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Professional Service

  • Chairman of the Technical Committee TC308 “Energy Geotechnics”. International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical (ISSMGE). September 2013 - present.
  • Member of the Unsaturated Soils Committee. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). January 2010 – present.
  • Member of the Soil Properties and Modeling Committee. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). March 2011 – present.
  • Member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). July 2010 – present.
  • Member of the American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA). May 2013 to present.
  • Invited instructor by “Plaxis bv” (http://www.plaxis.nl/) for the “Summer Plaxis Advanced Course on Computational Geotechnics”. New York, 27th to 29th Jun, 2012.

Committee Service and Sessions Chair

  • Session Organizer:
    • Co-organizer of the Track: “Geo-Engineering for Energy and Sustainability”. XV Pan-American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 15th to 18th Nov. 2015. I am coordinating the organization of this track; which consists of three components: one Keynote Lecture, one Panel Session and two Technical Sessions. Organizers: Marcelo Sanchez, Guillermo Narsilio (The University of Melbourne, Australia), Jose Alvarellos (Repsol Oil Company, Spain) and Leonardo Guimarães (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil).
    • Co-convener of the session: “Session ID 1457: Hydrate bearing soils: characterization, modeling and geomechanical implications”. American Geophysical Union Fall 2014 Meeting, December 2014, San Francisco, California. Conveners: Jeen-Shang Lin (University of Pittsburgh), Yongkoo Seol (NETL, DOE) and Marcelo Sanchez
    • Co-organizer of the Session: “Modeling Coupled Hydro-Mechanical-Thermal-Chemical Processes” 20th International Conference on Computational Methods in Water Resources (CMWR 2014) Stuttgart, Germany (9th to 13th Jun., 2014). Organizers: Marcelo Sanchez and Carl Steefel (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
    • Co-convener of the session: “MR012: Mudstone Multiphysics: Matrix to Fractures and Back Again”. American Geophysical Union Fall 2012 Meeting, December 2012, San Francisco, California. Conveners: Thomas Dewers (Sandia National Laboratory), Jason Heath (Sandia National Laboratory) Dr. Peter Eichhubl (Bureau of Economic Geology, Texas University), and Marcelo Sanchez.
    • Co-organizer of the Panel Session: “Impact of Desiccation Cracking and Tensile Strength on the Stability and Performance of Slopes and Embankments”, which took place during the 2013 Geo-Congress: Stability and Performance of Slopes and Embankments III. San Diego, California. 3rd to 6th Mar. 2013. Organizers: Marcelo Sanchez, Louis Ge (National Taiwan University of Science and Technology), Kuo-Hsin Yang (National Taiwan University of Science and Technology) and Lyesse Laloui (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology).
    • Co-organizer of two Technical Sessions on “Impact of Desiccation Cracking and Tensile Strength on the Stability and Performance of Slopes and Embankments”; which took place during the 2013 Geo-Congress: Stability and Performance of Slopes and Embankments III. San Diego, California 3rd to 6th Mar. 2013. Organizers: Marcelo Sanchez, Louis Ge (National Taiwan University of Science and Technology), Kuo-Hsin Yang (National Taiwan University of Science and Technology) and Lyesse Laloui (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology).
  • International conferences. Committee service:
    • XV Pan-American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. Buenos Aires. 15th to 18th Nov. 2015. Member of the international advisory committee.
    • 4th Unsaturated Soils: Research & Applications. Sydney, Australia. 2nd to 4th Jul. 2014. Member of the international advisory committee
    • 1st Pan-American Conference on Unsaturated Soils. Cartagena, Colombia, 20th to 22nd Feb. 2013. Member of the international advisory committee.
    • 2nd European Conference on Unsaturated Soils. Naples, Italy. 20th to 22nd Jun. 2012. Member of the international advisory committee.
    • 5th International Conference on Unsaturated Soils. Barcelona, Spain. 6th to 8th Sep. 2010. Member of the international advisory committee.
    • 5th Workshop New Frontiers on Computational Geotechnics. Brisbane, Australia. 26th to 27th Jul. 2010. Member of the international advisory committee.
    • 4th Asian Pacific Conference on Unsaturated Soils. Newcastle, Australia. 23rd to 25th Nov. 2009. Member of the international advisory committee.
    • 2nd International Workshop on Geotechnics of Soft Soils. Glasgow UK. 3rd to 5th Sep. 2008. Member of the local organizing committee.
    • 1st European Conference on Unsaturated Soils. Durham United Kingdom. 30th Jun. - 4th Jul. 2008. Member of the scientific committee.
    • International Conference on Geotechnical and Highway Engineering, GEOTROPIKA 2008. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 25th to 28th May 2008. Member of the international advisory committee.
    • GeoShanghai 2010, Shanghai, China. Jul. 2010. Guest Reviewer
    • Geo-Denver 2007. Geo-Congress, Geo-Institute – ASCE. Denver, USA. Feb. 2007. Guest Reviewer
  • Session chairman and panelist:
    • Chairman of the three sessions on “Modeling Coupled Hydro-Mechanical-Thermal-Chemical Processes” (Sessions 19). 20th International Conference on Computational Methods in Water Resources (CMWR 2014) Stuttgart, Germany (9th to 13th Jun., 2014).
    • Invited Panelist at the “Energy Geotechnique panel” hold during the PGS Workshop on Energy Geotechnics. Purdue University. 6th Apr. 2014.
    • Chairman of the Panel Session: “Impact of Desiccation Cracking and Tensile Strength on the Stability and Performance of Slopes and Embankments”, which took place during the 2013 Geo-Congress: Stability and Performance of Slopes and Embankments III. San Diego, California. 3rd to 6th March, 2013.
    • Chairman of a Technical Sessions on “Impact of Desiccation Cracking and Tensile Strength on the Stability and Performance of Slopes and Embankments”; which took place during the 2013 Geo-Congress: Stability and Performance of Slopes and Embankments III. San Diego, California 3rd to 6th March, 2013.
    • Chairman of Session: “Coupled hydro-mechanical and chemical analysis of saturated and unsaturated soils and rock”. 1st Pan-American Conference on Unsaturated Soils. Cartagena, Colombia. February 2013
    • Chairman of Session: “Environmental Geotechnics”. 2nd European Conference on Unsaturated Soils, Naples, Italy. July 2012.
    • Chairman of Session: ‘Mechanical Characterization’. 4th Asian Pacific Conference on Unsaturated Soils’. Newcastle, Australia. November 2009.
    • Chairman of Session ‘Constitutive Modelling I’. 1st European Conference on Unsaturated Soils. Durham Unites Kingdom, July 2008.
    • Co-Chairman of Session 03B: ‘Hydration/Dehydration’. ANDRA Symposium: Using Natural and Engineered Clay-based Barriers for the Containment of Radioactive Waste. Tours, France. March (2005).
    • Secretary of Session 6: ‘Stability Analysis and Tunnels’. Discussion Leader: Prof. G.N. Pande. International Workshop of Young Doctors in Geomechanics 2002. Paris, France. December, 2002.

