Researchers

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Nicola Cardella

 

Visiting Scholar

Advisor: Kenichi Soga

Research: Cement bentonite cut-off walls installed in Sacramento levees

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Julien Cohen-Waeber

 

PhD Candidate

Advisors: Nicholas Sitar and Roland Bürgmann

Research: Characterization of slow moving landslide mechanisms by InSAR and GPS

 

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Nella Pierre Louis Desruisseaux

 

PhD Candidate

Advisor: James Rector

Research: Characterization of near-surface geology and site response using cross-correlations of ambient noise signals recorded on smartphones

 

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Dr. Amr Ewais

 

Research Associate

Advisor: Kenichi Soga

Research: Experimental and field modeling, geosynthetics and geomembranes, liners, base grouted piles, infrastructure sensing, and energy storage and innovative materials

 

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Dr. E. James Fern

 

Research Associate

Advisor: Kenichi Soga

Research: Large deformation MPM simulations of granular flows and slope failures, geotechnical site characterization of bedrock at CERN and soil at Oso, and theoretical soil mechanics – constitutive modeling and unsaturated soil

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Xinnan Gao

 

Visiting Scholar

Advisor: Kenichi Soga

Research: Application of wireless underground sensor network in agriculture

 

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Estéfan Garcia

 

PhD Candidate

Advisor: Jonathan Bray

Research: Distinct element analysis of surface fault rupture through granular media

 

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Michael Gardner

 

PhD Candidate

Advisor: Nicholas Sitar

Research: Rock-fluid interaction leading to rock scour in unlined dam spillways

 

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Christie Hale

 

PhD Candidate

Advisor: Norman Abrahamson

Research: Transfer function model for seismic risk analysis of earthen dams

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Daniel Hutabarat

 

PhD Student

Advisor: Jonathan Bray

Research: Three dimensional nonlinear analysis in soil liquefaction

 

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Miki Komatsu

 

Visiting Scholar

Advisor: Kenichi Soga

Research: Mechanical behavior of the shallow part of the boundary fault (decollement zone)

 

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Robert Lanzafame

 

PhD Candidate

Advisor: Nicholas Sitar

Research: Evaluation of incremental levee risk due to vegetation

 

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Greg Lavrentiadis

 

PhD Student

Advisor: Norman Abrahamson

Research: Probabilistic fault displacement hazard analysis

 

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Mo Li

 

Visiting Scholar

Advisor: Kenichi Soga

Research: Soil dynamic simulation model

 

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Xingyue Li

 

Visiting Scholar

Advisor: Kenichi Soga

Research: Computational modeling of debris flow by a coupled CFD-DEM approach

 

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Linqing Luo

 

Visiting Scholar

Advisor: Kenichi Soga

Research: Distributed fibre optics sensor

 

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Jorge Macedo

 

PhD Candidate

Advisor: Jonathan Bray

Research: Seismic response of earth/waste geotechnical systems and soil-structure interaction with the presence of liquefiable soils

 

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Zorana Mijic

 

PhD Student

 

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John W. Murphy

 

PhD Student

Advisor: Kenichi Soga

Research: Constitutive behavior of soils, risk assessment and performance monitoring of dams and levees

 

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Ruonan Ou

 

PhD Student

Advisor: Kenichi Soga

Research: Fiber optic monitoring of levee cutoff wall

 

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Dr. Jinho Park

 

Research Associate

Advisor: Kenichi Soga

Research: Wireless network sensing, infrastructure monitoring using electrical methods, and tunneling engineering

 

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Tsubasa Sasaki

 

Visiting Scholar

Advisor: Kenichi Soga

Research: Wellbore integrity of offshore gas wells (methane hydrate)

 

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Ezra Y. Setiasabda (Tjung)

 

PhD Candidate

Advisor: Kenichi Soga

Research: Material point method, cyclic behavior of sand

 

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Dr. Xiang Sun

 

Research Associate

Advisor: Kenichi Soga

Research: Coupled THMC modeling, methane hydrate, and tailings dams

 

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Yang Xu

 

Visiting Scholar

Advisor: Kenichi Soga

Research: Change detection and damage evaluation in tunnels by computer vision and deep learning techniques

 

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Bingyu Zhao

 

Visiting Scholar

Advisor: Kenichi Soga

Research: City-scale road degradation analysis and modeling