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Dimitrios Zekkos to deliver "Powerful Informative Talk" (PIT) on Geotechnical Autonomy at Sydney 20th ICSMGE

Professor Dimitrios Zekkos has been invited to give a "Powerful Informative Talk", known in geotechnical engineering as "PIT", at the upcoming 20th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering that is being held this week at Sydney, Australia May 1st to May 5th 2022. Zekkos' talk is on "Autonomy Revolutionizing Geotechnical Practice" and describes how new technologies, and sensors, on satellites, UAVs and wireless ...

40th Annual UC Berkeley Geosystems Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series - May 13, 2022

SFGI ASCE and UC Berkeley are pleased to present the 40th Annual Geosystems Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series Friday May 13th 2022 Location: Krutch Theater, UC Berkeley - Clark Kerr Campus   Registration closes May 5th, 2022 REGISTER HERE!   The Program is as follows: 12:30 - 1:00 pm Check-In, Krutch theater loby  1:00 - 1:10 pm Welcome, Recognition of Sponsors and "The State ...

Geosystems PhD student Brittany Russo wins 2022 USSD Scholarship

Brittany Russo, a PhD student in the Geosystems program advised by Prof. Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos, was one of the selected finalists for the USSD scholarships awarded every year during the Annual USSD conference. Brittany got the second place scholarship following the presentation of her work on "Non-invasive levee health monitoring using data fusion and machine learning for infrastructure resiliency against climate change" during thi ...

Geosystems Graduate Students Win Outstanding GSI Awards

Geosystems graduate students Emma O'Hara (MS student) and Drew Gomberg (PhD student) both received the 2022 Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor (OGSI) Award for their exemplary work as teaching assistants in the Fall semester.  These UC Berkeley Campus Awards are highly competitive and recognize students who show exemplary pedagogical excellence and create an inclusive learning environment that promotes critical thinking. Congratul ...

Cornell University's full-scale soil-pipeline testing apparatus moved to UC Berkeley's Center for Smart Infrastructure

The Geosystems program and the UC Berkeley’s Center for Smart Infrastructure are excited to announce that they acquired Cornell University's soil-pipeline-fault rupture interaction testing apparatus. The apparatus was originally part of Cornell University's NEES facility and has for many years contributed immensely in gaining insights on the seismic resilience of pipelines through full-scale testing. Prof. Tom O' Rourke, Professor Emeri ...

Prof. Soga to give State of the Art Lecture on Distributed Sensing in Geocongress 2022

Prof. Kenichi Soga is one of the selected State-of-the-Art speakers in the upcoming ASCE Geo-Institute Geocongress 2022 on State of the Art and Practice in Geotechnical Engineering. The conference is taking place in Charlotte, North Carolina on March 20-23 2022.    ...

Jonathan Bray Receives ASCE's H. Bolton Seed Medal!

The American Society of Civil Engineers has awarded its 2022 H. Bolton Seed Medal to Jonathan D. Bray, Professor and Faculty Chair in Earthquake Engineering Excellence in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the College of Engineering at University of California, Berkeley. The H. Bolton Seed Medal recognizes outstanding contributions to teaching, research, and/or practice in geotechnical engineering.  Bray will be reco ...

The Center of Smart Infrastructure is featured in Cambridge CSIC

Prof. Kenichi Soga and the newly established Center of Smart Infrastructure at UC Berkeley is featured in the CSIC Smart Infrastructure Blog of the University of Cambridge. Partnering with the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD), the new center is hope to provide a strategic opportunity to collaborate between industry and academics in the use of remote sensors, data analytics, and artificial intelligence tools, as well as other ...

Zekkos Delivers Keynote on Highway CA-1 Failure at Big Sur

In ASCE's Geo-Extreme conference that took place on November 7-10 2021 in Savannah, Georgia, Prof. Dimitrios Zekkos gave a keynote lecture on the Highway CA-1 failure at Rat Creek in the area of Big Sur that failed on January 28 2021. Zekkos co-led with alumni Prof. Tim Stark and Phil Gregory the reconnaissance mission under the Auspices of the Embankments, Slopes and Dams Technical Committee of the ASCE Geo-Institute. Several Cal st ...

