• Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015.
  • Advanced Teaching Certificate, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015.
  • M.S.C.E., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012.
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 2010.

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor, University of California, Davis, 2016 – present.
  • Post-doctoral Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016.

Honors and Awards

  • DFI Young Professor Paper Competition for paper titled “Skin friction directionality in monotonically- and cyclically-loaded bio-inspired piles in sand”, 2020
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2020
  • Vic Milligan Award (runner up) for paper titled “interface response-based soil classification framework”, 2020
  • Hellman Fellowship, 2018
  • ExCEEd (Excellence in Civil Engineering Education) ASCE Fellow, 2018
  • Jean-Lou Chameau Research Excellence Award, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015.
  • George F. Sowers Distinguished Ph.D. Student Award, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015.
  • ADSC Scholarship, 2015
  • International Student Leadership Award, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014.
  • Goizueta Fellowship, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013, 2015.
  • James S. Lai Outstanding Master’s Student Award, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012.

Professional and Service Activities

  • Diversity Lead at UC Davis, NSF Center for Bio-Mediated and Bio-Inspired Geotechnics
  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Geo-Institute
  • Member, Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association
  • Member, Geo-Institute Engineering Geology and Site Characterization Committee
  • Member, Geo-Institute Soil Properties and Modeling Committee
  • Corresponding Member, ISSMGE Geomechanics from Micro to Macro Technical Committee (TC 105)
  • Member, ISSMGE Geomechanics from Tailings and Mine Wastes (TC 221)
  • Editorial Board Member, Canadian Geotechnical Journal
  • Reviewer, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Géotechnique, Géotechnique Letters, Powder Technology, Canadian Geotechnical Journal, Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, Engineering Mechanics, International Journal of Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, Acta Geotechnica, Engineering Geology, Ocean Engineering, Geotechnical Testing Journal, Journal of Aerospace Engineering, Journal of Cultural Heritage, Marine Georesources and Geotechnology, Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, Computers and Geotechnics, Geotextiles and Geomembranes, International Journal of Physical Modeling in Geotechnics, Transportation Geotechnics, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Link to professional CV