Below is the list of the recent MS theses and Ph.D. dissertations in our geotechnical program. They provide a good idea of recent and ongoing research projects in our group.

Research Completed in 2005

Sheehan, Andrew Jonathan (2005). Prediction of Shallow Footing Settlements on Cohesionless Materials from Seismic Testing. (supervisor: Professor Kenneth H. Stokoe). Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. December, 2004.

Larocque, Christopher J. (2005). Mechanical Properties of Tire Bales. (supervisor: Professor Jorge G. Zornberg). Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. December, 2004.

Gross, Beth Ann (2005). Water Balance Evaluations for Monitored Evapotranspirative Cover Systems at Three Sites in the Semi-arid and Arid Southwest U.S. (supervisor: Professor Charbeneau and Professor Stephen G. Wright). Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. December, 2004.

El-Sherbiny, Rami M. (2005). Performance of Suction Caissons Used to Anchor Offshore Floating Structures in Normally Consolidated Clay. (supervisor: Professors Robert B. Gilbert and Roy E. Olson). Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. August, 2005.

Smith, Ryan Timothy (2005). Review of Prediction of Deformations by Utilizing Dynamic Soil Properties. (supervisor: Prof. Kenneth H. Stokoe). Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. August, 2005.

Wang, Lei (2005). Global Stability Analyses of Mechanically Stabilized Earth Walls. (supervisor: Prof. Stephen G. Wright). Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. May, 2005.

Kang, Young Cheol (2005). Pullout of Geosynthetic Reinforcements with In-Line Drainage Capacity in Cohesive Soil. (supervisor: Jorge G. Zornberg). Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. May, 2005.

Allen, John Michael (2005). Forced Ventilated Swell-Shrink Test for Potential Vertical Expansive Soil Movements. MS Thesis (supervisor: Prof. Robert B. Gilbert). Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. May, 2005.

Najjar, Shadi Sam (2005). Importance of Lower-Bound Capacities in Geotechnical Reliability Assessments. PhD Dissertation (supervisor: Prof. Robert B. Gilbert), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. May, 2005.

Li, Chunling (2005). Mechanical Response of Fiber-Reinforced Soil. PhD Dissertation (supervisor: Prof. Jorge G. Zornberg), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. May, 2005.

Hazirbaba, Kenan (2005). Pore Pressure Generation Characteristics of Sands and Silty Sands: A Strain Approach. PhD Dissertation (supervisor: Prof. Ellen M. Rathje), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. May, 2005.

Research Completed in 2004

Adams, Ashley Renee (2004). Assessment of Rapid Methods for Density Control of MSE Walls and Embankments. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof. Ellen M. Rathje), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. December, 2004.

Wappett, Hailey Lyndel (2004). Investigation of the Thermal Response of a Tire Shred-Soil Embankment. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof. Jorge G. Zornberg), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. December, 2004.

Dangayach, Sanyam (2004). Reliability Analysis for Mooring System of A Spar in Deepwater Gulf of Mexico. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof. Robert B. Gilbert), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. December, 2004.

Lee, Yong Woo (2004). Equivalent-Linear Dynamic Sliding Response Analysis of Geotechnical Earth Structures. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof. Ellen M. Rathje), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. December, 2004.

Lantz, John Bertram (2004). Determination of the Remaining Life of Rigid Airfield Pavement through Super-Accelerated Pavement Testing. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof. Kenneth H. Stokoe), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. December, 2004.

Vanka, Sandeep Krishna R. (2004). Laboratory Tests to Estimate Strength Profile of Normally Consolidated Kaolinite. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof. Robert B. Gilbert/Prof. Roy E. Olson), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. December, 2004.

Osborne, Wade N. (2004). The Examination of Design Procedures for Singe and Multi-Tier Mechanically Stabilized Earth Walls. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof. Stephen G. Wright), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. December, 2004.

Coronado, Gilbert Marcus (2004). Examination of Slope Failures that have Occurred as a Result of Earthquakes. MS Report (supervisor: Prof. Stephen G. Wright), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. August, 2004.

