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Mourad Zeghal
Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Education:
Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Princeton University, 1990
M. A., Civil Engineering, Princeton University, 1985
Engineering Diploma, Civil Engineering, National School of Engineering (Tunisia), 1983


Career Highlights:

Zeghal is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Previously, he was a senior engineer and leader of the geohazard group at Aon Risk Technologies. In 1999, he received a National Science Foundation Career Award. Zeghal is member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES), and the Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering (CUREE).

Research Areas:
Zeghal is involved with a number of geotechnical earthquake engineering problems related to soil liquefaction and ground failure. These are two major causes of earthquake damage with a cost in the billions of dollars. Zeghal’s research has focused on modeling, simulation and analysis of the seismic response of geosystems based on system identification of laboratory and field data, as well as micro-mechanical approaches. These efforts are multidisciplinary in nature and draw upon the fields of geotechnology, engineering mechanics, data mining, systems identification, and information technology. In addition to IPRP, Zeghal is, in this regard, actively involved with the Center for Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (CEES) and Scientific Computation Research Center (SCOREC).

Selected Publications:

Abdoun, T.; Gonzalez, M.A.; Thevanayagam, S.; Dobry, R.; Elgamal, A.; Zeghal, M.; Mercado, V.M.; El Shamy, U.,“Centrifuge and large-scale modeling of seismic pore pressures in sands: cyclic strain interpretation”. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenenvironmental Engineering, v 139, n 8, p 1215-34, Aug. 2013.

Zeghal, M.; Mohamed, E.-H.H., “Assessment of analytical tools used to estimate the stiffness of asphalt concrete”, Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, v 35, n 3, p 268-75, March 2008

Zeghal, M. and Oskay, C., “A Local Identification Technique for Geotechnical and Geophysical Systems,” International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, Volume 27, Issue 11, pp. 967-987, 2003.

Elgamal, A.-W., Zeghal, M., Parra, E., and Gunturi, R., “Identification and Modeling of Earthquake Ground Response. I: Site Amplification,” Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Vol. 15, No. 8, pp. 499-522, 1996.

Zeghal, M., Elgamal, A.-W., and Parra, E., “Identification and Modeling of Earthquake Ground Response. II: Site Liquefaction,” Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Vol. 15, No. 8, pp. 523-547, 1996.

Zeghal, M., Elgamal, A.-W., Tang, H. T., and Stepp, J. C., “Lotung Downhole Seismic Array: Evaluation of Soil Nonlinear Properties,” Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 121, No. 4, pp. 363-378, 1995.

Elgamal, A.-W., Zeghal, M., Tang, H. T., and Stepp, J. C., “Lotung Downhole Seismic Array: Evaluation of Site Dynamic Properties,” Journal of Geotechnical Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 121, No. 4, pp. 350-362, 1995.

Contact Information:
Mourad Zeghal
4028 Jonsson Engineering Center
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, N.Y. 12180
(518) 276-2836
zeghal@rpi.edu
http://www.rpi.edu/~zeghal/