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)
  • Member, Sigma Xi, Research Society
  • Member, Chi Epsilon, Civil Engineering Honor Society (also faculty advisor)
  • Member, Colegio de Ingenieros de Venezuela (CIV).
  • Member, Sociedad Venezolana de Mec�nica de Suelos e Ingenier�a de Fundaciones (SVSMIF).

 

Academic Experience

 

  • Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley (July 1994- Present). Teaching and performing research in the areas of geomechanics, geotechnical and geotechnical earthquake engineering. Current research in the areas of site response analysis, soil structure interaction, soil properties, laboratory testing and constitutive soil modeling. Developed undergraduate and graduate courses in geoenvironmental engineering, computational geomechanics and modelling of soil behavior.
  • Research Assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts (1992-1994) Research and development of advanced constitutive models for soils. Thesis research contribution included the: a) the development of a compression model for sands over a wide range of stresses and densities; and b) development and extensive evaluation of a generalized effective stress model for clays and sands.
  • Research Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts (1989-1992) Sponsor: INTEVEP. Research and development of advanced constitutive models for soils.
  • Lecturer/ Teaching Assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge (1993-1994). Taught lectures and prepared supporting material for Advanced Soil Mechanics, Theoretical Soil Mechanics and Advanced Foundation Engineering.
  • Assistant Professor, Universidad Cat�lica Andr�s Bello (UCAB) Caracas, Venezuela (Spring 1986). Teaching civil engineering courses in the areas of geotechnical and hydraulic engineering. Responsible for directing the soil mechanics laboratory (Spring).
  • Teaching Assistant, Universidad Cat�lica Andr�s Bello (UCAB) Caracas, Venezuela (1982-85). Responsible for teaching and grading the laboratory sessions of Calculus and Engineering Programming in Fortran (Fall only).

 

Academic Service
University Courses Taught

 

  • a) University of California, Berkeley
    • CE175: "Soil and Foundation Engineering" (3 semester units)
    • CE175: "Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering" (3 semester units)
    • CE176: "Waste Containment Systems" (3 semester units)
    • CE270B: "Advanced Foundation Engineering" (3 semester units)
    • CE272: "Numerical Modeling in Geomechanics" (3 semester units)
    • CE298: "Modeling Soil Behavior" (2 semester units)
  • b) Universidad Cat�lica Andr�s Bello
    • " Fluid Mechanics I" (3 semester units-equivalent)
    • " Soil Mechanics Laboratory I" (3 semester units-equivalent)
    • " Soil Mechanics Laboratory II" (3 semester units-equivalent)

 

Research Supervision/ongoing research

 

  • "Numerical Modeling of Seismic Response of Piles in Soft Clay Deposits", doctoral research topic of Mr. Lok
  • "Influence of Pile Installation on Dynamic Properties of Soils" doctoral research topic of Mr. C. Hunt.
  • "Gound Deformations in Ground Openings" doctoral research topic of Mr. Laurent Luccioni
  • "Coupled Analyses of Liquefaction Phenomena" doctoral research topic of Ms. Ann Kammerer.
  • "Seismic Response and Cyclic Behavior of Sands" doctoral research topic of Ms. Lynn Salvati
  • "Characterization of Soft Clay Deposits" doctoral research topic of Giovanna Biscontin.
  • "Structural Response of Pile Foundation Systems" master of engineering research topic of Ms. Claudia Mibelli (with Nikos Makris)

 

University Administration/ Service

 

  • Undergraduate Adviser, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1995-present
  • Undergraduate Admission Committee, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, 1994-1998
  • Geotechnical Steering Committee, San Francisco Section of ASCE 1997- present
  • Chi Epsilon, Honor Society. Faculty Advisor, 1996-present
  • PEER Education Committee member 1997-present
  • Undergraduate Study Committe, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 1997-1998
  • Student member. Civil Engineering Council, Universidad Cat�lica Andr�s Bello. Caracas 1982-1983

 

