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Edward Kavazanjian

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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3005
Regents Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 3005
Biography

Professor of Civil Engineering

School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering

Dr. Kavazanjians expertise includes geotechnical engineering for infrastructure development and design of waste containment systems, with a focus on their seismic design. He is co-author of guidance documents on Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering for Highways for FHWA and Seismic Design for Municipal Solid Waste Landfill Facilities for the EPA. Dr. Kavazanjian has delivered keynote addresses and state of the art papers on seismic design of landfills, the durability of engineered barriers, and the mechanical properties of municipal solid waste. He currently serves on the National Research Council committee on Assessment of the Performance of Engineered Barriers and the Board of Governors of the ASCE Geo-Institute.

Expertise

Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, Waste Containment, Mechanical Properties of Municpal Solid Waste

Education

1978, Ph.D. Civil / Geotechncial Engineering, University of California - Berkeley
1975, M.S. Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1973, B.S. Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 

Publications
  • Eric Williams, Braden Allenby, Edward Kavazanjian. Environmental, social and economic implications of global reuse and recycling of personal computers. Environmental Science & Technology (2008).
  • D. Zekkos, J. Bray, Edward Kavazanjian, N. Matasovic, E. Rathje, M. Reimer, K. Stokoe. "Unit Weight of Municipal Solid Waste". ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering (2006).
  • M Matasovic, Edward Kavazanjian. “Seismic Response of a Composite Landfill Cover”. ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering (2006).
  • M. Matasovic, Edward Kavazanjian, A. De, R Dunn. “CPT-based Seismic Stability Assessment of a Hazardous Waste Site”. International Journal of Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, (2005).
  • S. Merry, Edward Kavazanjian, W. Fritz. “Reconnaissance of the July 10, 2000 Payatas Landfill Failure,”. Journal of Constructed Facilities (2005).
  • Edward Kavazanjian. “The use of geosynthetics for archeological sites reburial,”. Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites, James and James (Science Publishers), Ltd (2004).
  • J. Giroud, R. Thiel, Edward Kavazanjian. “Hydrated Area of a Bentonite Layer Between Two Geomembranes,”. Geosynthetics International, Thomas Telford (2004).
  • R. Bachus, M. Houlihan, Edward Kavazanjian, R. Isenberg, J. Beech. “Bioreactor Landfill Stability: Key Considerations”. MSW Management (2004).
  • J. Zornberg, Edward Kavazanjian. "Prediction of the Performance of a Geogrid-Reinforced Slope Founded on Solid Waste". Soils and Foundations (2001).
  • N. Matasovic, , Edward Kavazanjian. “Cyclic Characterization of OII Landfill Solid Waste”. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE (1998).
  • N. Matasovic, Edward Kavazanjian, J. Giroud. “Newmark Seismic Deformation Analysis for Geosynthetic Covers,”. Geosynthetics International, International Geosynthetics Society (1998).
  • N. Matasovic, Edward Kavazanjian, R. Anderson. “Performance of Solid Waste Landfills in Earthquakes,”. Earthquake Spectra, EERI (1998).
  • Edward Kavazanjian, S. Salah-Mars. “A Virtual Surface Concept for Nested Yield Surface Plasticity,”. International Journal of Numerical Methods in Geomechanics (1992).
  • C. Ho, Edward Kavazanjian. “Reduction Factor for Liquefaction Potential Analysis,”. Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering (1990).
  • H-S Hsieh, Edward Kavazanjian, R. Borja. “Double Yield Surface Cam-Clay Plasticity Model”. Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, ASCE (1990).
  • R. Borja, H-S. Hsieh, Edward Kavazanjian. “Double Yield Surface Model. II: Implementation and Verification”. Journal of Geotechnical Engineers, ASCE (1990).
  • J Wang, Edward Kavazanjian. “Pore Pressure Development During Non-Uniform Cyclic Loading,”. Soils and Foundation, JSSMFE (1989).
  • C. Ho, J. Sarmiento, Edward Kavazanjian. “Stabilization of Liquefiable Samples During Transport”. Geotechnical Testing Journal, ASTM (1988).
