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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Juan Pestana

Professor of the Practice

Juan Pestana

Juan Pestana

Professor of the Practice

Phone 617-627-3211
Anderson Hall
200 College Avenue, Medford, MA
Biography: 

Juan Pestana is a Senior Principal for Geosyntec Consultants in Acton, Massachusetts, and Professor Emeritus from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of California at Berkeley. He has over 35 years of consulting experience in geotechnical and geotechnical earthquake engineering. He is recognized as a world expert in soil behavior, soil property characterization, and its modeling. He has worked on numerical modeling for a wide range of applications including levees, dams, buildings, bridges, and tunnels under static and seismic conditions for projects worldwide. He consulted for over 20 years for onshore and offshore oil and gas projects for several subsidiaries of Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) and remains active in the characterization of offshore geohazards such as submarine slides and liquefaction.

Education: 
ScD, Geotechnical Engineering, MIT, 1994
MSc, Geotechnical Engineering, MIT, 1988
BSc, Civil Engineering, Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, 1985
Professional Experience: 
2018-present:

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering

  • 2021-present: Professor of the Practice
  • 2018-2021: Part-Time Lecturer
2016-present:

Senior Principal, Geosyntec Consultants

1994-2017:

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California at Berkeley

  • 2007-2017: Professor
  • 2001-2007: Associate Professor
  • 1994-2001: Assistant Professor
2013-2017:

President and CEO, Advanced Geomechanical Modeling, Inc.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
  • 2010: Distinguished Teaching Award, University of California at Berkeley, 2010
  • 2009: GeoEngineering Distinguished Lecturer, University of California at Berkeley
  • 2004: Shamsher Prakash Research Award, Shamsher Prakash Foundation
  • 2003: Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Award, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • 2001 and 2002: ASCE Faculty Advisor Award, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • 1998: Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • 1996: CAREER Award, National Science Foundation
Selected Professional Activities: 
  • Since 1997: Registered Civil Engineer, California No. C 56835
  • Since 2009: LEED Accredited Professional