University Service

  • Faculty Advisor of the Texas A&M University - Geo-Institute of ASCE. August 2013 – present.
  • Associated faculty of Center for Tectonophysics, TAMU -. September 2011 – present.
  • Texas A&M Energy Institute – Faculty member. October 2011 – present.

International Journal Editorial Board Member

  • • Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (JRMGE). Elsevier

Reviewer for Technical Journals and Research Proposals

  • Journals:
    • International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics.
    • Géotechnique.
    • Water Resources Research.
    • Computer and Geotechnics.
    • Canadian Geotechnical Journal.
    • Engineering Geology.
    • Physics and Chemistry of the Earth.
    • Applied Clay Science.
    • Annals of the Brazilian. Academy of Sciences.
    • Journal of Hydrology.
    • Journal of Structural Geology.
    • Boletín Geológico y Minero (Spain)
    • Journal of Contaminant Hydrology.
    • Geotechnical Testing Journal
    • Soils and Foundations
    • Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
    • Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering
    • Proceeding of the Royal Society (UK)
    • Journal of Testing and Evaluation
    • Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities
    • International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences.
    • Géotechnique Letters.
    • Environmental Geotechnics.
    • Computers & Geosciences
    • Journal of Engineering Mechanics
    • Journal of Geotechnical and Geological Engineering
    • International Journal of Geomechanics
  • Proposals:
    • NSF: Geomechanics and Geomaterials Program. Proposal reviewer (two years).
    • DOE: Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP). Proposal reviewer (two years).
    • NSF: Geomechanics and Geomaterials Program. Panelist.
    • NSF: Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Panelist
    • DOE: Office of Basic Energy Sciences. Geosciences Research Program. Proposal Reviewer, 2011.
    • The Leverhulme Trust, UK. Proposal reviewer (1 proposal), February 2011.
    • Dutch Technology Foundation (STW). The Netherlands.