  • Edward Kavazanjian, H. Echezuria, M. McCann. “RMS Acceleration Hazard for San Francisco”. Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering (1985).
  • Edward Kavazanjian, R. Borja. “A Constitutive Model for the Stress-Strain-Time Behavior of 'Wet' Clay”. Geotechnique (1985).
  • T. Hadj-Hamou, Edward Kavazanjian. “Seismic Stability of Gentle Infinite Slopes,”. Journal of the Geotechnical Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers (1985).
Research Activity
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASU 101-CEEThe ASU Experience
VIP 194-FSESpecial Topics
VIP 194-HONSpecial Topics
VIP 294-FSESpecial Topics
VIP 294-HONSpecial Topics
VIP 394-FSESpecial Topics
VIP 394-HONSpecial Topics
CEE 492Honors Directed Study
CEE 493Honors Thesis
VIP 494-FSESpecial Topics
VIP 494-HONSpecial Topics
CEE 499Individualized Instruction
CEE 552Soil Improvement
CEE 557Geoenvironmental Engineering
CEE 590Reading and Conference
CEE 592Research
CEE 593Applied Project
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 599Thesis
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
CEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 590Reading and Conference
CEE 592Research
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
CEE 799Dissertation
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
VIP 194-HONSpecial Topics
VIP 394-HONSpecial Topics
CEE 492Honors Directed Study
CEE 493Honors Thesis
VIP 494-HONSpecial Topics
CEE 499Individualized Instruction
CEE 580Practicum
CEE 590Reading and Conference
CEE 592Research
CEE 593Applied Project
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 598Special Topics
CEE 599Thesis
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
CEE 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASU 101-CEEThe ASU Experience
VIP 194-HONSpecial Topics
CEE 492Honors Directed Study
CEE 493Honors Thesis
CEE 499Individualized Instruction
CEE 559Earthquake Engineering
CEE 590Reading and Conference
CEE 592Research
CEE 593Applied Project
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 599Thesis
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
CEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 590Reading and Conference
CEE 592Research
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 599Thesis
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
CEE 799Dissertation
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 492Honors Directed Study
CEE 493Honors Thesis
CEE 499Individualized Instruction
CEE 590Reading and Conference
CEE 592Research
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 598Special Topics
CEE 599Thesis
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
CEE 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASU 101-CEEThe ASU Experience
CNE 486Integrated Civil Engr Design
CEE 486Integrated Civil Engr Design
CEE 492Honors Directed Study
CEE 493Honors Thesis
CEE 499Individualized Instruction
CEE 557Geoenvironmental Engineering
CEE 580Practicum
CEE 590Reading and Conference
CEE 592Research
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 599Thesis
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
CEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 590Reading and Conference
CEE 592Research
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
CEE 799Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 351Geotechnical Engineering
CNE 351Geotechnical Engineering
CEE 492Honors Directed Study
CEE 493Honors Thesis
CEE 499Individualized Instruction
CEE 590Reading and Conference
CEE 592Research
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 598Special Topics
CEE 599Thesis
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
CEE 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ASU 101-CEEThe ASU Experience
CEE 486Integrated Civil Engr Design
CNE 486Integrated Civil Engr Design
CEE 492Honors Directed Study
CEE 493Honors Thesis
CEE 499Individualized Instruction
CEE 559Earthquake Engineering
CEE 580Practicum
CEE 590Reading and Conference
CEE 592Research
CEE 593Applied Project
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 599Thesis
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
CEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 498Pro-Seminar
CEE 590Reading and Conference
CEE 592Research
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
