Dr. Mahdi Taiebat received his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from University of California at Davis in 2008, and his M.Sc. and B.Sc. degrees in Civil Engineering from Iran's Sharif University in 2003 and 2001, respectively. He joined the UBC Department of Civil Engineering in July 2009. His contributions in geotechnical research, professional practice, and education are primarily in the areas of theoretical and computational geomechanics, with focus on constitutive modeling and applications in geotechnical and earthquake engineering. He leads the Theoretical & Applied Geomechanics (TAG) research group at UBC, has co-authored over 70 scientific papers, and serves in the ASCE Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering committee, and the Editorial Board of the Soils and Foundations Journal. He has spent a postdoctoral year at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI) in 2008-09, and a sabbatical year at MIT in 2015-16. He has received the UC Davis Excellence in Geotechnical Engineering Award in 2007, the Professor Appreciation Award from the UBC Civil Engineering Undergraduate Club in 2011, the Norman Medal of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2012, and the NSERC DAS Award in 2015. He gave a keynote presentation at the Colombian Conference on Earthquake Engineering in 2017.
Theoretical and computational geomechanics, constitutive modeling of engineering materials, physics and mechanics of granular materials, geotechnical earthquake engineering, static and dynamic soil-structure interaction.
Soil Mechanics I
Soil classification, principle of effective stress, analysis of seepage, filter criteria, introduction to shear strength and slope stability analysis.
Constitutive Models for Soil
Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
Local site effects, soil-structure-interaction, liquefaction, seismic slope stability, seismic design of retaining structures; advanced methods in geotechnical earthquake engineering.
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