Xinbao Yu, Ph.D., PE
Associate Professor, Geotechnical Engineering
Department of Civil Engineering
The University of Texas at Arlington
429 Nedderman Hall Building
416 Yates St., Box 19308
Arlington, TX 76019
Tel: 817-272-1243, Fax: 817-272-2630
Email: xinbao@uta.edu

EDUCATION
Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 2009
M.S., Civil Engineering, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY 2005
M.S.E., Geotechnical Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing, China 2003
B.S., Civil Engineering, Chang'an University, Xi'an, China 2000

PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION
Licensed Professional Engineer, TX (2011- )

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Dr. Yu's group focuses on interdisciplinary aspects of geotechnical engineering, sensor technology, and advanced numerical simulation. The long term research goal is to better characterize and understand the multi-phase porous soil media through the development of new sensing techniques and advanced numerical simulations. Specific research areas include time domain reflectometry (TDR) technology, geothermal energy, reliability and risk based geotechnical design, and numerical simulations.

Md. Rakib Hasan
Email: mohammadrhasan@mavs.uta.edu

EDUCATION
Ph.D. Student in Geotechnical Engineering
University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)
B.S. in Civil Engineering, 2013
Islamic University of Technology, Gazipur, Bangladesh

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Reliability Based Foundation Design

BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT
Rakib Hasan is a Ph.D. student in Geotechnical Engineering at University of Texas at Arlington. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from Islamic University of Technology, Gazipur, Bangladesh. He is currently conducting research with Dr. Xinbao Yu on reliability based foundation design.






Xuelin (John) Wang
Email: xuelin.wang@mavs.uta.edu

EDUCATION
Ph.D. Student in Geotechnical Engineering
University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)
B.S. Civil Engineering; Computer Science, 2015
University of Mount Union, Alliance, Ohio

RESEARCH INTERESTS
1. Design, fabrication, and utilization of thermo-TDR sensors for soil and thermal properties measurement
2. TDR waveform simulation

BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT
Xuelin graduated from University of Mount Union with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and Computer Science before coming to UT Arlington. He previously did his internship in China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Corporation (CPPE). In his spare time he likes to travel, play basketball and workout.






Teng(Ted) Li
Email: teng.li@mavs.uta.edu

EDUCATION
Ph.D. Student in Geotechnical Engineering
University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)
M.S. Geoenvironmental Engineering, 2015
Clausthal University of Technology, Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany
B.S. Geoenvironmental Engineering, 2012
Clausthal University of Technology, Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany
B.E. Civil Engineering, 2011
Sichuan University, Sichuan, China

RESEARCH INTERESTS
1. Design, fabrication and experiments of geothermal heated bridge
2. Numerical Simulations of COMSOL Multiphysics
3. Research and analysis of energy balance and heat loss of geothermal heated bridge deck

BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT
Teng (Ted) Li obtained his M.S. Degree from Clausthal University of Technology in Geoenvironmental Engineering. In Germany, his research fields are numerical simulations of hydraulic fracturing in tight-gas reservoir and systematic trainings to perform geotechnical investigations. Previously, he did his internship in Qiling Transportation & Construction Engineering Co. Ltd. in China. He focused on planning and conducting soil sampling, analyzing geological structures of potential landfill sites, and assessing site condition. In his spare time, he likes to travel, play soccer, workout, and sing.






Gang(Bryan) Lei
Email: gang.lei@mavs.uta.edu

EDUCATION
Ph.D. Student in Geotechnical Engineering
University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)
M.S. Geoenvironmental Engineering, 2015
Beijing University of Technology, Beijing, China
B.S. Civil Engineering, 2012
Beijing University of Technology, Beijing, China
RESEARCH INTERESTS
1. Geothermal bridge deck deicing and energy pile
2. Thermal energy coupled with unsaturated soils
3. Underground construction and its impact, such as the influence of tunnel construction on existing pipes in urban area

BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT
Gang (Bryan) Lei graduated from Beijing University of Technology with B.S. and M.S. degree in Civil Engineering before coming to University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). He previously did several researches regarding underground construction. After obtaining a M.S. degree, he spent half year in an educational constitute and then went back as a research assistant in Beijing University of Technology. In his spare time, he prefers playing badminton and reading. He loves moral and political philosophy, and Ludwig Wittgenstein is one of his favorite philosophers. His motto is "Sapere Aude, via Veritas Vos Liberabit."






Omid Habibzadeh Bigdarvish
Email: omid.habibzadehbigda@mavs.uta.edu

EDUCATION
Ph.D. Student in Geotechnical Engineering
University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)
M.S. in Civil Engineering for Risk Mitigation, 2017
Politecnico di Milano, Italy
B.S. in Civil Engineering, 2014
Islamic Azad University (IAU), Iran

RESEARCH INTERESTS
1. Ground-coupled heat pump (GCHP) systems
2. Thermal Systems Simulation and Design
3. Energy Geostructures
4. Underground and Protective structures

BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT
Omid Habibzadeh Bigdarvish is a Ph.D. student in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). He received B.S. in Civil Engineering from Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran, and M.S. in Civil Engineering for Risk Mitigation from Politecnico di Milano, Italy. He previously conducted research on the modeling of thermo-active diaphragm walls by numerical analyses and monitoring data as his master's thesis. Currently, he is working on the design of ground-coupled heat pump systems for the bridge de-icing purposes.