Invited Lectures and Presentations

 

  • "Modeling Soil Behavior: Applications in Geotechnical Engineering Practice", American Society of Civil Engineers, Geotechnical Group, San Francisco Section, September 17, 1998
  • "Modeling of Soil-Pile-Superstructure Dynamic Interaction in Soft Soil Deposits" Northwestern University, Evaston Illinois, 19 March 1998
  • "Numerical Modeling of Soil-Pile-Superstructure Interaction in Soft Soil Deposits", University of Illinois, at Urbana-Champaign, 20 March 1998
  • "Modelo Unificado para el Comportamiento de Suelos," Charla de Clausura para la Conferencia Latinoamericana de Ingenieros Geotecnicos Jovenes, Noviembre 1997.
  • "Modelaje Num�rico de Interacci�n Suelo-Estructura para Fundaciones de Pilotes bajo Carga S�smica." July 17, 1997. Seminario Internacional de Ingenieria S�smica. Aniversario Terremoto de Caracas, 29 de Julio de 1967. Caracas, Venezuela
  • "Lecciones Geotecnicas del Terremoto de Caracas hasta el Terremoto de Kobe, Japon" July 18, 1997. Seminario Internacional de Ingenieria S�smica. Aniversario Terremoto de Caracas, 29 de Julio de 1967. Caracas, Venezuela
  • "Modeling the Seismic Response of Pile Foundations in Soft Soils " Oct. 29, 1996. NSF Sponsored Workshop/Conference on Application of Numerical Procedures in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering at the University of California, Davis.
  • "Unified Description of Soil Behavior," University of California at Davis. March 26, 1996
  • "Unified Soil Behavior of Clays and Sands," Massachusetts Institute of Technology, October 26, 1995
  • "Effects of Density and Stress Level on the Undrained Behavior of Sand," University of California at Berkeley. April 6, 1994

 

Research Grants

 

  • Seismic Response and Cyclic Behavior of Sands, National Science Foundation- CAREER award, 8/96-7/00 $210,000 + 100,000 matching funds; Principal Investigator.
  • Prediction of Soil Deformations in Ground Openings, National Science Foundation, 10/96-9/99, $174,326; Principal Investigator.
  • Coordinated Geotechnical and Earthquake Engineering Program at UC Berkeley, CALTRANS, 7/95-6/98 $1,490,655; Co-Principal Investigator (with Bray, J.; Riemer, M.; Seed, R.; Sitar, N.)
  • Performance Evaluation of Deep Foundation Systems under Seismic Loading, Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER), Principal Investigator
  • Evaluation of Post-Liquefaction Residual Strength and Deformantion Behavior. Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER), co-Principal Investigator (with Seed, R.)
  • Nonlinear Site Response and Analysis of Cyclic Pore Pressure Development and Seismically Induced Deformations, Principal Investigator, CALTRANS, Submitted/ in review ($200,000 3 years)

 

Publications

 

Pestana, J.M and Whittle, A.J. (1998) "Time Effect in the Compression of Sands," Geotechnique, 48 (5), 695-701.

Goughnour, R. and Pestana, J.M. (1998) "Mechanical Behavior of Stone Columns under Seismic Loading," 2nd International Conference on Ground Improvement Techniques, Singapore, 157-162.

Pestana, J.M., Hunt, C., Goughnour, R. and Kammerer, A. (1998) "Effect of Storage Capacity in the Performance of Vertical Drains in Liquefiable Sand Deposits," 2nd International Conference on Ground Improvement Techniques, Singapore, 373-380.

Pestana, J.M., Hunt, C. and Goughnour, R. (1998) "Use of Prefabricated Drains with Storage Capacity for the Reduction of Liquefaction Potential," UCB/GT Research Report, University of California, Berkeley (in print)

Meymand, P., Riemer, M. Lok, T., Pestana, J. Seed, R. (1998) Shaking Table Model Tests of Nonlinear Soil-Pile-Superstructure Interaction in Soft Clay," 5th CALTRANS Seismic Research Workshop, Sacramento, California.

