Research Team

Core Faculty

Dr. Burak F. Tanyu

Director of the SGI Research Group - Associate Professor of Geotechnical/Geotransportation Engineering in the Civil, Infrastructure, and Environmental Engineering Department of George Mason University.

Prior to joining GMU, Dr. Tanyu worked as a senior geotechnical engineer in the industry for 8 years. 

Education:

  • Ph.D., Geo-Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2003
  • M.S., Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Texas, Arlington, 1999
  • B.S., Geological Engineering, Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey, 1996

Dr. Kuo Tian

Associate Director of the SGI Research Group - Assistant Professor of Geotechnical/Geoenvironmental Engineering in the Civil, Infrastructure, and Environmental Engineering Department of George Mason University.

Prior to joining GMU, Dr. Tian worked as a researcher (post-doc) at the University of Virginia for 2 years. 

Education:

  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2015
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2012
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Huazhong University of Sci. & Tech., China, 2010

 

Doctorate Students

Li Dong

Joined in Fall 2019

PhD Student

Research Topic: Numerical Model to Predict the Hydraulic Conductivity of Geosynthetic Liner Systems​

Education:

  • M.S., Hydrology and Water Resources, Hohai University, Nanjing, China, 2016
  • B.S., Hydraulic Structures Engineering, Hohai University, Nanjing, China, 2013

Aamir Ahmad

Joined in Spring 2019

PhD Candidate

Research Topic: Subsurface Transport Phenomenon of PFAS

Education:

  • M.S., Geotechnical Engineering, NUST Institute of Civil Engineering, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan, 2015
  • B.S., Military College of Engineering, National University of Sciences and Technology, Risalpur, Pakistan, 2013 

Emre Akmaz

Joined in Spring 2019

PhD Candidate

Research Topic: Stabilization of Foundation Soils in Roadway Systems with Geosynthetics

Education:

  • M.S., Geotechnical Engineering, George Mason University, Fairfax, 2018
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Sakarya University, Sakarya, Turkey, 2014 

Sandarva Sharma

Joined in Fall 2018

PhD Candidate

Research Topic: Assessment of Service Life of Salt Water Detention Ponds

Education:

  • M.S., Civil Engineering,University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, 2018
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Pokhara University, Nepal, 2014 

Yashar Alimohammadlou

Graduated

Research Topic: Landslide Forecasting in Transportation Corridors: A Consistent Framework Using Digital Elevation Models

Education:

  • M.S., Geotechnical Engineering, Azad University, Zanjan, Iran, 2015
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Azad University, Tabriz, Iran, 2013

Fitsum T. Gebremariam

Graduated 

Research Topic: Boundary Conditions for Composite Behavior of Geosynthetically Reinforced Structures (GRS)

Education:

  • Ph.D., Geotechnical Engineering, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, 2019
  • M.S., Geo and Water Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, 2012
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Jimma University, Ethiopia, 2007 

    Saad Ullah

    Graduated 

    Research Topic: Developing Design Methodology To Incorporate Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP) in Flexible Pavement Systems

    Education:

    • Ph.D., Geotechnical Engineering, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, 2018
    • M.S., Geotechnical Engineering, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan, 2015
    • B.S., Civil Engineering, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan, 2013

        Aiyoub Abbaspour

        Graduated 

        Research Topic: Suitability of Using Recycled Concrete Aggregate with Filter Geotextiles in Road Construction

        Education:

        • Ph.D., Geotechnical Engineering, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, 2017
        • Post M.S., Geotechnical Engineering, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, 2010-2012
        • M.S., Hydraulic Structures, University of Tabriz, Iran, 2010
        • B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Mohaghegh, Ardabil, Iran, 2008  

          Masters Students

          Andres Cruz

          Joined in Fall 2019

          Research Topic: Liner Systems for Municipal Solid Landfill Waste under Elevated Temperatures

          Education:

          • B.S., Civil Engineering, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, 2019

          Zainab Binte

          Graduated

          Research Topic: Liner Systems for Aggressive Coal Combustion Product Leachates

          Education:

          • B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan, 2016

          Jackelin L. Gastelo Diaz

          Graduated

          Research Topic: Hydraulic Conductivity of GCL Overlap Area

          Education:

          • B.S., Civil Engineering, San Ignacio de Loyola University, Lima, Peru, 2017

          Siddharath (Sid) Singh

          Graduated

          Research Topic: Effects of Cross-Anisotropy Within Frictional Materials to Shear Strength As Defined by Single Hardening Constitutive Model​

          Education:

          • M.S., Geotechnical Engineering, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, 2019
          • B.S., Civil Engineering, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, 2015

          Emre Akmaz

          Graduated

          Research Topic: Evaluating the Use of Alternative In-Situ Instruments to Be Used for Quality Control for RAP/VA Road Bases

          Education:

          • M.S., Geotechnical Engineering, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, 2018
          • B.S., Civil Engineering, Sakarya University, Sakarya, Turkey, 2014

          Tshreya Bhattarai

          Graduated

          Research Topic:  Evaluation of Using Tactilus Cells to Estimate Horizontal Stresses in GeoStructures

          Education:

          • M.S., Geotechnical Engineering, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, 2017
          • B.S., Civil Engineering, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur, Nepal, 2012

          Mariamawit K. Borga

          Graduated

          Research Topic: Effect of Scour on Residential Building Damage After Hurricanes

          Education:

          • M.S., Geotechnical Engineering, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, 2016
          • B.S., Civil Engineering, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS, 2014

          Co-advised with Dr. Celso Ferreira

          Clayton Cook

          Graduated

          Research Topic: Effects of Particle Shape on Performance and Durability of Aggregates Used in Road Construction

          Education:

          • M.S., Geotechnical Engineering, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, 2015
          • B.S., Civil Engineering, Westren Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY, 2013

          Moustafa I. Awad

          Graduated

          Research Topic: Frictional Connection Strength Between Geotextile Reinforcements and Concrete Facing Blocks of MSE Walls.

          Education:

          • M.S., Geotechnical Engineering, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, 2013
          • B.S., Civil Engineering, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, 2011

           

          Undergraduate Research Students

          Mera Shabti

          Andres Cruz

          Elisabetta Iannetti

          Jeffress Trust Project

          Wetlands as a Means of Natural Defense against Storm Surges

          Research topics included:

          • Effects of aggregate shape on durability - (Neha and Brian-Volunteers)
          • Variability of index properties of recycled concrete aggregates - (Sid, Rita, and Marco -Summer Interns)
          • Evaluating the suitability of micro-deval apparatus to assess the durability of aggregates used in common wealth of Virginia on road construction - (Nicole-OSCAR scholarship)
          • Developing a testing program for suitability of using microbial calcite precipitation for dust control - (Sean-OSCAR scholarship)
          • Correlation between safety of corn silos and shear strength of aged corn - (Tom-OSCAR scholarship)
          • Use of Hazus: MH flood model to estimate damage after hurricane sandy - (Danny-OSCAR scholarship and Khanh-Volunteer)
          • Field Instrumentation Calibration and Installation (Mahyar)
          • Flume Tests to Quantify Contribution of Vegetation to Coastal Resiliency (Mera)
          • Correlation Between Safety of Corn Silos and Shear Strength of Aged Corn (Thomas)
          • Microbial Induced Calcite Precipitation in Fly Ash Ponds (Sean)

          Anny Kreiser

          Jorge Briones

          Sulaiman Alghammas

          Siddharath Singh

          Neha Seth

          Khanh Pham

          Mahyar Moradian

          Marco Padilla

          Rita Soelwin

          Sean Lindenmuth

          Daniel Scolose

          Nicole Nmair

          Thomas Barham

          David Stiles

           

           

           

          Research Associates

          Dr. Aiyoub Abbaspour

          Post-doctoral Research Fellow (August 2018 thru Present)

          Research Topic in GMU: Field Performance of Drainage Systems in Highways with RCA Base Course

           

          Visiting Scholars

          Dr. F. Erol Guler

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          Visiting Professor (August 2017 thru Present)

          Visiting From: Bogazici University-Istanbul, Turkey

          http://www.ce.boun.edu.tr/erolguler

           

          International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) University Online Lecturer

          https://texasmedialink.website/videos/geosynthetic-functions-online-lecture-series

          Dr. Poul Lade

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          Research Professor in SGI Group and Adjunct Faculty (August 2016 thru Present)

          Retired From: Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

          https://civil.vse.gmu.edu/people/poul-lade

          Dr. Xiangtao Xu

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          Visiting Professor (August 2019 thru October 2020)

          Visited From: Chengdu University of Technology-Chengdu, China

          http://hgycg.cdut.edu.cn/teacher/10201400628

          Dr. Bahadir A. Yavuz

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          Visiting Professor (July 2013 thru June 2014)

          Visited From: Dokuz Eylul University-Izmir, Turkey

          http://debis.deu.edu.tr/akademik/

          Saad Ullah

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          International Summer Intern (July 2014)

          Visited From: National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan

           

          Community Outreach

          Akul Mehra
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          Highschool Student Summer Intern (July 2015 and July 2016

          Volunteered to spend three days a week in SGI research laboratory to learn more about geotechnical engineering and associated laboratory experimentation.

          Education:

          • Junior and Senior in Langley High School, Great Falls, VA.

          Maximiliano Kittsteiner

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          Highschool Student Summer Intern (July 2014)

          Volunteered to spend two days a week in SGI research laboratory to learn more about geotechnical engineering and associated laboratory experimentation.

          Education:

          • Senior in Forest Park High School, Woodbridge, VA.