Booklet with Graduate Student Resumes Distributed to Companies

The UC Berkeley Geosystems program of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering published a booklet with this year's geotechnical engineering graduate student resumes.  Participation to the booklet was optional among graduating Masters students, and nearly 30 of them are included in it. This is the first time that the program is putting together such a booklet.  The booklet is one of the new initiative ...

Remembering Clarence K. Chan

The UC Berkeley Geotechnical family grieves the loss and celebrates the life of Clarence Chan, who passed away peacefully at his home in San Francisco, on August 7, 2021 at the age of 91, surrounded and supported by his remarkable family.  Clarence was a key contributor to the Geotechnical Engineering Program’s rise to prominence from the mid-1950s through his retirement from the University in 1992.   His friendly nature and quiet ...

The 2021 Geotechnical Engineering Research Symposium was a success!!

The 5th annual UC Berkeley Geotechnical Engineering Symposium was held on November 12, 2021, at the Banatao Auditorium in Sutardja Dai Hall. The annual symposium was organized by the GeoEngineering Graduate Student Association at UC Berkeley and hosted by Brittany Russo, a Ph.D. student working with Professor Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos. There were 143 registered participants for the event across academia and industry, making it the largest i ...

Research investigates regional variations in rock mass characteristics for predictive modeling of earthquake-induced landslides in the Topatopa mountains near Ventura, CA

Caption: UAV image of Nordhoff Ridge, CA study location.   In August 2021, a UC Berkeley GeoSystems Team consisting of Professor Dimitrios Zekkos, Ph.D. student Brittany Russo, and Ph.D. student Parker Blunts traveled to the Topatopa Mountains in the Transverse Mountains of Southern California for fieldwork. The work is part of an ongoing project funded by the National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program (NEHRP). This work wa ...

Major News: Center for Smart Infrastructure Established at Berkeley led by Soga and geo-colleagues

The Geosystems program is excited to share the news that UC Berkeley and the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) are teaming up to launch a new research and innovation center that will apply cutting-edge technology to address infrastructure challenges our communities face due to climate change, aging systems and natural hazards. The new Center for Smart Infrastructure, which is led by Prof. Kenichi Soga with the support of Faculty from ...

Zekkos Delivers Keynote Lecture on Generating Energy from Solid Waste

Prof. Dimitrios Zekkos was a keynote speaker at the Third International Symposium on Coupled Phenomena in Environmental Geotechnics, an international event organized by the Technical Committee 215 on Environmental Geotechnics of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering.  The conference is held every four years, and was going to be hosted in person in Kyoto, Japan. Due to COVID it was postpon ...

Register for the 5th Annual UC Berkeley Geotechnical Engineering Research Symposium

The 5th annual Geotechnical Engineering Research Symposium will be held on Friday, November 12, 2021 from 1-5 pm in Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall.  The symposium highlights the research conducted by current PhD students and Research Associates at UC Berkeley in the GeoSystems Group through spotlight presentations and poster presentations. To register, please follow this link: Register Here Registration deadline is November 7 ...

Geosystems MS students enjoying a beautiful day studying the active Tahoe-Sierra Fault Zone, Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, CA.

Students from the graduate class of Geosystems Program taking the CE281 "Engineering Geology" course enjoyed a beautiful autumn weekend studying the active Tahoe-Sierra Fault Zone, Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, CA, below.  The three-day camping-field trip was led by Professor Robert Kayen.  The class visited a number of normal faults that distribute strain across the boundary separating the Sierra Nevada Moun ...

Soga and Zekkos main speakers on “Multi-Scale Monitoring for Improved Infrastructure Safety, Resilience, Service Life” COGGE event of the National Academies

Prof. Kenichi Soga and Prof. Dimitrios Zekkos are the main speakers in the upcoming event organized by the Committee on Geological and Geotechnical Engineering (COGGE) of the National Academies on Multi-Scale Monitoring for Improved Infrastructure Safety, Resilience, Service Life. The event will explore ways in which new monitoring and data management technologies are making it possible to expand how we think about monitoring, and ho ...

MS student Meera Kota awarded 2021 ADSC Scholarship

Meera Kota, an MS student in the Geosystems Graduate Program, has been awarded the 2021 West Coast Chapter Scholarship by the International Association of Foundation Drilling (ADSC), through its Industry Advancement Fund.  ADSC-IAFD is a construction trade association dedicated to the deep foundations industry. Their focus is on drilled shaft, anchored earth retention, and micropile technologies. They are represented by specialt ...

