People

We have a great team of graduate and undergraduate students, committed to research in earthquake engineering and community resilience. Contact Abbie for information about joining our group. In the meantime, read more about us below! 

 
 
 Rob Chase

Rob Chase

ROBERT CHASE, Ph.D. Student in structures

Rob's research focuses on the effects of induced earthquakes on buildings and building components in Oklahoma.  He will be presenting his work at the 2018 Structures Congress and the 11th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering.


Jakub Valigura, ph.d. student in structures

Jakub is conducting life-cycle assessment of a novel bridge system, the Hybrid-Sliding-Rocking system, and comparing it to more conventional seismic bridge designs.  He will be presenting his work at the 2018 Structures Congress. 

Jakub is co-advised by Professor Petros Sideris, Texas A&M


 Zach Bullock

Zach Bullock

Zachary Bullock, Ph.D. Student in StructuRes/GEOTECH

Zach is developing a performance-based for procedure for assessing the consequences of liquefaction and for designing liquefaction mitigation. To date, he has developed probabilistic procedures for predicting settlement and tilt of shallow-founded structures. 

Zach is co-advised by Professors Shideh Dashti and Keith Porter.


 Casie Venable

Casie Venable

Casie Venable, Ph.D. Student in civil systems

Casie is investigating housing reconstruction projects that are implemented after disasters, assessing the structural performance of the houses as well the participation of community members in design and construction. 

Casie is co-advised by Professor Amy Javernick Will.

Casie was recognized in 2018 as one of ASCE's New Faces in Civil Engineering.  Congratulations, Casie! 

 

Mohammad Salehi, Ph.D. Student in structures

Mohammad is improving our understanding of an accelerated bridge construction concept for high seismic regions, the Hybrid Sliding Rocking system. Mohammad has developed advanced numerical strategies for capturing the system's complex behavior, and is conducting some experiments on the system.

Mohammad's primary advisor is Professor Petros Sideris at Texas A&M. 

 
 Mohammad Salehi

Mohammad Salehi


 Polly Murray 

Polly Murray 

 

Polly Murray, M.S. Student in structures

Polly is modeling seismic response of reinforced concrete structures, studying residual capacity and the effect of incremental construction techniques. 


DUSTIN COOK, PH.D. Student in structures

Dustin is working on advancing seismic loss assessments, particularly comparing FEMA P-58 assessments to HAZUS and ATC 13. In addition, Dustin is contributing to a project benchmarking ASCE 41 in comparison to earthquake damage for reinforced concrete buildings.

 
 Dustin Cook

Dustin Cook


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Samantha Grey, M.S. Student in structures

Sam is studying how retrofit of nonductile concrete buildings can improve community post-earthquake outcomes.  This involves combining results of analyses of individual retrofitted buildings in a regional loss assessment framework. 

 

 

Jenny Ramirez Calderon, PH.D. Student in GEOTECH

Jenny is developing fully coupled nonlinear simulations of soil-foundation-structure systems on potentially liquefiable soils.  She is working to validate these models with centrifuge experiments, including the effect of liquefaction mitigation strategies. 

Jenny's primary advisor is Professor Shideh Dashti. 

Jenny recently wrote a blog post about her experiences at CU. Check it out here

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 Bridger Baird

Bridger Baird

BRIDGER BAIRD, B.S/M.S. Student in GEOTECH

Bridger is gathering data on damage to structures and infrastructure from induced earthquakes. 

 

BALAJI PARAMASIVAM, PH.D. Student in GEOTECH

Balaji is conducting centrifuge testing of soil-foundation-structrue systems on liquefiable soils.  He is focusing especially on understanding the impacts of mitigating liquefaction with drains, and designing a new mitigation strategy that has benefits for settlement and structural response. 

Balaji's primary advisor is Professor Shideh Dashti. 

 Balaji Paramasivam

Balaji Paramasivam


 Joel Berger 

Joel Berger 

 

JOEL BERGER, b.S/M.S. Student in STRUCTURES

Joel is studying the structural performance of post-disaster housing projects.