Academic Background

Laurea (1997) University of Padova, Italy

MS (1998) University of California, Berkeley

PhD (2001) University of California, Berkeley


Research Interests

Dynamic response of soils, earthquake engineering, seismic slope stability, experimental methods for characterization of soil behavior, numerical methods and modeling in geomechanics, soft soils, offshore geotechnics, deep soil mixing.



2006 ExCEEd New Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award      2006
American Society of Civil Engineers 

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company Excellence in Engineering Teaching Award      2005
Dwight Look College of Engineering, Texas A&M University

2004-2005 Zachry Award for Excellence in Teaching       2005
Department of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University.

National Science Foundation “CAREER” Award    2005

Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award    2000
Conferred to less than ten percent of student instructors at the University of California, Berkeley.

Fondazione “Ing. Aldo Gini”     1999
University of Padova grant for study abroad awarded to distinguished students in all fields of engineering.

Harry Bolton Seed Award     1998
Awarded to the most distinguished student in the Geotechnical Engineering Program at the University of California Berkeley.



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