We are always looking for students with strong physics and mechanics background to join my multidisciplinary research group. Students can choose to study either in the Geotechnical Engineering and Geomechanics track or the Engineering Science track in the CEAE department. The former focus more on applying geomechanics to geotechnical and energy geotech problems. The Engineering Science track focus more on the physics of porous and granular materials with the goal of advancing fundamental science. Those interested can send their detailed resume to The email should include a brief description of research background and interests.

The deadline for graduate student applications is typically in early December. More information on the graduate student application process can be found on the Department website. Graduate student applicants are also encouraged apply for external fellowships, such as those available from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor, Geotechnical Engineering and Geomechanics

Email:   Tel: +1 303-492-0962

Current graduate students

Yazeed Kokash

Doctoral student, July. 2022 - Current

Hooman Dadras

Doctoral student, Jan. 2023 - Current

Mohammadali Behboodi

Doctoral student, Aug. 2023 - Current

Amir Sayari

Doctoral student, Aug. 2023 - Current

Wanqi Yu

Master student,  May. 2022 - Current

Past group members

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Jan. 2022 - Dec. 2022

Ph.D., June. 2019 - Dec. 2021.

Yuxuan Wen

Doctoral student,  Aug. 2018 - Dec. 2022

Andrea Tyrrell

M.S., Jan. 2021 - July 2022

Mitul Sisodiya

Ph.D., Aug. 2017 - Dec. 2021

Xiang Zhou

Ph.D., Aug. 2016 - June. 2021

Yao Wang

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Feb. 2020 - Sept. 2021

Shubjot Singh

M.S., Sept. 2018 - Aug. 2020

Andrew Joseph Philpott

M.S., Jan. 2017 - June 2018

Joon Soo Park

M.S., Jan. 2017 - April 2018

Rebecca Scheetz

M.S., Jan. 2017 - July 2017

Undergraduate researchers

Tao Wang, Jan. 2018 – May 2018. 

Trinity Payne, Jan. 2019 – May 2019.

Noah Traynor, Jan. 2019 – May 2019.

Visiting scholars

Zheng Hu

Visiting student, Zhejiang University, China (9. 2017-9. 2018)

Now Assistant Professor at Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China.