Teaching

My teaching goal is to 1) developing effective teaching strategies to propagate the advanced concepts in soil modeling together with the governing physical principles into graduate and undergraduate level courses; 2) retaining a diverse group of competent and innovative students who can tackle the interdisciplinary and global challenges involving complex coupled problems.

CVEN 3708 GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING I

Fall 2018

To introduce the terminology, basic principles and theories, analytical methods and laboratory techniques in soil mechanics for geotechnical and foundation engineering. Geotechnical engineers work on problems involving soils and rocks and their interaction with structures. This is a broad field requiring the integration of analysis, critical thinking and judgment, site-specific testing, empirical evidence, and knowledge of geology. Every geotechnical project is unique and challenging because of the uncertainties involved. This course will provide the foundation for geotechnical analyses.

CVEN 5708 SOIL MECHANICS

Fall 2016, 2017

The course covers the theoretical aspects of soil mechanics. Topics of discussion include the basics of indicial notation, soil strength characteristics, linear/ nonlinear isotropic and anisotropic elasticity, theory of plasticity and its application on soil modeling, critical state concept and Cam-Clay model, and advanced constitutive models for soils. Poroelasticity and viscoelasticity are covered briefly at the end of the course for research-oriented students.

CVEN 7718 ENGINEERING PROPERTIES OF SOILS

Spring 2018

The course focuses on engineering application of soil mechanics principles. Topics of discussion include shear strength, compression and consolidation behaviors of soil, and experimental techniques and field tests determining these properties. Students will also be trained to use commercial Finite Element packages to study geotechnical engineering case histories.