Research Interests

My research interests are in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, Soil Dynamics, Geomechanics, Constitutive Modeling, Numerical simulations and Centrifuge Testing. Particularly, I focus on studying: the mechanical behavior of soil under earthquake loading; how ground motion propagates through soil profiles (site response); and how the topography of a site can affect its response.

The goal of all my research projects is not only to advance the state of knowledge in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering but also to provide tools to engineers. For instance, I am interested in developing robust constitutive models that capture the complex behavior of soils under both static and dynamic loading. My philosophy is that to create a good model, one should identify the driving mechanisms of the soil behavior and describe it with well known engineering parameters. I strive to create models that practitioners can use in their daily routine.

Current Research Projects:

A Visco-Plastic Model for 1D Ground Response

Constitutive Modeling of Sensitive Clays

Seismically Induced Landslides in Sensitive Clays

Previous Research Projects:

Levees and Earthquakes: Averting an Impending Disaster

3D Constitutive Model for Site Response Analysis