Bridge Crush! In Infrastructure Sensing and Modeling Course

Students are having fun (and also learning) during the CE170A Infrastructure Sensing and Modeling class, taught by Professor Kenichi Soga, Professor Dimitrios Zekkos, Professor Robert Kayen, Dr. Bingyu Zhao, and Renjie Wu as GSI. As a part of the course module, three aluminum model bridges are designed, built, and tested where various sensing technologies are applied during the test: Linear Variable Differential ...

Zekkos, Sitar, and Kayen awarded Grant to introduce Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality on Geotechnical Engineering Education with a focus on natural disasters

Geosystems Faculty, Prof. Dimitrios Zekkos, Prof. Nick Sitar, and Prof. Rob Kayen were awarded a grant with the goal to incorporate Virtual Reality (VR) and Mixed Reality (MR) throughout the undergraduate and graduate CEE curriculum. The team will leverage VR and MR to (a) introduce students to ongoing research projects related to disaster response and engineering; (b) engage them on the course material covered; (c) conduct “hands-on” measure ...

Kayen, Blunts Contribute Key LIDAR Data in Surfside Condo Investigation

Following the June 24th partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been conducting a full investigation into what caused the tragic event. As part of the investigation, Professor Rob Kayen and PhD student Parker Blunts traveled to the site this summer to collect Lidar data and Structure-from-Motion imagery. At Surfside, Ka ...

Athanasopoulos-Zekkos discusses climate change and infrastructure in CNN interview

Prof. Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos joined CNN's John Vause on his show last week to talk about the impact of climate change and the need for continued investment towards our infrastructure.  For more information read here, and to access the full interview click here. ...

Second Short Course on Geo-Infrastructure Sensing and Monitoring, held in May 2021, was an international success!

The second delivery of the short course on “New Technologies for Geo-Infrastructure Sensing and Monitoring” was held remotely on May 20-21 2021 and was a tremendous success. Similar to the original version that was held in January 2021, the short course had more than 100 participants worldwide. The short course also provided PDH hours for interested participants and included updated content based on feedback received by the participants. Mor ...

UC Berkeley Geosystems Graduate Students, Meera Kota and Ethan Ross, Awarded 2021 DFI Scholarships

Two of our incoming Geosystems MS students, Meera Kota and Ethan Ross, have been awarded scholarships from the Deep Foundations Institute's Educational Trust. Meera received the 2021 Francis Gularte Scholarship and Ethan received the 2021 DFI Education Trust General Scholarship.  Congratulations Meera and Ethan!!!  More information can be found here. ...

Athanasopoulos-Zekkos and Mijic co-author GEER report on the 2020 earthquake in Petrinja, Croatia

A GEER report was just published on the M6.4 earthquake in Petrinja, Croatia. The report presents results from the reconnaissance efforts of a large team of professionals from both the US and Croatia, following the earthquake in Petrinja on December 29, 2020. The report includes information on the tectonic setting of the area, the geology and geomorphology as well as the soil characteristics of the relevant and affected sites. It also presents th ...

Athanasopoulos-Zekkos, Zekkos and Gong co-author ASCE Report on 2020 Edenville and Sanford Dam Failures In Michigan

ASCE just published a reconnaissance report on the failures of the Edenville and Sanford Dams that occurred on May 19 2020 in Michigan. The report presents the results of an investigation immediately after the failure using a range of techniques, includes geophysics, and optical and infrared UAV-based surveys. Work conducted at Cal also involved the digital image analysis of the video that captured the moment of the failure of Edenville dam, a de ...

2019-2020 Master's Class Reunion

The Geosystems Engineering master's class that graduated in 2020 held a reunion at Ohlone Park in Berkeley to celebrate their graduation from the program. Due to COVID-19, the graduation was held virtually in Spring 2020 and many of the students were not able to say goodbye in person. A reunion was held a year later to distribute the UC Berkeley Geosystems rocks and to reconnect.   Pictured left to right Back row: Professor Kenichi ...