Lok, T., Pestana, J. Meymand, P., Riemer, M. and Seed, R. (1998) "Numerical Modeling and Simulation of Seismic Soil-Pile-Superstructure Inreaction Experiments," 5th CALTRANS Seismic Research Workshop, Sacramento, California.

Hunt, C., Pestana, J.M., and Bray, J. (1998) "Effect of Pile Installation on the Shear Wave Velocity of a Soft Clay Deposit," 5th CALTRANS Seismic Research Workshop, Sacramento, California.

Pestana, J.M. and Whittle, A.J. (1998) Formulation of a Unified Constitutive Model for Clays and Sands," (accepted) International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics.

Lok, M.H. , Pestana, J.M. and Seed, R. (1998) "Numerical Modeling and Simulation of Seismic Soil-Pile-Structure Interaction Experiments," ASCE, Specialty Conference on Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics, Vol. II, 1211-1222.

Lok, M.H. , Pestana, J.M. and Seed, R. (1998) Effect of Soil non-linearity in the Prediction of Dynamic Soil-Pile Interaction," Structural Engineers World Congress, San Francisco, California.

Pestana, J.M. and Luccioni, L. (1998) "Description of Drained and Undrained Behavior of Soft Marine Clay Deposits," ASCE, 12th Engineering Mechanics Conference, San Diego, California, 1013-1016.

Pestana, J.M., Hunt, C., and Goughnour, R. (1998) "Use of Prefabricated Drains for the Reduction of Liquefaction Potential," ASCE, 12th Engineering Mechanics Conference, San Diego, California, 1025-1028.

Pestana, J.M. (1997) "Constitutive Soil Modeling: A Unified Theory" Modelo Unificado para el Comportamiento de Suelos", (in Spanish) III Conferencia Latinoamericana de Ingenieros Geotecnicos Jovenes, Caracas, Venezuela, November.

Pestana, J.M., Hunt, C., and Goughnour, R. (1997) "FEQDRAIN: A Finite Elemet Program for the Analysis of the Generation and Dissipation of Porewater Pressure in Layered Sand Deposits," EERC Research Report, University of California, Berkeley

Pestana, J.M., Lok, T., Meymand, P., Riemer, M. and Seed, R. (1997) "Modeling of Soil-Pile-Superstructure Interaction in Soft Clay Deposits," Seminario Internacional de Ingenier�a S�smica. Aniversario del Terremoto de Caracas, Universidad Cat�lica Andr�s Bello, July 1997.

Pestana, J.M., D'Orazio, T., Espinoza, R.D., Bray, J., Hunt, C., Lok, T.M. and Marstall, K. (1996) "Stress and Deformation Analysis of La Esperanza Dam using Geofeap and Conswell" IV ICOLD International Benchmark Workshop on Numerical Analysis of Dams, Madrid, Spain, September 1996.

Lok, T. and Pestana, J.M. (1996) "Numerical Modeling of the Seismic Response of Single Piles in a Soft Clay Deposit," 4th CALTRANS Seismic Research Workshop, Sacramento, California.

Pestana, J.M. (1996) "A Unified Description of Soil Behavior," 11th ASCE Engineering Mechanics Conference, Florida, 281-284

Pestana, J.M. and Whittle, A.J. (1995) "Compression Model for Cohessionless Soils," G�otechnique, 45 (4), 611-631.

Pestana, J.M. and Whittle, A.J. (1995) " Predicted Effects of Confining Stress and Density on Shear Behavior of Sand," 4th Int. Conference on Computational Plasticity, Barcelona, Vol. II, 2319-2330.

Pestana, J.M. and Whittle, A.J. (1994) " Model Prediction of Anisotropic Clay Behavior due to Consolidation Stress History", 8th Int. Conf. on Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (IACMAG '94), Siriwardane & Zaman, Eds., Vol. 2, 1527-1532.