Jain, Abhishek (2004). Evaluation of Pullout Capacity of Ribbed Metallic Strip Reinforcement in Crushed Concrete and Recycled Asphalt. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof. Ellen M. Rathje/Prof. Alan F. Rauch), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. May, 2004.

Shields, Michael Kent (2004). Bending Stiffness Index Text for Geogrid Reinforcement of Pavement Base Material. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof. Robert B. Gilbert), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. May, 2004.

Research Completed in 2003

Coffman, Richard Aaron (2003). Horizontal Capacity of Suction Caissons in Normally Consolidated Kaolinite. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof. Alan F. Rauch), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. December, 2003.

Marr, Scott Andrew (2003). A Practical Method for Modeling Expansive Soil Behavior. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof. Alan F. Rauch /Prof. Robert B. Gilbert), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. December, 2003.

Choi, Wonkyoung (2003). Linear and Nonlinear Dynamic Properties from Combined Resonant Column and Torsional Shear Tests of Rosrine Phase-II Specimens. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof. Kenneth H. Stokoe, II), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. August, 2003.

Hance, James J. (2003). Development of a Database and Assessment of Seafloor Slope Stability Based on Published Literature. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof. Stephen G. Wright), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. August, 2003.

Jathal, Jagrut K. (2003). Investigation of VS Profiles Measured By Borehole And Surface-Wave Seismic Techniques. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof. Kenneth H. Stokoe, II), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. August, 2003.

Hsieh, Tien-Wei (2003). Hydraulic Conductivity of Recycled Asphalt Pavement and Crushed Concrete. MS Report (supervisor: Prof. Ellen M. Rathje), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. May, 2003.

Jersey, Sarah Rebecca (2003). Development of Geotechnical Engineering Entries for The Electronic Encyclopedia of Earthquakes. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof. Ellen M. Rathje), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. May, 2003.

Menq, Farn-Yuh (2003). Dynamic Properties of Sandy and Gravelly Soils. PhD Dissertation (supervisor: Prof. Kenneth H. Stokoe Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. May, 2003.

Turner, Dennis James (2003). Development of Parameters to Quantify Continuous Deflection Profiles From a Rolling Dynamic Deflectometer. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof. Kenneth H. Stokoe, II), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. May, 2003.

Research Completed in 2002

Chang, Wen-Jong (2002). Development of an In Situ Dynamic Liquefaction Test. PhD Dissertation (supervisor: Prof. Ellen M. Rathje Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. August, 2002.

Altuntas, Cem (2002). Development of a Statistical Model for Laterally Loaded Pile Analysis to Reduce Uncertainty In An Offshore Field. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof. Robert B. Gilbert/Prof. Stephen G. Wright), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. May, 2002.

Chemadurov, Emily (Summers) (2002). Risk Analysis of Oil Storage on Spars In The Gulf of Mexico. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof. Robert B. Gilbert), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. May, 2002.

Faraj, Fadi Nabil (2002). Update of Predictive Relationship for Frequency Content Parameters of Earthquake Ground Motions. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof. Ellen M. Rathje), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. May, 2002.

Karatas, Ismail (2002). Evaluation of Ground Failure In Pull-Apart Basins During the 1999 Kocaeli Earthquake. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof. Ellen M. Rathje/Prof. Stephen G. Wright), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. August, 2002.

Luke, Adam Michael (2002). Axial Capacity of Suction Caissons In Normally Consolidated Kaolinite. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof Alan F. Rauch/Prof. Roy E. Olson), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. August, 2002.

Obermeyer, Jason Eugene (2002). Drained Direct Shear Testing on Clay-Geomembrane Interfaces. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof. Rober B. Gilbert), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. May, 2002.

Sharma, Aashish (2002). Dynamic Response of Deep Downhole Array Sites. MS Report (supervisor: Prof. Ellen M. Rathje), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. May, 2002.

Terrell, Ronald G. (2002). Measuring Directional Stiffnesses in Pavement Base Material. MS Report (supervisor: Prof. Kenneth H. Stokoe), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. May, 2002.