CEE 799Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 492Honors Directed Study
CEE 493Honors Thesis
CEE 499Individualized Instruction
CEE 580Practicum
CEE 590Reading and Conference
CEE 592Research
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 599Thesis
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
CEE 799Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 486Integrated Civil Engr Design
CNE 486Integrated Civil Engr Design
CEE 492Honors Directed Study
CEE 493Honors Thesis
CEE 499Individualized Instruction
CEE 580Practicum
CEE 590Reading and Conference
CEE 592Research
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 599Thesis
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
CEE 799Dissertation
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 498Pro-Seminar
CEE 499Individualized Instruction
CEE 590Reading and Conference
CEE 592Research
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 599Thesis
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
CEE 799Dissertation
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
CEE 492Honors Directed Study
CEE 493Honors Thesis
CEE 499Individualized Instruction
CEE 580Practicum
CEE 590Reading and Conference
CEE 592Research
CEE 595Continuing Registration
CEE 598Special Topics
CEE 599Thesis
CEE 790Reading and Conference
CEE 792Research
CEE 795Continuing Registration
CEE 799Dissertation
Service
  • National Science Foundation Division of Civil and Mechanical Systems Committee of Visitors, (2004 - Present)
  • ASCE Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering, Member, Earthquake Investigation Committee, (2003 - Present)
  • Federal Highway Administration GeoSeismic Technical Review Board, (2003 - Present)
  • Transportation Research Board, Member, Committee on Seismic Design of Bridges, (2003 - Present)
  • ASCE Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering, Member, Transportation Committee, (1992 - Present)
  • ASCE Geo-Institute, Treasurer, Board of Governors (2007 - 2008)
  • ASCE Geo-Institute, Governor, Board of Governors, (2005 - 2007)
  • National Research Council Committee on Assessment of the Performance of Engineered Barriers, (2005 - 2007)
  • National Research Council Committee on Geotechnical and Geological Engineering in the New Millennium: Opportunities for Research and Innovation, (2003 - 2005)
  • ASCE Geo-Institute, Chairman, Technical Coordination Council (2001 - 2005)
  • Transportation Research Board, Member, Committee on Foundations for Bridges and Other Structures, (1997 - 2005)
  • University of Southern California, Member, Industrial Advisory Board, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (2002 - 2003)
  • University of Texas, Austin, Member, Visiting Committee, Department of Civil Engineering, (1998 - 2002)
  • ASCE Geo-Institute, Councilor, Technical Coordination Council, (2000 - 2001)
  • ASCE Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering, Member, Seismic Risk Committee, (1988 - 2001)
  • ASCE Geo-Institute, Chairman, Embankments, Dams, and Slopes Committee (1998 - 2000)
  • ASCE Geo-Institute, Member, Embankments, Dams, and Slopes Committee, (1994 - 1998)
  • ASCE Los Angeles Section, Chairman, Geotechnical Group, (1995 - 1996)
  • Geotechnical Group, ASCE Los Angeles Section, Member, Board of Directors (1990 - 1995)
  • Geotechnical Group, ASCE Metropolitan (NY/NJ) Section, Member, Continuing Education Committee, (1986 - 1988)
  • ASCE Geotechnical Engineering Division, Chair, Reliability Committee (1984 - 1985)
  • Geotechnical Group, ASCE San Francisco Section, Member, Board of Directors, (1980 - 1985)
  • ASCE Geotechnical Engineering Division, Member, Reliability Committee, (1980 - 1984)
  • ASCE J.of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Eng., Reviewer (Present)
  • ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal, Reviewer (Present)
  • Canadian Geotechnical Journal, Reviewer (Present)
  • Geomembrane and Geotextiles, Member, Editorial Board (Present)
  • Geosynthetics International, Reviewer (Present)
  • International J. of Case Histories in Geotechnical Eng., Member, Editorial Board (Present)
  • Transportation Research Board Committee on F0undations for Bridges and Other Structures, Member, 200-Present (Present)
  • Vadose Zone Journal (Soil Science Society of America), Reviewer (Present)
  • Waste Management and Research, Reviewer (Present)