Research Areas research areas


  • An Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
    Teach and Research in different areas of Geotechnical Engineering and Geomechanics with focus on unsaturated soil mechanics and geotechnical earthquake engineering.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2022 Performance of rocking foundations on unsaturated soil layers with variable groundwater levelsGeotechnique: international journal of soil mechanics.  72:984-997. 2022
    2022 Bio-inspired geotechnical engineering: principles, current work, opportunities and challengesGeotechnique: international journal of soil mechanics.  72:687-705. 2022
    2022 Soil-Foundation-Structure Interaction of Inelastic Structural Systems on Unsaturated Soil LayersJournal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering.  148. 2022
    2022 Site response analysis of induced seismic events in the CENA regionSoil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering.  153:107118-107118. 2022
    2021 A system dynamics framework for mechanistic analysis of flexible pavement systems under moisture variationsTransportation Geotechnics.  30:100619-100619. 2021
    2021 Compositional and geoenvironmental factors in microbially induced partial saturationEnvironmental Geotechnics.  8:282-294. 2021
    2021 Seismic Compression of Unsaturated Silty Sands: A Strain-Based ApproachJournal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering.  147. 2021
    2021 Evaluation of two-stage scaling for physical modelling of soil-foundation-structure systemsInternational Journal of Physical Modelling in Geotechnics.  21:98-113. 2021
    2021 Liquefaction Mitigation of Sands with Nonplastic Fines via Microbial-Induced Partial SaturationJournal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering.  147. 2021
    2021 Discussion of "Simplified Procedure for Prediction of Earthquake-Induced Settlements in Partially Saturated Soils" by Abdulhakim Zeybek and Santana Phani Gopal MadabhushiJournal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering.  147. 2021
    2020 Effects of Groundwater Level on Seismic Response of Soil-Foundation SystemsJournal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering.  146:04020110. 2020
    2020 The role of predictive models for resilient modulus of unbound materials in pavement FWD-deflection assessmentRoad Materials and Pavement Design.  21:374-392. 2020
    2019 The role of kinematic interaction on measured seismic response of soil-foundation-structure systemsSoil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering.  125:105674-105674. 2019
    2019 Impact of subsurface water on structural performance of inundated flexible pavementsThe International Journal of Pavement Engineering.  20:947-957. 2019
    2018 A Review on Soil-Water Retention Scaling in Centrifuge Modeling of Unsaturated SandsGeotechnical Testing Journal.  41:979-997. 2018
    2018 Seismic behavior of pile-supported systems in unsaturated sandSoil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering.  112:162-173. 2018
    2018 Numerical Modeling of Cone Penetration Test in Unsaturated Sand inside a Calibration ChamberInternational Journal of Geomechanics.  18:04017148. 2018
    2018 Methodology to evaluate performance of pavement structure using soil moisture profileRoad Materials and Pavement Design.  19:952-971. 2018
    2017 Physical and mechanical properties of reconstructed bio-cemented sandSoils and Foundations.  57:698-706. 2017
    2017 Cyclic Triaxial Test to Measure Strain-Dependent Shear Modulus of Unsaturated SandInternational Journal of Geomechanics.  17:04017043. 2017
    2017 Cyclic Direct Simple Shear Test to Measure Strain-Dependent Dynamic Properties of Unsaturated SandGeotechnical Testing Journal.  40:20160128-20160128. 2017
    2017 Centrifuge tests to assess seismic site response of partially saturated sand layersSoil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering.  94:254-265. 2017
    2016 Procedure to Estimate the Seismic Settlement of Partially Saturated SoilsIndian Geotechnical Journal.  46:272-275. 2016
    2016 Seismic Performance of Underground Reservoir Structures: Insight from Centrifuge Modeling on the Influence of Structure StiffnessJournal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering.  142:04016020. 2016
    2015 Evaluation of 1-D seismic site response modeling of sand using centrifuge experimentsSoil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering.  78:19-31. 2015
    2015 Effect of Ground Motion Characteristics on Seismic Soil-Foundation-Structure InteractionEarthquake Spectra.  31:1789-1812. 2015
    2014 Closure to "performance of a transparent Flexible Shear Beam container for geotechnical centrifuge modelling of dynamic problems" by Ghayoomi M., Dashti S., and McCartney JSSoil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering.  67:363-369. 2014
    2013 Performance of a transparent Flexible Shear Beam container for geotechnical centrifuge modeling of dynamic problemsSoil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering.  53:230-239. 2013
    2013 Empirical Methodology to Estimate Seismically Induced Settlement of Partially Saturated SandJournal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering - ASCE Journal of Geotechcnical Engineering.  139:367-376. 2013
    2011 Measurement of Small-Strain Shear Moduli of Partially Saturated Sand During Infiltration in a Geotechnical CentrifugeGeotechnical Testing Journal.  34:503-513. 2011
    2011 Centrifuge Test to Assess the Seismic Compression of Partially Saturated Sand LayersGeotechnical Testing Journal.  34:321-331. 2011

