I am an Assistant Professor of geomechanics and geotechnical engineering at the Department of Structural Engineering, University of California San Diego. I wish to dedicate my research efforts towards creating a better world through exploration and development of civil engineering infrastructure for supporting renewable and sustainable energy resources. 

My fundamental and applied research interests evolve around micromechanical approaches to better understand, characterize and define coupled processes in soils and rocks. Specific current research topics: 
  • micromechanics of particulate systems;
  • behavior of dense fluid-particulate systems; 
  • particle agglomerations
  • rock behavior of deep georeservoirs; 
  • hydraulic fracture initiation and propagation in rock mass; 
  • re-fracturing and hydro-thermo-mechanical coupled processes in fractured rock mass; 
  • proppant flow and transport in georeservoirs; 
  • CO2 storage in rock mass;
  • mechanics and fracture of ice with impurities;
  • hydrophobic soils behavior, treatment and micromechanics of mud-flows onset. 
I am actively involved in geotechnical engineering practice in Europe and USA. Through my 15 years consultancy experience, I gained expertise in deep excavation design in urban areas, design of retaining walls, soil nailing, soil improvement techniques, landslide remediation and shallow and deep foundation engineering.

I am interested in encouraging women from under-representative groups to join exciting world of science and engineering, please join my research team!