Research on ML for Tunneling is highlighted by Sixense Group

The research done by the Soga Research Group on the application of AI and ML for tunneling is highlighted by Sixense Group. In brief, Dayu Apoji, a Ph.D. researcher in SRG, is trying to build “a brain” for tunnel boring machines (TBM) using machine learning algorithms so that this giant machine can make perception from enormous tunneling data (both from the machine sensors and ground instruments) and assist TBM operators and t ...

SRG researchers take on working platform design using DFOS

A team from the Soga Research Group led by Ph.D. candidate Peter Hubbard is working with a team from Malcolm Drilling led by Peter Faust to assess the performance of working platforms in San Francisco when subject to large loads from drilling rigs using distributed fiber optic sensors (DFOS). A working platform is a layer of material that is placed on top of the existing soil to allow heavy construction equipment to perform their tasks ...

Tracking Cetaceans with Fiber

The California Energy Commission has invested resources in finding innovative ways to monitor future offshore wind infrastructure and its impacts on the environment. A project led by LBNL is looking at if distributed fiber optic sensing (DFOS), and in particular distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) can be used to both monitor the structural components of these turbines and detect cetaceans that may enter the perimeter of these future offshore wind ...

Prof. Kenichi Soga and the SRG in Berkeley Engineering magazine

The Spring 2021 issue of Berkeley Engineer magazine features Professor Kenichi Soga’s pioneering work in the field of distributed fiber optic sensing (DFOS). Read more, here. ...

Cal CEE Students Post their Geoenvironmental Project Reports Online and Welcome your Feedback!

Students of the CE176 course on Geoenvironmental Engineering (and Environmental Geotechnics), an upper level undergraduate course, worked this Spring semester in teams of 2-3 on a project. This provided students the opportunity to select a geoenvironmental topic that was of interest and learn more about it. The project, along with a presentation to their classmate next week, represents only one third of their grade. Instead of submitting thei ...

39th Annual UCBerkeley Geosystems Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series to be Held May 7

SFGI ASCE and UC Berkeley are pleased to present the 39th Annual UC Berkeley Geosystems Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series   This year’s event will take place online on May 7th at 10:00am-2:00pm PST and will feature the following three lectures and a panel discussion:   Prof. Laurie Baise from Tufts University: “Observations and Characterization of Complexity in Site Response”   Prof. Dimitrios Zekkos from ...

UC Berkeley Geosystems Group Acquires new Equipment for Geophysics Measurements for Use in Research and Education

Caption: Students and Faculty performing seismic measurements as part of classwork   The Geosystems program has recently expanded its capabilities in Geophysics. Just last year, with the addition of Prof. Robert Kayen of the USGS, the Geosystems group has expanded its seismic geophysics capabilities that now includes capabilities in Microtremor Array Methods (Spatial Autocorrelation [SPAC] and frequency-wavenumber [ ...

UC Berkeley Geosystems Team co-leads Reconnaissance Mission on Highway 1 Rat Creek Failure

The failure of Highway 1 at Rat Creek (Photo from Caltrans) UC Berkeley Geosystems program faculty and students are participating in a reconnaissance mission under the Auspices of the ASCE Geo-Institute Technical Committee of Embankments, Dams and Slopes investigating the January 28 2021 Highway 1 failure. Prof. Dimitrios Zekkos co-leads the investigation with UCB alumnus Prof. Tim Stark from UIUC and UCB Alumnus and President of Cal Engineeri ...

Video of UCB Geosystems Alumni reminiscing about their Berkeley experience

In a video released this April, alumni reminisce about the impact of the UC Berkeley Geosystems program on their life. The video  included alumni with diverse backgrounds and experiences spanning all the decades of the program (70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, and 10s).  The video featured Kenneth Johnson (MS 1982, 1987), Senior Technical Principal Engineer, WSP, Thaleia Travasarou (MS 1998, PhD 2003), Manager, Land GeoConsulting Americas, Fugro, ...

May 20-21 2021 Short Course on "New Technologies for Geotechnical Infrastructure Sensing and Monitoring"

the Geosystems Faculty and colleagues, are offering on May 20-21 2021 the short course ""New Technologies for Geotechnical Infrastructure Sensing and Monitoring". The course was offered first in January 2021, was very well received and got fully booked rather quickly. You can review the participants' feedback about the course here.  The May course will further improve on the January course and  provide a review of some ...

Geosystems MS students conduct geotechnical site characterization despite COVID19 and heavy rain!