    Conference Paper

    Year Title
    2022 A Conceptual System Dynamics Framework to Evaluate Performance of Pavement Foundations Under Moisture Variations.  3-15. 2022
    2021 Cyclic Response and Instability Analysis of Seabed With Cohesionless Soils Due to Surging WavesVolume 6: Ocean Engineering. 2021
    2020 A semi-empirical model to predict excess pore pressure generation in partially saturated sandE3S Web of Conferences. 02026-02026. 2020
    2020 Centrifuge Tests to Evaluate Seismic Settlement of Shallow Foundations on Unsaturated Silty SandGeotechnical Special Publication. 198-207. 2020
    2019 Liquefaction Mitigation of Silty Sands via Microbial Induced Partial SaturationGeo-Congress 2019. 2019
    2019 Centrifuge Tests to Evaluate Dynamic Impedance Functions of Square Surface Foundation.  1-1. 2019
    2019 Sensitivity of Seismic Site Response to Fluctuations in Water Levels.  1-1. 2019
    2018 Application of Cone Penetrometer for Unsaturated Soils inside Geotechnical Centrifuge 2018
    2018 Centrifuge Modeling to Evaluate Kinematic Soil-Foundation-Structure InteractionGeotechnical Special Publication. 321-329. 2018
    2018 Design and Calibration of a Miniature Cone for Testing in Unsaturated SoilsGeotechnical Special Publication. 436-446. 2018
    2018 Dynamic Response of Microbial Induced Partially Saturated Sand 2018
    2018 Effect of Shaking Intensity on Seismic Response of Unsaturated Sand Layers 2018
    2018 Experimental evaluation of two-stage scaling in physical modelling of soil-foundation-structure systemsPHYSICAL MODELLING IN GEOTECHNICS, VOL 1. 349-354. 2018
    2018 Modelling experiments to investigate soil-water retention in geotechnical centrifugePHYSICAL MODELLING IN GEOTECHNICS, VOL 1. 247-252. 2018
    2017 Numerical Evaluation of the Effect of Unsaturated Soil above the Water Table on Cone ResistanceGeotechnical Special Publication. 623-632. 2017
    2016 Challenges in Seismic Modelling of Soil-Structure Systems with Unsaturated Soils using Geotechnical Centrifuge 2016
    2016 Simple Numerical Model to Simulate Penetration Testing in Unsaturated SoilsE3S Web of Conferences. 08011-08011. 2016
    2016 Suction-controlled dynamic simple shear apparatus for measurement of dynamic properties of unsaturated soilsE3S Web of Conferences. 09001-09001. 2016
    2015 Centrifuge Test to Evaluate Internal Strut Loads in Shallow Underground Retaining StructuresXV Pan-American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. 2615-2622. 2015
    2015 Simplified Equivalent Linear and Nonlinear Site Response Analysis of Partially Saturated Soil LayersGeotechnical Special Publication. 2131-2140. 2015
    2015 Suction-Controlled Cyclic Triaxial System for Measurement of Dynamic Properties of Unsaturated SoilsXV Pan-American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. 2150-2157. 2015
    2014 Effect of Earthquake Shaking Intensity and Intensity Rate on Soil-Foundation-Structure Interaction8th International Conference in Physical Modeling in Geotechnics. 1017-1023. 2014
    2014 Equivalent linear site response analysis of partially saturated sand layersInternational Conference in Unsaturated Soil Mechanics. 561-567. 2014
    2014 Renovation and Reoperation of a Geotechnical Centrifuge at the University of New Hampshire8th International Conference of Physical Modeling in Geotechnics. 201-205. 2014
    2014 Seismic Soil-Structure-Interaction and Lateral Earth Pressures on Buried Reservoir StructuresGeotechnical Special Publication. 1215-1224. 2014
    2013 Centrifuge Modeling of Seismic Soil-Structure Interaction, and Lateral Earth Pressures for Large Near-Surface Underground Structures18th International Conference in Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering,. 899-902. 2013
    2012 Centrifuge Evaluation of the Impact of Partial Saturation on the Amplification of Peak Ground Acceleration in Soil LayersGeotechnical Special Publication. 1968-1977. 2012
    2012 Sensing of Lateral Seismic Earth Pressures in Geotechnical Centrifuge Models15th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering,. 2012
    2010 Challenges in Predicting the Earthquake-Induced Settlements of Partially Saturated SandsGeotechnical Special Publication. 3052-3061. 2010
    2010 Impact of Effective Stress in Dynamic Shear Modulus of Unsaturated SandsGeotechnical Special Publication. 410-419. 2010
    2007 Cyclic Behavior of Limy Cemented Gravelly Sand4th International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering. 2007
    2006 The Effect of Open Trench on Active Foundation Isolation Using Physical ModelingInternational Conference on Physical Modeling in Geotechnics. 1217-1228. 2006
    2003 The Behavior of Reinforced High Strength Concrete Frames Under Impact Loading.10th Iran National Civil Engineering Conference. 2003
    2003 The effect of strength and Ductility of Steel on Impact Strength of High strength Concrete Frames10th Iran National Civil Engineering Conference. 2003
    Bearing Capacity Analysis of Pavement Structures for Short Term Flooding Events.  2127-2133.
    Design and Performance of A Transparent Flexible Shear Beam- Container for Dynamic Geotechnical Centrifuge Testing
    Earthquake Induced Lateral Deformation of Pile-Supported System in Unsaturated Sand
    Simulating Seismic Response of Unsaturated Sand Layers inside a Geotechnical Centrifuge.  1553-1553.
    The Theoretical Ultimate Lateral Resistance Near the Soil Surface in Unsaturated Cohesionless Soils