Other Recent Activities

  • Guest Lectures:
    • University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, US. (01/24/2013)
    • Universidade Federal de Pernanbuco, Recife-Brazil (05/2013);
    • Universidade Estadual Paulista Bauru, Brazil. (05/2013)
    • Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque-US (01/2012 and 10/2012);
    • University of Texas at San Antonio (02/2011);
    • Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque-US (01/2011);
    • Universidade Federal de Pernanbuco, Recife-Brazil (08/2010);
    • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, San Francisco-US (06/2010);
    • The University of Western Australia, Perth-Australia (11/2009);
    • University of Glasgow, Glasgow-UK (11/08);
    • Universidade Federal de Pernanbuco, Recife-Brazil (07/2008);
    • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston-US (03/2008);
    • Universidade Federal de Pernanbuco, Recife-Brazil (08/2007);
    • Universidade de Brasilia, Brazilia-Brazil (06/2007);
    • University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (02/2007);
    • Durham University, Durham-UK (11/2006);
    • National Univ. of Tucuman, Tucuman- Argentina (07/2006);
    • Tongji University, Shanghai-China (05/2006)
    • Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS), Surabaya-Indonesia. (03/2006);
    • University Teknologi Malaysa, Johor Darul Ta’Zim- Malaysia (03/2006).
  • Goizueta Visiting Professor, Georgia-Tech., Atlanta, USA: May 09 (1 week); Apr 08 (1 week).
  • Short course on “Modeling of coupled THM problems”. Georgia-Tech. Nov 07 (1 week).
  • Visiting lecturer ITS, Surabaya, Indonesia (03/06; 2 weeks)

External Examiner/Reviewer of PhD Theses

  • Benjamin Michael Shannon, PhD thesis title: ‘Fracture propagation of cohesive soils under tensile loading and desiccation’. External examiner. Monash University. Australia. Nov. 2013.
  • Khaled Khalil Altarawne, PhD thesis title: ‘Experimental and Numerical Studies of Diffusion in Geomaterials’. External examiner. The University of Newcastle. Australia. Jul. 2011.
  • Annan Zhou, PhD thesis title: ‘Constitutive Modelling of Hydromechanical Behaviour of Unsaturated Soils’. External examiner. The University of Newcastle. Australia. Jun. 2011.
  • Abel Jacinto, PhD thesis title: ‘Numerical modeling of clay barrier for nuclear waste disposal at high temperature’. External examiner. School of Civil Engineering, Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). Barcelona, Spain. Sep. 2010.
  • Lakshmikantha, M. R. PhD thesis title: ‘Experimental and theoretical analysis of cracking in drying soils’. External examiner. School of Civil Engineering Technical, University of Catalonia (UPC). Barcelona, Spain. Apr. 2009
  • Francesco Cecinato. PhD thesis title: ‘Thermo-poro-mechanical modelling of large-scale landslides’. External examiner. School of Civil Engineering, University of Southampton UK. Marc. 2009.
  • Sérgio Lourenço PhD thesis title: ‘Suction measurements and water retention in unsaturated soils’. External examiner. Durham University, Durham, UK. Aug. 2008.
  • Iván Rafael Berdugo De Moya. PhD thesis title: ‘Tunnelling in sulphate-bearing rocks – expansive phenomena’. External reviewer. Technical University of Catalonia, Spain. Dec. 2007.
  • Salvatore Castagna. PhD thesis title: ‘Thermo Hydraulic Behaviour of Unsaturated Salt Aggregates’, External examiner. School of Civil Engineering, Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). Barcelona, Spain. May 2007.
  • Liange Zheng. PhD thesis title: ‘Coupled Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical-Geochemical modes for deformed structured porous media’. External examiner. University of La Coruña, A Coruña, Spain. Nov. 2006.
  • Dorival Pedroso. PhD thesis title: ‘Mathematical representation of the mechanical cyclic behaviour of saturated and unsaturated soils’. University of Brasilia, Brasilia, Brazil. Sep. 2006.
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