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.
Theoretical and computational geomechanics, constitutive modeling of engineering materials, physics and mechanics of granular materials, geotechnical earthquake engineering, static and dynamic soil-structure interaction.
Thank you for your interest in joining our Theoretical & Applied Geomechanics (TAG) research team.
Prospective MASc and PhD Students:
We are always looking for bright and motivated individuals with a diversity of perspectives, backgrounds, cultures, and personalities.
Successful applicants must 1) distinguish themselves academically, 2) demonstrate passion for geomechanics and geotechnical earthquake engineering, 3) have good communication skills (for international students, minimum TOEFL or IELTS scores of 100 or 7, respectively), and 4) be independent and creative thinkers.
The ideal MASc candidate would have proficiency in a programming language (C++, Fortran, Python) and competency in solid, fluid, and soil mechanics. The ideal PhD candidate would be skilled in at least one of the following areas: a) FEM, FDM, MPM for solid mechanics (computation and/or program development); b) DEM for granular systems (computation and/or program development); c) Knowledge in mechanics and constitutive modeling of geomaterial. The PhD applicants must also have published at least one paper in a well-respected peer-reviewed journal.
If you meet the above qualifications, you are invited to e-mail a preliminary application with "GRADUATE-TAG" in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org. The preliminary application should include the following in a single pdf file.
- A one-page (maximum) statement outlining your relevant qualifications as a graduate research student in geomechanics or geotechnical earthquake engineering, and why you are interested in the type of research done by our team.
- A brief CV (3 pages maximum) to include the contact information of two references.
After reviewing the preliminary applications, potential candidates will be contacted and encouraged to formally apply by Jan 31,2022 (deadline for admission in September 2022). In any given year, 2 to 4 outstanding MASc or PhD candidates are selected to join the team. Please indicate in your Statement if you have (or are eligible for) an external fellowship (e.g., an NSERC Fellowship).
The final decision on the admissions will be communicated only after the full formal application is reviewed. More information about funding is available here: https://www.civil.ubc.ca/academic-programs/graduate-program/funding.
Prospective Postdoctoral Fellows:
We are only looking for postdocs with previous experience in a topic related to our research areas, so that they will be able to be productive and somewhat independent. If you think that you would be a productive contributor to our group as a postdoc, please e-mail me with the subject "POSTDOC-TAG" and include a concise explanation of how you would contribute to our group and an example of your prior research work (e.g., a notable publication).
Prospective Visiting Graduate Students:
We do not have the capacity to host short-term visiting students. If there is a compelling reason why you think we might make an exception to this policy (e.g., your research advisor has an ongoing collaboration with us), then please provide a concise explanation at the start of your e-mail when you contact us.
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
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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