Current team members:

PhD candidate.

M.S., Geotechnical Engineering, Tongji University, China
B.S., Civil Engineering, Tongji University, China

My name is Jintai Wang. I am a Ph.D. candidtate advised by Dr.Xiao. I joined Penn State in 2014. My dissertation topic is “Reduced-scale shake table testing and numerical analysis of seismic performances and failure mechanisms of cement-bentonite slurry walls.” My research interests include soil dynamics, earthquake engineering and ground freezing. You can find more about me at : https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jintai_Wang.

PhD candidate.

M.S., Geotechnical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Iran
B.S., Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Iran

My name is Mahsa Khosrojerdi. I am currently a Ph.D. candidtate co-advised by Dr. Xiao and Dr. Qiu. I joined Penn State in 2014. My dissertation topic is “Service Limit State Design and Analysis of Engineered Fills for Bridge Support.” My research interests include performances of earthen structures, soil-structure interaction, computational geomechanics, and geotechnical earthquake engineering. You can find more about me at : https://www.linkedin.com/in/mahsa-khosrojerdi-84913b85

PhD candidate.

M.S., Geotechnical Engineering, Temple University, USA
B.S., Civil Engineering, Azad University, Iran

My name is Behnoud Kermani. I am currently a Ph.D. candidtate co-advised by Dr. Xiao and Dr. Stoffels. I am a Geosynthetic Institute (GSI) fellow for the academic year of 2016-2017 and 2017-2018. I joined Penn State in 2013. My dissertation topic is “Magnitude and Rate of Migration of Subgrade Soil Particles into Subbase Due to Cyclic Traffic Loadings and Prevention Using Geotextile.” I have broad research interests including seepage and drainage and particle transport in porous media, pavement design, rehabilitation, and maintenance, non-destructive testing in geotechnical and pavement engineering, and numerical analysis in geotechnical and pavement engineering. You can find more about me at : https://www.linkedin.com/in/behnoud-kermani

PhD student.

M.S., Geotechnical Engineering, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), USA
B.S., Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Iran

My name is Sajjad Salam. I am currently a Ph.D. student advised by Dr. Xiao. I worked as a Geotechnical Engineer at Marino Engineering Associates, Inc. (MEA) for one year and taught “Soils in Construction (CNST 301)” at SIUE as an adjunct lecturer in spring 2017. I was involved in many geotechnical research and work projects such as “Plasticity Requirements of Aggregate Used in Base and Subbase”, “Mine Stability Investigation”, “Field Investigation and Stability Analysis of Coal Slurry Impoundments”, “Reinforcing Slopes with Soldier Piles and Geosynthetics”, and “Hardening Effects on The Shear Modulus of Unsaturated Silt." You may find more about me at: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sajjad_Salam2 and https://www.linkedin.com/in/sajjad-salam-b7353469

M.S. student.

B.S., Civil Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles

My name is Min Liew. I am currently a master's student co-advised by Dr. Ming Xiao and Dr. Shimin Liu. I wored in a geotechnical firm in San Diego after my B.S. graduation in December 2015. My research topic will be “Field Investigation and Stability Analysis of Coal Slurry Impoundments.” My research interests include stability analyses of soil slopes and performances of earthen structures.

M.S. student.

B.S., Civil Engineering, Shijiazhuang Railway Institute, China.

My name is Yuetan Ma. I am currently a master's student advised by Dr. Xiao. I joined Penn State in Fall 2016. My thesis topic is "Piping progression in sand under various permeating fluids using hole-erosion tests." My research interests include soil erosion, soil dynamics, and geotechnical earthquake engineering.

M.S. student.

B.S., Civil Engineering, National Chiao Ting University, Taiwan.

My name is Yen-Chieh Wang. I am a master's student advised by Dr. Xiao. I had been working for Moh and Associated Group Consulting Engineering company and Kajima Construction company before I came to Penn State Aug 2017. My research interests included landslides and geotechnical earthquake engineering.

M.S. student.

B.S., Civil Engineering, University of California, Davis

My name is Rong Zhao. I am a master's student advised by Dr. Xiao. I am particularly interested in experimental research and intrumentation in geotechncial engineering.

Previous graduate students with Dr. Xiao as major advisor:

Benjamin T. Adams (Penn State)

Dissertation: “Development of experimental methodology for the investigation of the relative and interactive effects of physicochemical fluid characteristics on the incipient motion of granular particles under laminar flow conditions.”

Anthony Cemo, MSCE 2013 (Fresno State)

Project: “Development of an experimental imaging system for the micro-scale study of seepage-induced granular particle mobilization.”

Martin Ledezma, MSCE 2013 (Fresno State)

Thesis “Improved shake table tests on the seismic responses of slurry walls.”

Corbin Hartman, MSCE 2013 (Fresno State)

Thesis “Seismic Responses of MSE Walls Using Accelerated Alternative Backfill Materials with Tire Derived Aggregate (TDA) and Lightweight Aggregates (LWA).”

Jan Bowen, MSCE 2011 (Fresno State)

Project “Seismic responses of bridge abutments with tire derived aggregate (TDA) backfill.”

Mathew Graham, MSCE 2011 (Fresno State)

Thesis “Seismic analysis of slurry walls.”

Benjamin Adams, MSCE 2011 (Fresno State)

Thesis “Piping erosion mechanisms of organic soils and bioabatement of piping erosion of sand.”

Exequiel Sinco, MSCE 2011 (Fresno State)

Thesis “Piping progression of sand under various permeating fluids.”

Nathan Shwiyhat, MSCE 2010 (Fresno State)

Thesis “Geo-mechanical effects on suffusion of sand-kaolinite mixtures.”

Jose Gomez, MSCE 2009 (Fresno State)

Thesis “Effect of piping on shear strength of soils.”