Research Team at CIEST

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POST-DOCTORAL SCHOLARS:

Dr. Juan Carlos Tiznado Aitken

Dual PhD from CU Boulder and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Research Topic: Performance-Based Design of Compacted Stone Columns in Embankments Founded on Liquefiable Deposits.


Dr. Sara Glade 

Phd from UC Berkeley

Research Topic: Resilience, Sustainability, and Justice in Infrastructure of Incarceration (funded through the college IRT-RISE)


PHD STUDENTS:

Yu-Wei Hwang

PhD Student

Research Topic: Numerical modeling of structure-soil-structure interaction on liquefiable soils and effects of mitigation in urban settings


Hailey Rae Rose

MS-PhD Student

Doctoral Research Topic: Centrifuge modeling of jointed pipelines subject to axial loading.


Lianne Brito

MS-PhD Student

Doctoral Research Topic: Formation of ejecta in interlayered liquefiable deposits.


Caroline Bessette

PhD Student

Doctoral Research Topic: Mitigation of liquefaction in interlayered deposits with dense granular columns.


Jacob Klingaman

MS-PhD Student

Research Topic: TBD


UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH SUPERVISION

Ms. Joelle Westcott (Since Summer 2019)

Ms. Daniarely Loma Jasso (Summer 2017)

Ms. Isabel McLeod (Summer 2017)

Ms. Samantha Guillies (Sept. 2016 to May 2017)

Mr. Luciano De Oliveira Souza (November 2015 to Sept. 2016)

Mr. Leonardo Soligo Gomes (November 2015 to Sept. 2016)

Mr. Matthew Egeler (Sept. 2015 to May 2016)

Ms. Rebecca Scheetz (August 2014 to May 2016)

Mr. Tiago De Oliveira Almeida (Summer 2014)

The Summer Multicultural Access to Research Training (SMART) Program

Mr. Joshua McDuffie (Summer 2018)

Ms. Lianne Brito (Summer 2016)

Ms. Jalila Elfejji (Summer 2014)

Mr. Frias Miguel (Summer 2013)

Mr. Christian G. Hernandez Negron (Summer 2012)


PAST GRADUATE STUDENTS

Dr. Zachary Bullock, PhD in Geotechnical and Structural Engineering, 2020 (Dissertation topic: Performance-based Evaluation and Mitigation of Liquefaction near Buildings.) — Current appointment: Assistant Professor at University of British Columbia, Canada.

Dr. Juan Carlos Tiznado Aitken, Dual PhD from CU Boulder and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in Geotechnical Engineering, 2020 (Dissertation topic: Performance-Based Design of Compacted Stone Columns in Embankments Founded on Liquefiable Deposits.) — Current appointment: Assistant Professor at Pontificia Universidad Caolica de Chile.

Dr. Jenny Ramírez Calderón, PhD in Geotechnical Engineering, 2019 (Dissertation topic: Numerical Modeling of the Influence of Different Liquefaction Remediation Strategies on the Performance of Potentially Inelastic Structures.) — Current appointment: GeoSyntec Consultants (Washington DC).

Dr. Mahir Badanagki, PhD in Geotechnical Engineering, 2019 (Dissertation topic: Influence of Dense Granular Columns on the Seismic Performance of Level and Gently Sloped Liquefiable Sites.) — Current appointment: Golder Associates (Colorado).

Dr. Balaji Paramsivam, PhD in Geotechnical Engineering, 2018 (Dissertation topic: Influence of Traditional and Innovative Liquefaction Mitigation Strategies on the Performance of Soil-Structure Systems, Considering Soil Heterogeneity) — Current appointment: Fugro West Inc. (San Francisco Bay Area).

Dr. Juan Carlos Olarte Guarin, PhD in Geotechnical Engineering, 2017 (Dissertation topic: Influence of ground densification with drainage control on the performance of shallow-founded structures) 

Dr. Zana Karimi, PhD in Geotechnical Engineering, 2016 (Dissertation topic: A Numerical and experimental study of seismic soil-structure interaction on liquefiable ground) — Current appointment: AECOM (Denver, CO).

Dr. Ashkaan Hushmand, PhD in Geotechnical Engineering, 2016 (Dissertation topic: Seismic response of water reservoir structures, a centrifuge experimental study) — Current appointment: Hushmand Associates, Inc. (Irvine, CA)

Dr. Kenneth Gillis, PhD in Geotechnical Engineering, 2015 (Dissertation topic: Seismic response of shallow underground structures in dense urban environments) — Current appointment: Science/Engineering Instructor at Boulder Prep High School (Colorado)


Mr. Raniero Beber under the bi-lateral agreement between the University of Colorado Boulder and University of Trento in Italy, 2016-17 (Thesis topic: Site Response in Liquefiable Layered Deposits Considering Spatial Variability in Hydraulic Conductivity)

Mr. Jacopo Zannin under the bi-lateral agreement between the University of Colorado Boulder and University of Trento in Italy, 2015-16 (Thesis topic: Centrifuge Modeling of Site Response on Liquefiable Ground)

Ms. Christina Jones, MS in Geotechnical Engineering, 2015 (Thesis topic: Seismic response of temporary braced excavations near tall buildings)

Mr. David Provost, MS in Geotechnical Engineering, 2015 (Thesis topic: Dynamic properties of Nevada Sand under sinusoidal and irregular cyclic loading)

Mr. Cyrus Hoda, MS in Geotechnical Engineering, 2015 (Report topic: State of knowledge and practice in liquefaction remediation)

Mr. Kenneth Gillis, MS in Geotechnical Engineering, 2013 (Thesis topic: Dynamic calibration of tactile sensors for measurement of soil pressures in centrifuge)

Mr. Devon McLay, MS in Geotechnical Engineering, 2013 (Thesis topic: Performance of a buried reservoir structure under earthquake loading)


PAST POST-DOCS & RESEARCH ASSOCIATES

Dr. April Bowman, Post-doctoral Scholar, 2018-2019 — Current appointment: Army Corp of Engineer (ERDC)

Dr. Peter Kirkwood, Post-doctoral Scholar, 2016-2018 — Current appointment: Taylor & Tomkin (Christchurch, New Zealand)

Dr. Zana Karimi, Post-doctoral Scholar, 2016-2017 — Current appointment: AECOM (Denver, CO).

Dr. Derya Deniz, Post-doctoral Scholar, 2014-2015 — Current appointment: Assistant Professor at Ozyegin University (Turkey)

Dr. Min Zhang, Research Associate and Centrifuge Engineer, 2012-2015 — Current appointment: GSG consultants (Chicago).

Dr. Majid Ghayoomi, Research Associate, 2011-2012 — Current appointment: Associate Professor at University of New Hampshire.

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