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.
Note (April 2020): I will not be accepting new graduate students until the September 2021 term, for which I will begin reviewing applications in Fall 2020. Thank you for your interest.
Like most research groups, we in the Theoretical & Applied Gemechanics (TAG) research group at UBC are continuously searching for new graduate students. We typically admit one or two PhD students a year in the areas of computational geomechanics and geotechnical earthquake engineering. The candidate must hold an M.Sc. degree in geotechnical engineering and must have solid knowledge in applied mechanics and continuum and/or discrete element modeling (computation and program development). Consideration will be given to candidates with a proven record of relevant academic background. The candidate must be able to work in a team since she/he will interact closely with several members of a multi-disciplinary research group. The ideal candidate would be skilled in some of the following areas:
- Finite element, finite difference, material point method or other numerical methods for solving boundary value problems in solid mechanics;
- Discrete element modeling of granular systems;
- Knowledge in mechanics and constitutive modeling of geomaterial;
- Proficiency in a programming language (C++, Fortran, Python) would be an asset;
- Ability to write technical reports and to communicate effectively in professional and technical meetings.
If you meet the above qualifications, you are invited to send a preliminary application including a statement of interest to email@example.com citing Job Reference "DOCTORAL2021" in the subject line. This statement should include:
- a letter summarizing your relevant qualifications for this position and your reasons on why you fit the position,
- current resume,
- latest publications in (or submissions to) peer-reviewed journals/conferences, and
- contact information of 2 or 3 potential references.
After reviewing the preliminary applications, those candidates who fit best for these positions will be contacted and encouraged to formally apply by Jan 31, 2021 through https://www.civil.ubc.ca/admissions/graduate-admissions. The final decision on the admissions will be communicated only after the full formal application is reviewed. The successful applicants will be admitted with a funding commitment by the faculty. If you have an external fellowship that provides funding for you (e.g., an NSERC Fellowship), please make that clear in your application as it makes it easier for an advisor to commit to admitting you.
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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