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Geotechnical Engineering


The University of Oklahoma's Geotechnical Engineering Program has six faculty who teach and perform research in various avenues of unsaturated soil mechanics, foundation engineering, constitutive modeling, geosynthetic applications, rock mechanics, clay mineralogy, engineering geology and pavement design. To learn more about each faculty member, please go to their respective home pages.


Amy B. Cerato, Professor

Amy B. Cerato, Ph.D., P.E.

Office: CEC 450C
Phone: (405) 325-5625
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University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Research: Microscale soil properties used to predict macroscale soil behavior, expansive and unsaturated soil behavior, shrinkage characteristics of fine-grained soils, helical anchor capacity

Teaching: Foundation engineering, soil mechanics, engineering geology, laboratory and in situ testing

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Kianoosh Hatami, Professor

Kianoosh Hatami

Office: CEC 450B
Phone: (405) 325-3674
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McMaster University

Research: Static and seismic analysis of  reinforced-soil retaining walls and foundations,  applications of modern materials (i.e., geosynthetics)

Teaching: Earthquake engineering, statics and dynamics, geosynthetics

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Gerald (Jerry) Miller, Professor

Gerald Miller

Office: CEC 332A
Phone: (405) 325-4253
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University of Massachusetts

Research: Invasive-type in situ testing in unsaturated soils; use of in situ test results for foundation design; development of innovative in situ testing technology; slope stability; field testing of prototype foundations, and field evaluation of soil stabilization and earthwork construction

Teaching: In situ and laboratory testing, advanced soil mechanics, unsaturated soil mechanics

K.K. "Muralee" Muraleetharan, Professor

K.K. (Muralee) Muraleetharan

Office: CEC 332B
Phone: (405) 325-4247
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University of California, Davis

Research: Simulation of static and dynamic behavior of two- (saturated soils) and three-phase (unsaturated soils) porous media using finite element methods; centrifuge testing; laboratory testing of saturated and unsaturated soils; constitutive modeling; soil-structure interaction; and infrastructure resilience

Teaching: Soil-structure Interaction, Constitutive Modeling of Geomaterials, Soil Dynamics, Environmental Geotechnology

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Musharraf Zaman, Professor

Musharraf Zaman

Office: CEC 213A
Phone: (405) 325-4682
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University of Arizona

Research: Soil dynamics, rock mechanics, soil structure interaction, flow through porous media, mine system design and ground control, bridge approach settlements 

Teaching: Pavement design, strength of materials

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