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 100 scientific papers, and serves in the ASCE Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering committee, and the Editorial Boards of Soils and Foundations Journal and Geotechnique Letters. 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.
Advanced Soil Mechanics
Soil composition and geological factors affecting engineering properties, stress and strain at a point, principle of effective stress, stress-strain relations; theories of primary and secondary consolidation, settlement; shear testing equipment, stress-strain and strength behaviour of soil under static and dynamic loading.
Constitutive Models for Soil
Introduction to continuum mechanics, basics of elastoplasticity, stress-strain behavior of geomaterials, anisotropy, monotonic and cyclic loading, critical state soil mechanics, specific constitutive models for clays and sands.
Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
Introduction to earthquakes, dynamic soil properties, local site effects, liquefaction, seismic slope stability, soil-structure-interaction, seismic design of retaining structures; advanced methods in geotechnical earthquake engineering.
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