Recording of the second workshop on the research initiated in the aftermath of the 2021 Marshall Fire in Boulder County, Colorado, organized by CONVERGE and RISE:

Our GEER team featured by CU Boulder Today, the Colorado Public Radio, and KGNU:

Green Walls//Drones Study Marshall Fire//Volunteering to GET COVID

Congratulations to our PhD student, Ms. Caroline Bessette, for receiving the prestigious “Alexander Graham Bell Graduate Scholarship” from Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). This award is highly competitive and is given to the top ranked postgraduate doctoral applicants from Canada. We are so excited to have Caroline in our program and wish her all the best during her PhD in the coming years.

Caroline Bessette, PhD Student, CU Boulder

Congratulations to our PhD student, Ms. Lianne Brito, for receiving the National Science Foundation’s prestigious award: the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Well done Lianne, and looking forward to your upcoming research and awesome work at CIEST in the next few years.

Lianne Brito, MS-PhD Student, CU Boulder

Congratulations to Drs. Zachary Bullock and Juan Carlos Tiznado (our group’s recent graduates) for securing tenure track faculty positions at University of British Columbia (Canada) and Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (Chile), respectively.

Three new interdisciplinary research themes that will expand collaborative work across all disciplines, departments, and centers in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at CU Boulder will start this summer. One theme is led by Shideh Dashti, titled: Resilient Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity.

Congratulations soon-to-be Dr. Zachary Bullock, for successfully defending your dissertation titled “A Framework for Performance-Based Evaluation of Liquefaction Effects on Buildings,” with committee members: S. Dashti, A. Liel, K. Porter (CU), S. Kramer (UW), J. Stewart (UCLA).

CU Boulder’s Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering (CEAE) department offers a new fellowship program sponsored by the Graduate Assistantships in Areas of National Need (GAANN) from the Department of Education (2019-2024).

More information:

A group of outstanding students recruited and funded through GAANN will begin their doctoral program on August 26th (two working in our group).

Our group and CU Boulder was well represented at the 7th International Conf. in Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering in Rome (7ICEGE) and the 2nd International Conference on Natural Hazards and Infrastructure in Crete (ICONHIC): Juan Carlos Tiznado, April Bowman, Jenny Ramirez, Profs. Ross Corotis, Brad Wham, and Shideh Dashti had 3 theme lectures and 5 oral presentations on topics spanning: stability of embankments, liquefaction assessment and mitigation, mitigation of liquefaction in urban settings, resilience of pipelines, and decision making for natural hazards and community resilience.

Schedule of Spring 2019 seminars/lectures by Prof. Dashti on current and upcoming research at CU-Boulder & CIEST:

April 2nd, ETH-Zurich (Switzerland)
April 10th, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II (Italy)
April 12th, University of Pescara (Italy)
April 26th, NGI (Oslo, Norway)
May 2nd, Politecnico Di Torino (Italy)
May 3rd, Scuola Universitaria Superiore Pavia & Rose School (Italy)
May 14th, Imperial College London (UK)
May 15th, Cambridge University (UK)
June 11th, EPFL (Switzerland)

20190426_113311Additional talks will be announced soon.

Prof. Dashti will be on sabbatical as visiting professor at ETH-Zurich from January through August of 2019. Her active email addresses during this time:

Congratulations to Dr. Mahir Badanagki, for graduating today. We will miss you, and wish you all the very best in your new job and career.


Congratulations to Drs. Jenny Ramirez and Balaji Paramasivam for finishing their doctoral degree. You will be greatly missed.


Congratulations to Juan Carlos Tiznado Aitken, our latest user of the CIEST centrifuge facility, for successfully passing his PhD comprehensive exam today.

Advisors: Shideh Dashti and Christian Ledezma. Committee members: Abbie Liel and Rich Regueiro (CU Boulder); Scott Brandenberg (UCLA); Kevin Franke (Brigham Young U).

Congratulations to soon-to-be Dr. Jenny Ramirez Calderon, who successfully defended her dissertation on December 13th, tilted “Performance of inelastic structures on mitigated and unmitigated liquefiable soils: evaluation of numerical simulations with centrifuge tests.”

Advisors: Shideh Dashti & Abbie Liel.

Committee members: Rich Regueiro (CU Boulder); Pedro Arduino (Univ. of Washington); Guido Camata (Univ. of Pescara, Italy)

Another paper resulting from collaboration between our team with Prof. Hashash’s team at University of Illinois and colleagues at ARUP San Francisco, recently published in ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and GeoEnvironmental Engineering, was selected as Editor’s choice:

The paper includes results from a series of centrifuge experiments and numerical simulations investigating the influence of tall buildings on the seismic performance of shallow underground structures in urban environments.

Paper by our team (Balaji Paramasivam, Shideh Dashti, and Abbie Liel) published in ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and GeoEnvironmental Engineering was selected as Editor’s choice:

CU Boulder’s Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering (CEAE) department has a new fellowship program for doctoral students, sponsored by the Graduate Assistantships in Areas of National Need (GAANN) from the Department of Education: “Integrative Reengineering of Infrastructure for Tomorrow’s Communities”.

