Dr. Mahdi Taiebat received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Civil Engineering from Iran's Sharif University of Technology in 2001 and 2003 and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Davis in 2008 for study on advanced elastic-plastic constitutive and numerical modeling in geomechanics. Thereafter, he was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship to join the computational geomechanics division of the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute. He joined the UBC Department of Civil Engineering in July 2009. Dr. Taiebat has worked on constitutive and numerical modeling research projects for the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center, Shell International Exploration and Production, British Petroleum, Woodside Energy, and the Structural Engineers Association of British Columbia (SEABC). He has received the UC Davis Excellence in Geotechnical Engineering Award in 2007, the Professor Appreciation Award from the UBC Civil Engineering Undergraduate Club in 2011, the Norman Medal of the American Society of Civil Engineers in 2012, and the NSERC DAS Award in 2015. Dr. Taiebat leads the Theoretical & Applied Geomechanics (TAG) research group at UBC. He spent a sabbatical year at MIT in 2015-2016.
Theoretical and computational geomechanics, constitutive modeling of engineering materials, physics and mechanics of granular materials, geotechnical earthquake engineering, static and dynamic soil-structure interaction.
Soil Mechanics I
Soil classification, principle of effective stress, analysis of seepage, filter criteria, introduction to shear strength and slope stability analysis.
Advanced Soil Mechanics
Soil composition and geological factors affecting engineering properties, stress and strain at a point, principle of effective stress, stress-strain relations; theories of primary and secondary consolidation, settlement; shear testing equipment, stress-strain and strength behaviour of soil under static and dynamic loading.
Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
Local site effects, soil-structure-interaction, liquefaction, seismic slope stability, seismic design of retaining structures; advanced methods in geotechnical earthquake engineering.
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