Martinez, AlejandroSoil-structure interfaces • Novel deep foundations • Soil behavior • Laboratory and numerical modelingZiotopoulou, KaterinaGeotechnical earthquake engineering • Liquefaction effects • Numerical modeling of soil-structure systems • Laboratory testing
|Abrahamson, Norman||Probabilistic seismic hazard analyses including complete statistical treatment of variability (randomness vs uncertainty).|
|Boulanger, Ross W.||Geotechnical earthquake engineering with emphases on liquefaction and its remediation • Seismic soil-pile-structure interaction • Seismic performance of earth dams and levees|
|Dafalias, Yannis F.||Development and implementation of constitutive models for engineering materials and biomaterials|
|DeJong, Jason||Geotechnical engineering • Microbial treatment of soils • Advanced in-situ characterization • Offshore foundation systems • Digital imaging and measurement techniques|
|Harvey, John||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|
|Jeremić, Boris||Computational geomechanics • Probabilistic elasto-plasticity • Parallel computing • Liquefaction and soil-foundation-structure interaction modeling and simulation|
|Kutter, Bruce L.||
Geotechnical engineering • Centrifugal modeling of geotechnical structures
Associate Director of the Center for Geotechnical Modeling • Geotechnical engineering
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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!