Graduate Students

Doctorate

Maryam Alahmar

Topic: Bio-cementation in Fractured Sedimentary Rocks.
2017-present 
Advisor: M. Gutierrez

 

Gauen Alexander

Topic: Engineering Feasibility Study of the Future Extension of the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel (EJMT).
2018-present 
Advisor: M. Gutierrez

Ben Appleby

Topic: Hydrodynamic interactions of suspensions in non-Newtonian fluids. 
2019-present
Advisor: J. Samaniuk

Ketan Arora

Topic: Scale-Model Simulation of Squeezing in Tunnels in Soft Rocks.
2017-Present 
Advisors: M. Gutierrez and A. Hedayat

Josef Bourgeois

Topic: Waterjet Removal of Shotcrete and Structural Liners in Underground Workings. 
Expected Graduation December 2020
Advisor: H. Miller

Awais Butt

Topic: Bio-cementation in Fractured Sedimentary Rocks.
2017-present 
Advisor: A. Hedayat

 

Erick Cruz

Topic: Tunnel Instability in Rocks as a Bifurcation Problem.
2019-Present 
Advisor: M. Gutierrez

Tamir Epel

Topic: Cross Passage Ground-Structure Interaction. 
2017-present
Advisors: M. Mooney and M. Gutierrez

Rajat Gangrade

Topic: Spatial Uncertainty and Dynamic Risk Modeling in Underground Engineering.
2017-present
Advisor: M. Mooney

Prasoon Garg

Topic: Numerical Simulation of Fracture Initiation and Growth.
2018-Present 
Advisor: A. Hedayat

Amin Gheibi

Topic: Coupled Mechanical and Ultrasonic Investigation of Physical Processes in Granular Gouge Layers.
2016-Present 
Advisor: A. Hedayat

Justin Hall

Topic: Cyclic behavior of cohesive silts.
2015-present 
Advisor: M. Mooney

Carl Healy

Topic: Scientific Drilling.
2017-Present 
Advisor: B. Eustes

Ammad Khan

Topic: Characterization of Geopolymerized Tailings.
2019-present 
Advisor: A. Hedayat

Sandeep Khetwal

Topic: Developing Resilience Model for Road Tunnels Under Operation.
2017-present 
Advisors: M. Gutierrez and S. Pei

Ashton Krajnovich

Topic: Adaptive Geological Modeling.
2017-present 
Advisors: M. Gutierrez and W. Zhou

Hui Lu

Topic: Bio-cementation in Fractured Sedimentary Rocks.
2017-present 
Advisor: M. Gutierrez

 

Linan Lui

Topic: Tunneling-Induced Ground Subsidence.
2019-present 
Advisors: M. Gutierrez and W. Zhou

Ali Nazem

Topic: Investigation of Soil-Foam Mixing and Segregation using a Novel Laboratory-Scaled Pressurized Chamber.
2014-present 
Advisor: M. Mooney

Sharmin Sarna

Topic: Machine Learning for TBM Excavations in Rocks.
2019-present 
Advisors: M. Gutierrez and M. Mooney

Sankhaneel Sinha

Topic: Integrating in-situ mining data into numerical models to better understand damage processes in large underground excavations, development of practical support guidelines to minimize ground-related hazards.
2017-Present 
Advisor: G. Walton

Ashley Wilson

Topic: Segmental Concrete Lining Behavior for Large Diameter TBM Tunnels.
2019-present 
Advisor: M. Mooney

Kendall Wnuk

Topic: Remote sensing and GIS; specifically in using InSAR to measure surface deformation induced by both natural and anthropogenic activities.
2017-Present 
Advisors: M. Gutierrez and G. Walton

Hongjie Yu

Topic: Artificial Intelligence in Tunneling.
2014-present 
Advisor: M. Mooney

Sana Zafar

Topic: Multi-Modal Monitoring of Damage in Prismatic Rock.
2019-present 
Advisor: A. Hedayat

Haotian Zheng

Topic: Deterministic and probabilistic analysis and reliability-based design optimization for SEM (Sequential Excavation Method) tunneling.
2017-present 
Advisors: M. Mooney and M. Gutierrez

 

Masters

Hazar Kumas

Topic: Performance Prediction and Utilization of EPB TBMs.
2019-present 
Advisor: J. Rostami

Ryan O’Connell

Topic: Practical analysis of the performance prediction of TBM utilization factor.
2019-present 
Advisors: J. Rostami