Xinbao Yu, Ph.D., PE
Assistant 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.

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.

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.






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.

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.






Karthik Bolla
Email: karthik.bolla@mavs.uta.edu

EDUCATION
M.S. Student in Geotechnical Engineering
University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)
B-Tech. Civil Engineering, 2014
Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, India

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Study on Pullout testing practices and FLAC modelling

BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT
Karthik Bolla is currently pursuing his master's degree education in Geotechnical Engineering starting from spring 2015 at the University of Texas at Arlington, Texas, USA. He received his Bachelor's degree in Technology in Civil Engineering from the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh, INDIA. After coming to University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), started working under Dr Xinbao Yu, in setting up a pullout testing lab and learning experimental practices of pullout testing. He is also working towards realizing a FLAC 2D and FLAC 3D modelling of the pullout testing using a large pullout box. He is currently working towards his thesis proposal for Boundary Condition Effect in a large pullout box experiment with two different box sizes.






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

EDUCATION
M.S. 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
Design TDR-based Sensors

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.






Chad Bullard
Email: chad.bullard@mavs.uta.edu

EDUCATION
M.S. Student in Geotechnical Engineering
University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)
B.S. Geology Civil Engineering Option, 2013
University of Texas at Arlington, Texas

RESEARCH INTERESTS
Undecided, Geotechnical field

BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT
Chad is a M.S. student in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), Texas.Chad graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a B.S. in Geology, Civil Engineering Option, and a minor in Mathematics and Business in 2013. He deployed with his U.S. Army Reserve Unit to the Middle East in the summer of 2014 until June 2015. He is starting back at U.T.A. in the fall of 2015 and is looking forward to defining his research interests beginning in the spring semester. In his free time he enjoys running, lifting weights, and scuba diving.






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.








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