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GeoSystems Engineering


Faculty Research Overview

Norman Abrahamson

  • Adjunct Professor

  • Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos

  • Associate Professor

  • Jonathan D. Bray

  • Faculty Chair in Earthquake Engineering Excellence

  • See Research

    Steven D. Glaser

  • Professor Emeritus

  • Robert Kayen

  • Professor, Adjunct Faculty Senior Scientist, U. S. Geological Survey

  • James W. Rector

  • Professor

  • Michael Riemer

  • Adjunct Professor

  • Yoram N. Rubin

  • Professor

  • Nicholas Sitar

  • Edward G. Cahill and John R. Cahill Professor of Civil Engineering

  • Kenichi Soga

  • Donald H. McLaughlin Chair in Mineral Engineering Chancellor's Professor

  • Dimitrios Zekkos

  • Professor

  • Latest Research News

    The 2022 Geotechnical Engineering Research Symposium was a success!

    The sixth annual UC Berkeley Geotechnical Engineering Research Symposium was held on November 18, 2022, at the Banatao Auditorium in Sutardja Dai Hall. The symposium showcased current research works in the GeoSystems Engineering group at UC Berkeley and bridged academic and industry communities.   The keynote speakers for the event were four Ph.D. and postdoctoral researchers in the GeoSystems Engineering program. They presented their ...

    PhD students Gomberg and Kassem participate in GEER expedition to Puerto Rico to Map Precipitation-Induced Landslides after Hurricane Fiona

    PhD students Drew Gomberg and Mirna Kassem, advised by Professor Dimitrios Zekkos, just returned from an expedition in Puerto Rico as part of a GEER (Geotechnical Extreme Event Reconnaissance) deployment. The one-week field deployment aimed to collect data about precipitation-induced landslides caused by the recent 2022 Hurricane Fiona. This was in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Puerto Rico (led by Prof. Alesa ...

    Soga Students Attend the MPM Workshop

    Dr. Yong Liang (Postdoctoral researcher), Bodhinanda Chandra (PhD candidate), and Joel Given (PhD student) recently traveled to University of Texas, Austin to represent Prof. Kenichi Soga’s Computational Geomechanics research team at this year’s Material Point Method (MPM) Workshop.  The workshop provides an opportunity for researchers to present and discuss on-going work related to theoretical and computational developments in the MPM. A ...

    Register for the 6th Annual UC Berkeley Geotechnical Engineering Research Symposium

    The 6th annual Geotechnical Engineering Research Symposium will be held on Friday, November 18, 2022, from 1-5 pm at the Banatao Auditorium in Sutardja Dai Hall on the UC Berkeley Campus. The symposium highlights the research conducted by current Ph.D. 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 & ...

    Research Expedition to characterize rock masses and landslides from Hurricane Maria and 2020 Earthquake in Puerto Rico conducted by Zekkos, Gong, Blunts, and Kassem

      Lookig Weibing Gong presenting results of a regional co-seismic landslide model for the 2020 Puerto Rico earthquake.    Professor Dimitrios Zekkos and his group, including PhD students Weibing Gong, Parker Blunts, and Mirna Kassem, participated in an expedition in Puerto Rico in May 2022. The expedition included a one-week landslide hazard workshop with colleagues from NASA, USGS, the University of ...

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