Maya El Kortbawi (co-advised with Professor Jason DeJong) (PhD)
Research: Upscaled Modeling of Microbially-Induced Calcite Precipitation (MICP) and Biocemented Materials for Liquefaction Mitigation
Grace Huang (co-advised with Professor George Filz, Virginia Tech) (PhD)
Research: Geosynthetic-Reinforced Column-Supported Embankments
Francisco Humire (PhD)
Sumeet Kumar Sinha (co-advised with Professor Bruce L Kutter, PhD)
Research: Validation of Design for design of Liquefaction-Induced Downdrag on Piles
Hometown: Bihar, India
Research Interests: Centrifuge Modeling, Pile Design, Soil-Pile Interaction, Computational Geo-Mechanics, Numerical Modeling, Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
Bio: Sumeet earned his Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) in Civil and Environmental Engineering with minor in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi in 2014. After graduation, he spent 10 months as a research assistant in IIT Delhi studying stochastic 1-D equivalent linear seismic ground response analysis of Delhi to verify the existing Indian Standard (IS) codal provisions and provide recommendations.
In April 2015, he joined Computational Geo-Mechanics Group at University of California, Davis. His research was focused on the study of non-linear effects in soil-structure interaction systems. He developed new non-linear normal contact and shear interface elements to accurately model the soil-structure interface for dry as well as fully/partially-saturated soil conditions. He also developed preprocessor gmESSI, post-processor pvESSI and integrated with Real ESSI Simulator to make it a complete Finite Element (FE) simulation system along with optimizing its output and parallel implementation for running large simulations. He completed his master’s degree in December 2017 and continued with Ph.D. at UC Davis but now on a more experimental side to get a holistic understanding, and experience of geotechnical engineering and practice.
Other Interests: Teaching, Sci-Fi Technologies, Cooking, NGO activities, just started learning guitar
Anthony Renmin Pretell Ductram (Masters)
Hometown: Lima, Peru
Bio: I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering at Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería (UNI) in Peru (2012). From 2013 to mid-2017, I worked as a Civil Geotechnical Engineer for Golder Associates at its Lima office (Peru) through 2015 and Denver office (U.S.) thereafter. My interests include liquefaction, site response, numerical modeling, slope stability of earth structures, and other topics especially within the field of geotechnical earthquake engineering.
Brian Morales (Undergraduate Research Assistant)
Research: Cyclic Direct Simple Shear Testing of Sands – Applications for Liquefaction
Hometown: Hayward, California
Bio: I was born and raised in the Bay Area and will receive my Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering in June 2018. I am completing depth coursework in geotech and structures and plan to complete the construction minor. I am interested in graduate studies on geotechnical engineering. Within geotechnical engineering, I am interested in earthquake engineering and its applications.