Thomas, John Albert (2002). Chemical Soil Stabilization: A Laboratory Comparison of the Effectiveness of Three Liquid Products and Lime. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof. Alan F. Rauch), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. May, 2002.

Wang, Dongyuan (2002). Development of a Method for Model Calibration with Non-Normal Data. PhD Dissertation (supervisor: Prof. Robert B. Gilbert), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. May, 2002.

Vanshaar, Steven Robert (2002). Dynamic Analysis for Suction Caissons and Geologic Model for Makassar Strait. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof. Robert B. Gilbert), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. May, 2002.

Research Completed in 2001

Axtell, Paul Jason (2001). In-Situ Measurements of Linear and Nonlinear Properties of a Near-Surface, Poorly Graded Sand. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof. Kenneth H. Stokoe, II), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. December, 2001.

Carley, Patrick James (2001). Hydraulic Conductivity and Drained Strength of Recycled Asphalt Pavement and Crushed Concrete. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof. Alan F. Rauch/Prof. Ellen M. Rathje), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. December, 2001.

Chiara, Nicola (2001). Investigation of Small-Strain Shear Stiffness Measured in Field and Laboratory Geotechnical Studies. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof. Kenneth H. Stokoe, II), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. December, 2001.

Brown, Rollins P. (2001). Predicting the Ultimate Axial Resistance of Single Driven Piles. PhD Dissertation (supervisor: Prof. Roy E. Olson), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. August, 2001.

Browne, Craig Robert (2001). An Evaluation of Automated Devices to Replace and Augment Manual Sieve Analyses in Determining Aggregate Gradation. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof. Alan F. Rauch/Prof. Carl Haas), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. December, 2001.

Chen, Jiun-Yih (2001). Borehole SASW Tool: Parametric studies and Field Tests. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof. Kenneth H. Stokoe, II), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. August, 2001.

Darendeli, Mehmet Baris (2001). Development of a New Family of Normalized Modulus Reduction and Material Damping Curves. PhD Dissertation (supervisor: Prof. Kenneth H. Stokoe, II), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. August, 2001.

Eric Robert (2001). Influence of Compaction Conditions on The Settlement Due to Wetting of Fine Uniform Sands. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof. Stephen G. Wright), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. December, 2001.

Hanson, Joshua Lott (2001). A New Interface Shear Device and Air Permeameter for Measuring Unsaturated Properties of Nonwoven Geotextiles. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof. Robert B. Gilbert), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. December, 2001.

Lee, Jeffrey Lik Yeung (2001). Application of the Rolling Dynamic Deflectometer to Project-Level Pavements Studies. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof. Kenneth H. Stokoe, II), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. December, 2001.

Mecham, Elliott Carl (2001). A Laboratory for Measuring the Axial and Lateral Load Capacity of Model Suction Caissons. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof. Alan F. Rauch), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. December, 2001.

Pedersen, Robert C. (2001). Model Offshore Soil Depost: Preparation, and Characterization. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof. Roy E. Olson), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. December, 2001.

Harmon, Jacqueline S. (2001). A Laboratory Evaluation of Three Liquid Chemical Soil Stabilizers. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof. Alan F. Rauch), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. August, 2001.

Liedtke, Eric Arthur (2001). Effect from Uncertainties in Bathymetric Measurements and Variability in Topography on Computed Stability of Offshore Slopes in Deep Water. PhD Dissertation (supervisor: Prof. Stephen G. Wright), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. May, 2001.

Research Competed in 2000

Arcement, Brad Joseph (2000). Evaluation of Laboratory Compaction Standards for Chohesionless Soils. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof. Stephen G. Wright), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. December, 2000.

Jaber, Jihad (2000). Comparative Risk Analysis of Four Deepwater Oil Production Systems in The Gulf of Mexico. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof. Robert B. Gilbert), Department of Civil Engineering. The University of Texas at Austin. December, 2000.

Lauro, Frank John (2000). The Effect of Earthquake Magnitude and Frequency Content on Ground Motions at Soil Sites. MS thesis (supervisor: Prof. Ellen M. Rathje), Department of Civil En ineering. The University of Texas at Austin. December, 2000.