Our research group seeks to better understand and predict how geotechnical systems behave in a variety of engineering problems—from geologic hazards and underground infrastructure, to subsurface energy production and its environmental impact. We focus on the development and use of accurate, efficient computational approaches to address complex mechanical processes (e.g. large deformation, fracture, and failure) in soils and rocks. Of particular interest are coupled multiphysical problems whereby geomechanical processes strongly interact with fluid flow and other environmental phenomena—as when rainfall triggers landslides, pressurized fluid fractures rocks, or climate change damages infrastructure. The overarching goal of our research is to enable and support engineering technologies for a more resilient and sustainable world.

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