On March 19 2021, Geosystems MS students were able to meet in person and perform field work near Bel Marin Keys  in Novato as part of CE273 “Advanced GeoEngineering Testing and Design” taught by Professor Michael Riemer and GSIs Joel Given and Bodhinanda.Chandra. The optional activity was approved by the campus, subject to special safety precautions, as case counts had declined dramatically since January.  Even the persistent rain co ...

Geosyntec strengthens its Partnership with UC Berkeley's Geosystems Program at the GOLD level

The Geosystems program is pleased to announce that Geosyntec Consultants has upgraded its Corporate Partnership to the Geosystems program at the Gold level. Through this partnership Geosyntec and UC Berkeley will work more closely on a number of initiatives and Geosyntec will support graduate students in the Geosystems group. Geosyntec has a number of UC Berkeley Geosystems alumni among its ranks, starting with its Chairman of the Board,& ...

Director of ASCE Geo-Institute Interviews Athanasopoulos-Zekkos and Zekkos

The Director of the ASCE Geo-Institute Brad Keelor has been hosting a series of interviews titled "Director's cut" to discuss issues related to geotechnical engineeering and beyond. On January 13 in his first take on double-interviews, he hosted Prof. Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos and Prof. Dimitrios Zekkos. The conversation spanned from meeting celebrities and favorite Greek food, to geotechnical careers, the Geo-Institute and the future ...

Jonathan Bray appointed to the Caltrans and CHSRA Seismic Advisory Board

Professor Jonathan D. Bray, Ph.D., P.E., NAE has been appointed as a member of the Seismic Advisory Board for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA). The Seismic Advisory Board was created as a recommendation of the Governor’s Board of Inquiry following the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake. Caltrans established the Caltrans Seismic Advisory Board to provide advice on seismic safety ...

The Geo-Infrastructure Monitoring Short Course was a Huge Success! 120 participants from 25 countries, 20 states, 47 companies and 28 universities

The short course on "New Technologies for Geo-Infrastructure Sensing and Monitoring was completed on January 22-23 2021 online and was a huge success!  Participation was capped to 120, due to overwhelming demand. A total of 120 participants from 25 countries, 20 states, 47 companies and 28 universities participated in the course instructed by Zekkos, Soga, Kayen and Johnson. The short course had also a lot of time for ...

PhD student Parker Blunts & research on Post-fire debris flows featured in Local Santa Cruz Press

PressBanner, a publication in Santa Cruz County featured as a cover story on January 11 2021, PhD student Parker Blunts and his ongoing research on the monitoring of wildfire affected areas in Santa Cruz County. The research, funded by NASA, with the collaboration of USGS, involves repeated deployments of UAVs and with the assistance of Prof. Kayen, Lidar sensors, to create 3D models of the study site in Santa Cruz throughout the first we ...

Testing a Distributed Monitoring System for EBMUD’s Water Mains

The bay area has several active seismic faults. In order to supply water for its 1.4 million customers, the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) must maintain pipe infrastructure that cross these hazards. Prof. Kenichi Soga and his team have been working with EBMUD to develop a monitoring system for the most critical pipes in the east bay’s water supply network. Recently, a bending test was conducted at EBMUD’s Oakport stora ...

Geothermal Monitoring Using Fiber Optics

Distributed fiber optic sensors (DFOS) can be used for a wide variety of applications. Among them, distributed temperature sensing (DTS) uses the physical changes in a fiber core, as observed by probing light pulses, to measure the temperature of the environment surrounding the fiber. This is extremely useful to measure continuous temperature profiles in the subsurface for geothermal exploration. Prof. Kenichi Soga and his team recently instal ...

Large Diameter Cyclic Simple Shear Device Up and Running in UC Berkeley Geotechnical Laboratories

Figure 1: PhD student Jhih-Rou Huang preparing for calibration testing during the summer of 2020. Jhih-Rou tested mine tailings from South America, as part of project led by Prof. Dimitrios Zekkos     A large diameter (d=300 mm) Cyclic Simple Shear device, or as we call her, LACSI, is operational and actively being used for testing all kinds of large particle soil specimens. Currently tests are being conducted on mine s ...