Sandesh Gautam
Email: sandesh.gautam@mavs.uta.edu

EDUCATION
M.S. Student in Geotechnical Engineering
University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)
B.E. in Civil Engineering, 2015
Tribhuvan University, Nepal

RESEARCH TOPICS
1. Micro-characterization of soil
2. Stabilization of expansive clays

BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT
Sandesh Gautam graduated from IOE, Pulchowk Campus, Nepal under Tribhuvan University with a B.E. degree in Civil Engineering. He previously worked for Nepal government for the reconstruction of structures in earthquake -devastated areas. He joined the UT Arlington in 2017. He likes playing soccer. He enjoys playing guitar, singing song and travelling.






Mark Timothy Hurley
Email: mark.hurley@mavs.uta.edu

EDUCATION
M.S. Student in Geotechnical Engineering
University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)
B.S. in Mathematics and Geology, 2016
University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)

RESEARCH TOPICS
1. Modeling hydronic loop heating systems to simulate geothermal bridge de-icing
2. Fabrication of thermally conductive concrete

BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT
Mark Hurley is currently a M.S. student in Geotechnical Engineering at University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). Prior to furthering his education in graduate school, he obtained B.S. degrees in both Mathematics and Geology at UTA. He is currently conducting research under his advisor, Xinbao Yu, to model a hydronic loop system in a laboratory environment that is used to simulate the deicing of bridges via geothermal energy. He enjoys skydiving, road trips, reading, playing chess/billiards, and traveling in his free time.






Hiramani Raj Chimauriya
Email: hiramaniraj.chimauriya@mavs.uta.edu

EDUCATION
M.S. Student in Geotechnical Engineering
University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)
B.E. Civil Engineering, 2015
Kathmandu University, Nepal

RESEARCH TOPICS
1. Numerical analysis of concrete pipes.

BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT
Hiramani Raj Chimauriya graduated from Kathmandu University with a B.E. degree in Civil Engineering with a specialization in hydropower before coming to University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). He previously worked at Tanahu Hydropower Project, Nepal. In his spare time, he likes to travel, read and watch movies.

Xiumin(Austin) Liu


EDUCATION
B.S. Student in Electronic Engineering
University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)








Asheesh Pradhan, Ph.D.
Email: asheesh.pradhan@mavs.uta.edu

EDUCATION
Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering, 2015
University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)
M.S. in Civil Engineering, 2009
McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana
B.E. in Civil Engineering, 2004
Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University, Pulchwok, Nepal

RESEARCH INTERESTS
1. DEM model study of geogrid reinforcement
2. DEM model study of p- and s- wave in granular soil
3. Design and fabrication of TDR and Thermal-TDR sensors
4. TDR sensors for soil moisture and thermal property measurements

BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT
Dr. Asheesh Pradhan recently received PhD in civil engineering with focus in geotechnical engineering in the summer of 2015 from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA. He received his ME at McNeese State University in Lake Charles Louisiana and BE degree from Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University in Nepal. During his masters he worked on chemical stabilization of soil and design of driven pile foundations. During his PhD at UTA he worked on several research activities such as DEM modeling of geogrid reinforcements and dynamic soil properties and design and fabrication of TDR and Thermal-TDR sensors. Currently he is involved in several research projects involving filed application of TDR and TDT sensors, prediction of drilled shaft capacities, prospects of using geothermal energy for bridge deck deicing, and setting up of large scale geogrid pull out box setup.






Nan(Victor) Zhang, Ph.D.
Email: nan.zhang@mavs.uta.edu

EDUCATION
Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering, 2015
University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)
M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering, 2012
Geotechnical Research Institute, Hohai University
B.E. in Civil Engineering, 2009
Hohai University

RESEARCH INTERESTS
1. Development and Validation of TDR-based Sensors for Thermal Conductivity and
    Soil Suction Measurements
2. Use of Geothermal Energy for Deicing Approach Pavement Slabs and Bridge Decks

BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT
Dr. Nan (Victor) Zhang is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), Texas, USA. He received his BE and MS degree from Hohai University in Civil Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering, respectively. Then, he obtained his PhD degree from UTA in Geotechnical Engineering in 2015. He has been conducting research on: (1) Development and validation of thermo-TDR probe for geothermal applications; (2) Design of moisture/ suction TDR probe for unsaturated soils in geotechnical engineering; (3) Theoretical and experimental study on soil thermal conductivity prediction models; (4) Use of geothermal energy for deicing approach pavement slabs and bridge decks.