There are research opportunities with Dr. Dashti and other collaborators under this program. For more information on the fellowship and how to apply, please visit our website or contact Dr. Dashti directly:

Collaborative National Science Foundation Research: GEER Post Disaster Reconnaissance

Profs. David Frost (Georgia Institute of Technology), Jonathan Stewart (UCLA), and Shideh Dashti (CU Boulder) received NSF funding to continue documenting and learning from observations after “extreme events”, which is central to advancing the state of the art in multi-hazards infrastructure engineering. For more details:

Shideh Dashti presenting at the Kenji Ishihara Colloquium Series on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering.

Friday, August 24, 2018
San Diego State University, Hardy Memorial Tower (HT-140)
San Diego, CA

Topic: Physics-Informed Semi-Empirical Probabilistic Models for Predicting Building Settlement and Tilt on Liquefiable Ground

Please contact Dr. Dashti ( to obtain a copy of related papers and spreadsheet for using their new probabilistic procedures.

Our team presenting papers and posters at the 4th Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics (GEESDIV) Conference in Austin, TX (2018) — Brad Wham, Zana Karimi, Jenny Ramirez, Mahir Badanagki, Balaji Paramasivam, and Shideh Dashti.

Our wonderful PhD student and user of the centrifuge facility, soon to be Dr. Balaji Paramasivam, successfully defended his PhD dissertation today (July 13th, 2018). His committee members: Professors S. Dashti, A. Liel, W. Srubar (from CU Boulder), E. Rathje (UT Austin), and S. Brandenberg (UCLA).


CU Boulder faculty (Profs. Keith Porter, Abbie Liel, Ross Corotis, Shideh Dashti, and Brad Wham), students, and alumni giving lectures, participating in panels, and competitions at 11NCEE in Los Angeles, CA.

Drs. Maria Koliou (Texas A&M University), Shideh Dashti (University of Colorado Boulder), Keri Ryan (University of Nevada-Reno), and Chris Pantelides (University of Utah) have been awarded a RAPID grant (CMMI 1829433) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to investigate the seismic resilience of wood frame building systems on soils with surrounding pipelines and explore the efficiency of various seismic retrofit/repair solutions in enhancing urban community resilience.

This grant will allow researchers from the United States and Japan to collaborate as a team to conduct experimental seismic studies on wood frame building systems and their interaction with soil and surrounding pipelines. The systems will be tested on the world’s largest earthquake shake table (E-Defense) in Miki, Japan, in early 2019.

Ms. Jenny Ramirez, a PhD student in our team, won the “2018 Teacher Program Award for Excellence in Academic Leadership” at Univ. of Colorado Boulder. Congratulations Jenny. A wonderful and well-deserved honor.


Mr. Zachary Bullock (PhD student in our team) presented his research (performance-based approach to estimating settlement and tilt of structures on liquefiable soils) at GNS in New Zealand (February 2018)

Dr. Juan Olarte (a member of our team) finished his doctoral studies (Dec. 2017)

Shideh Dashti Honored with Casagrande Award (ASCE)

ASCE has honored Shideh Dashti, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE, with the 2018 Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award for her outstanding contributions to infrastructure risk assessment and mitigation, including seismic soil-structure interaction in urban areas, influence of liquefaction on structures, liquefaction mitigation strategies for structures and slopes, and interdependencies among the social, information, and physical infrastructures during floods.

UCLA and Colorado School of Mines —  Seminar by our team on a new probabilistic model for predicting building settlement and tilt (work by Dr. Zana Karimi and Mr. Zachary Bullock).

ASCE-GI seminar by our team on a new probabilistic model for predicting building settlement (work by Dr. Zana Karimi and Mr. Zachary Bullock):

August 17th, 6pm, Warnock Engineering Building, Room L103, University of Utah.

GEER Responds to the Kumamoto, Japan Earthquakes to Document their Impacts

GAANN Fellowship Program Toward Engineering Resilience (2015-2020)

The department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering (CEAE) at University of Colorado Boulder currently is now hosting a GAANN (Graduate Assistantships in Areas of National Need) fellowship program geared toward engineering resilience. For more information on the program, faculty involved, and the application process:

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NSF Early CAREER Award: Toward a New Paradigm in Evaluating and Mitigating Urban Liquefaction (2015-2020)

Principal Investigator: Shideh Dashti

NSF Initiative: RIPS Type 1 —  The Interdependence of Built, Social, and Information Infrastructures for Community Resilience: A Participatory Process (2014-2015)

Principal Investigators: Abbie Liel, Leysia Palen, Bruce Goldstein, Shideh Dashti, and Amy Javernick-Will

NSF Initiative to Investigate the Performance of Buildings on Liquefiable Soils and the Effect of Remediation Strategies (2014-2017)

Principal Investigators: Shideh Dashti and Abbie Liel

IMPART Fellowship Award: Locating Underrepresented Perspectives in Environmental Design Curriculum and Pedagogy (2014)

NSF (NEES) Initiative to Investigate the Seismic Response of Shallow Underground Structures in Dense Urban Environments (2011-2015)

Principal Investigators: Shideh Dashti and Youssef Hashash

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Initiative to Investigate the Seismic Response of Buried Water Reservoir Structures via Centrifuge Modeling (2011-2014)

Principal Investigators: John McCartney and Shideh Dashti

Our study on the use of tweets for disaster reconnaissance on the news:

iShake on the News:

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