Geopier joins Corporate Partners of UC Berkeley's Geosystems Program

The Geosystems program is pleased to announce that Geopier Foundation Company, a subsidiary of Tensar Corporation, has joined its Corporate Partnership program at the Blue level. Through this partnership Geopier becomes a closer ally to the program and will support graduate students in the Geosystems group. Kord Wissman, President of Geopier and an alumnus of our program was instrumental in establishing this partnership.  On ...

January 22-23 2021: Short Course on "New Technologies for Geotechnical Infrastructure Sensing and Monitoring"

On January 22-23 2021, the UC Berkeley Faculty of the Geosystems group and collaborators are offering a 2-day short course on "New Technologies for Geotechnical Infrastructure Sensing and Monitoring". The course will  provide a review of some of the latest technologies that are about to, or are already impacting the way we design, maintain, or operate geo-infrastructure and the way we manage risk. Technologies to be discussed are sensor ...

Zekkos Leads GEER Mission for Medicane Ianos. Released Report documents thousands of landslides, bridge collapses and infrastructure damagel

Associate Professor Dimitrios Zekkos led a Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Mission to document damage from Medicane Ianos. Medicane Ianos, a Mediterranean Hurricane, impacted Greece on September 17-20 2020. A total of 31 participants from 6 Universities, 3 governmental organizations and 3 companies participated in the effort. Among them, Parker Blunts , UCB Geosystems PhD student, contributed to the effort by creating 3D mo ...

The GeoSystems Annual Research Symposium was a success!

The 4th GeoSystems Engineering Annual Research Symposium was successfully held on Friday, November 20th, 2020. The event was attended by 112 people, with the proportion between academic and industry/government of about 60:40, and the proportion between the UC Berkeley community and the communities outside of about 50:50. Different from the previous years, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year the event was held virtually via Zoom.  ...

Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos elected President of USUCGER

Adda Athanasopoulos Zekkos was elected this year as President of the United States Universities Council on Geotechnical Education and Research (USUCGER). USUCGER was founded in 1985 to provide advocacy for the continued development and expansion of high quality geotechnical engineering research and education by US academic institutions. Adda will be serving a two year term as President.    You can access USUCGER here ...

Welcome to the new Geosystems Group Website

Welcome to the new website of the UC Berkeley Geosystems Group in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Here you can find information about ongoing teaching, research and leadership activities of our geo-community, which includes students, researchers, Faculty and our Alumni! If you are an Alumnus/a make sure you sign up to our Alumni list so that you are listed. If you are a visitor of the website and want to hear more fro ...

Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos delivers 2020 ASCE Met Section Mueser Rutledge Memorial Lecture

Dr. Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos delivers the 2020 ASCE Met Section Mueser Rutledge Memorial Lecture on November 11 from 6 to 7 pm. Speaking on “Liquefaction of Gravelly Soils and the Impact on Critical Infrastructure.” Her talk was delivered virtually. The 30th Annual lecture is named after past MRCE principals William H. Mueser and Philip C. Rutledge. ...

Geosystems Students Form new Student Group on Entrepreneurship in Infrastructure

Current Masters students, Alp Balcay, Edward Vaccaro and Drew Gomberg led the establishment of a new student group, named "Civil Ventures" that aims to promote the next generation of Civil Engineering student startups at University of California, Berkeley. The groups's mission is "to foster an environment where collaboration and creativity can collide, and assist students in becoming entrepreneurial leaders and innovative thinkers while at Ber ...

Three Geosystems Faculty Co-teach new Course on "Infrastructure Sensing and Modeling"

Kenichi Soga, Dimitrios Zekkos and Robert Kayen established and jointly teach a new upper-level undergraduate course on "Infrastructure Sensing and Modeling." CE170A is taught this semester and introduces students to a wide range of smart cities, monitoring and modeling. It has a transportation modeling module, a 3d modeling module using drones, a Seismic Geophysics module and a wireless sensing module. In addition, the course is bringing speaker ...

Two new Faculty Members Join Geosystems Faculty

In January 2020, the Geosystems group welcomed two new Faculty: Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos moved to UCB after 11 years at the University of Michigan. She received her PhD from UC Berkeley in 2008. Her core research and teaching areas lie in geomechanics and geotechnical engineering, with a focus on how infrastructure systems respond to seismic and other natural hazards.  Adda has established herself as an outstanding academic, with strong ...

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