Geotechnical earthquake engineering with emphases on liquefaction and its remediation • Seismic soil-pile-structure interaction • Seismic performance of earth dams and levees
Development and implementation of constitutive models for engineering materials and biomaterials
Geotechnical engineering • Microbial treatment of soils • Advanced in-situ characterization • Offshore foundation systems • Digital imaging and measurement techniques
Asphalt and concrete pavements, including design, materials, rehabilitation, life cycle, maintenance, reconstruction and performance modeling
Idriss, Izzat M.
Earthquake engineering • Earth- and rock-filled dams • Stability and deformation evaluation of soil masses during earthquake around motions
Computational geomechanics • Probabilistic elasto-plasticity • Parallel computing • Liquefaction and soil-foundation-structure interaction modeling and simulation
Geotechnical engineering • Centrifugal modeling of geotechnical structures
Associate Director of the Center for Geotechnical Modeling • Geotechnical engineering
ECI 171 Soil Mechanics
ECI 171L Soil Mechanics Laboratory
ECI 173 Foundation Design
ECI 175 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
ECI 179 Pavement Engineering
ECI 201 Introduction to Theory of Elasticity
ECI 203 Inelastic Behavior of Solids
ECI 205 Continuum Mechanics
ECI 212 Finite Element Procedures in Applied Mechanics
ECI 212B Finite Elements: Application to Linear and Nonlinear
Structural Mechanics Problems
ECI 213 Analysis of Structures Subjected to Dynamic Loads
ECI 259 Asphalt and Asphalt Mixes
ECI 280A Nonlinear Finite Elements for Elastic-Plastic Problems
ECI 280B Nonlinear Dynamic Finite Elements
ECI 281A Advanced Soil Mechanics I
ECI 281B Advanced Soil Mechanics II
ECI 282 Pavement Design and Rehabilitation
ECI 283 Physico-Chemical Properties of Soils
ECI 284 Theoretical Geomechanics
ECI 285 Computational Geomechanics
ECI 286 Advanced Foundation Design
ECI 287 Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
ECI 288 Earth and Rockfill Dams
ECI 289D Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis
Students are encouraged to take courses from Hydrologic Science, Geology, Computer Science, Mathematics and other related areas
Welcome! The Geotechnical Engineering Group at UC Davis is very active and technically diverse, with expertise among faculty and staff ranging from fundamental physical and chemical processes, to computation modeling and simulation, to full-scale engineering design. This breadth of research interests and abilities together facilitate synergistic research activities and a rich educational graduate experience.
Ongoing research projects totaling over $2M/year cover an array of topics, including geotechnical earthquake engineering, dam rehabilitation, coupled multi-phase material modeling, soil-structure interaction, pavement durability, offshore sediment characterization, and biological treatment of soils. Research is conducted using our extensive laboratory, in situ, computational, centrifuge, visualization, and field-scale testing facilities. This is highlighted by the largest centrifuge in the United States, parallel supercomputer GeoWulf and one of the largest pavement test facilities in the world. These facilities are organized and managed within several research groups.
The educational experience – at both the undergraduate and graduate levels – builds on and compliments the research activities. The academic course program takes students from the fundamentals of soil behavior to simulation and modeling, in situ testing, and design of geosystems. At the graduate level this education is especially rich as course work is integrated with research and consulting projects, as well as case histories. Graduate researchers further broader their experiences through research projects that often include presentations, collaborations, and travel.
The geotechnical group is currently accepting applications for graduate research positions, which are scheduled to begin in the summer or fall. If you are interested, please contact one of the geotechnical faculty and apply to the graduate program. It is best to have your application file complete by January 15 for admission in the fall (January 15 is a hard deadline for University Fellowship applications.) Applications for graduate school received until mid March can be considered for Teaching and Research Assistantships. Later applications might also be considered, but prospects for financial support diminish with time; the sooner you apply the better are your prospects. We are also hiring undergraduate researchers for part-time work during the school year and for full-time work during the summer. Please contact us if you are interested.
If you have further inquiries or comments please feel free to e-mail one of us!