    Principal Investigator On

  • Collaborative Research: Hybrid Flow-Sediment-Structure Interaction Analysis of Extreme Scour due to Coastal Flooding  awarded by National Science Foundation (NSF) 2022 - 2024
  • Flooded Pavement Assessment App - Phase II  awarded by Minnesota Dept of Transportation 2021 - 2024
  • Soil Moisture and Earthquakes: Integrating Satellite Soil Moisture Data with Seismic Records  awarded by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 2020 - 2023
  • EAGER: SAI-E: Collaborative Research: Behavior Theories for Resilient and Sustainable Infrastructure - A New Paradigm in Performance Assessment and Modeling  awarded by National Science Foundation (NSF) 2021 - 2023
  • Permeability Evolution and Mechanical Response pf Propped Fractured Rocks with Multi-Phase Fluid  awarded by American Chemical Society 2021 - 2023
  • Collaborative Research: NNA Track 2: Seismic Resilience and Adaptation of Arctic Infrastructure and Social Systems amid Changing Climate  awarded by National Science Foundation (NSF) 2020 - 2022
  • Mechanistic Load Restriction Decision Platform for Pavement Systems Prone to Moisture Variations  awarded by Minnesota Dept of Transportation 2019 - 2021
  • Seismic Soil-Foundation-Structure Interaction in Unsaturated Soils  awarded by Disaster Prevention Research Institute - Kyoto University 2019 - 2021
  • Support IIE-GIRE Awardee  awarded by Global E3 2019 - 2020
  • Long Distance Network Facilitation Seed Grant  awarded by Syracuse University 2017 - 2018
  • Seismic Site Response Analysis Considering Partially Saturated Soil Conditions  awarded by National Science Foundation (NSF) 2013 - 2016
  • Geotechnical Centrifuge  awarded by University of Southern California 2012 -
  • Teaching Activities

  • Geotechnical Modeling Taught course 2023
  • Soil Mechanics Taught course 2023
  • Soil Mechanics Taught course 2023
  • Intro to Geotec Earthquake Eng Taught course 2022
  • Soil-Structure-Interaction Taught course 2022
  • Intro to Geotec Earthquake Eng Taught course 2022
  • Soil Mechanics Taught course 2022
  • Soil Mechanics Taught course 2022
  • Geotechnical Modeling Taught course 2021
  • Engineering Behavior of Soils Taught course 2021
  • Soil Mechanics Taught course 2021
  • Soil Mechanics Taught course 2021
  • Soil-Structure-Interaction Taught course 2020
  • Foundation Design I Taught course 2019
  • Foundation Design I Taught course 2019
  • Geotechnical Modeling Taught course 2019
  • Soil-Structure-Ineraction Taught course 2018
  • Engineering Behavior of Soils Taught course 2018
  • Soil Mechanics Taught course 2018
  • Soil Mechanics Taught course 2018
  • Foundation Design I Taught course 2017
  • Foundation Design I Taught course 2017
  • Intro to Geotec Earthquake Eng Taught course 2017
  • Foundation Design I Taught course 2016
  • Soil-Structure-Ineraction Taught course 2016
  • Intro to Geotec Earthquake Eng Taught course 2016
  • Project Planning and Design Taught course 2016
  • Foundation Design I Taught course 2015
  • Geotechnical Modeling Taught course 2015
  • Geotechnical Modeling Taught course 2015
  • Engineering Behavior of Soils Taught course 2015
  • Project Planning and Design Taught course 2015
  • Foundation Design I Taught course 2014
  • Soil-Structure-Ineraction Taught course 2014
  • Geotechnical Modeling Taught course 2014
  • Project Planning and Design Taught course 2014
  • Senior Honors Thesis Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

  • B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Tehran
  • M.S. Civil Engineering, Sharif University
  • Ph.D. Civil Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Full Name

  • Majid Ghayoomi
  • Mailing Address

  • University of New Hampshire

    Civil and Environmental Engineering

    W175 Kingsbury Hall 33 Academic Way

    Durham, NH - New Hampshire  03824

    United States