Elmira Riahi
Email: elmira.riahi@mavs.uta.edu

EDUCATION
Ph.D. Student in Geotechnical Engineering
University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)
M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering, 2008
Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran
B.S. in Civil Engineering, 2005
Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Behavior of Epoxy Coated Concrete and Its Application in Buried Concrete Members

BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT
Elmira Riahi is a Ph.D. student in Geotechnical Engineering at University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), Texas, USA. She received B.S. in civil engineering and M.S. in geotechnical engineering from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. She is studying behavior of epoxy coated concrete by doing experiments and numerical modeling. She is using ABAQUS to simulate tests on epoxy coated notched concrete beams and generating a calibrated model of epoxy coated manhole structure.






Yujie (Felicia) Hu
Email: Yujie.hu@mavs.uta.edu

EDUCATION
M.S. Student in Geotechnical Engineering
University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)
B.E. Building Environment and Equipment Engineering (HVAC), 2013
Beijing University of Technology, Beijing, China

RESEARCH INTERESTS
California load and resistance factor design (LRFD) for deep foundations

BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT
Yujie (Felicia) Hu currently is a M.S student in Geotechnical Engineering in the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), Texas, USA. She got her Bachelor's degree from Beijing University of Technology in the area of heating, ventilation and air conditioning. Then, she continued to register as a Master student in UTA until now. Currently she's been working on analyzing bearing capacity data for driven piles in California and improving resistance factor. She can play the keyboard and piano.






Saurav Sinha
Email: saurav.sinha@mavs.uta.edu, saurav.sinha@uta.edu

EDUCATION
M.S. Student in Geotechnical Engineering
University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)
B-Tech. Civil Engineering, 2011
National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India

RESEARCH INTERESTS
1. Infiltration Study in Soil using Sensor Technology
2. Infiltration Modeling of Soil data
3. Infiltration Models for Field Applications

BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT
Saurav Sinha is a Master's student working at the University of Texas, Arlington with Dr. Xinbao Yu. He received his Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India. He got placed in Shapoorji Pallonji Engineering and Construction and worked on various different Multi-Million dollar Commercial Building Projects. This work sparked his interest in Research and Development field. He was selected as a Research Assistant in the European Union funded FP-7 project "CEOP-AEGIS" with 8 country partners; France, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Spain, India, China and Japan. His work mainly focused on Map delineation and Data Interpretation using Arc-GIS and ERDAS software (Remote Sensing Software). He is currently working on a National Science Foundation Project Cyper SEES: Type 2: Integrative Sensing and Prediction of Urban Water for Sustainable Cities (iSPUW) that focuses on developing a prototype system empowered by distributed computing and cyber-infrastructure for integrative sensing, high-resolution modeling and uncertainty-assessed prediction of water quantity and quality for a large urban area, provide training and support to the user community for early adoption, and educate the next generation of sustainability scientists and engineers.






Xiang Chen, Ph.D.
Email: xiang.chen@mavs.uta.edu

EDUCATION
Ph.D. Geotechnical Engineering, 2007
China University of Geoscience, Beijing, China
M.S. Geotechnical Engineering, 2004
China University of Geoscience, Beijing, China
B.E. Geological Engineering, 2001
Chang'an University, Xi'an, China

RESEARCH INTERESTS
1. Rock and soil mass stability
2. Soft soil subgrade treatment of high speed railway
3. Comprehensive advance geological forecast
4. Evaluation of weathering degrees of historic relics with stones

BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT
Dr. Xiang Chen, associate professor from Beijing Jiaotong University, China, is current a visiting scholar in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), Texas, USA. He received his BE degree from Chang'an University in Geological Engineering in 2001. Then, he obtained his MS and PhD degree from China University of Geoscience at Beijing in Geotechnical Engineering in 2004 and 2007 respectively. He has been conducting research on: (1) The unloading effect of rock samples and the quality evaluation of engineering rock mass; (2) The experimental study on the real-time karst detecting and grouting effect evaluation technology high speed railway engineering; (3) Key technology of CFG pile composite foundation for high speed railway; (4) Deformation mechanism of long oil and gas pipelines across underground mined-out area; (5) The experimental study on the blast vibration of large underground oil storage caverns.






Zhaoyu Wang
Email: zywang518@yahoo.com

EDUCATION
Ph.D. Student in Geotechnical Engineering
Nanjing University of Technology, Nanjing, China
M.S. Geotechnical Engineering, 2003
Southeast University, Nanjing, China
B.S. Civil Engineering, 1997
Southeast University, Nanjing, China

RESEARCH INTERESTS
1. Dynamic behavior of rubber and sand mixture
2. Micro-piles Foundation
3. Solid Waste Management
4. Geotechnical seismic analysis
5. Retaining Systems for Deep Excavations
6. Advanced CPTU Soil Testing

BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT
Zhaoyu Wang, associate professor from Yancheng Institute of Technology, Yancheng, China, previously is a visiting scholar in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), Texas, USA. He received his B.S. degree from Southeast University in Civil Engineering in 1997. Then, he obtained his M.S. degree from Southeast University at Nanjing in Geotechnical Engineering in 2003.






Velpuri Nagavenkata P

EDUCATION
M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering, 2015
University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)

THESIS TITLE
Factors Influencing the Microbial Calcium Carbonate Precipitation Performance in Sands