Geosystems engineering

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Research in geosystems engineering at Tufts combines experimental, theoretical, and observational methods across topics in geohazards, geoenvironmental and energy systems, and geomechanics. Faculty conduct research and teach classes in: traditional geotechnical engineering, geohazards engineering with a focus on seismic hazard, and the mechanics of geosystems.


Geohazards Research

Tufts Advanced Geomaterials Laboratory


  • Laurie Gaskins Baise: Geotechnical earthquake engineering, seismic hazard mapping, natural hazards, remote sensing
  • Luis Dorfmann: Mathematical models of material behavior, nonlinear magneto- and electromechanical interactions, biomechanics of soft materials, rubber elasticity and inelasticity, materials science
  • John (Jack) Germaine: Geotechnical, laboratory testing, automation, soil behavior, physical properties, mechanical properties, material science
  • Lucy Jen: Geotechnical engineering, foundation design, computational geotechnics
  • Juan Pestana: Geotechnical, geotechnical earthquake engineering, soil behavior, soil property characterization
  • Chris Swan:¬†Engineering education, geoenvironmental and geotechnical engineering
  • Farshid Vahedifard: Resilient and equitable infrastructure, impacts of extreme events in a changing climate on infrastructure and communities, climate adaptation of infrastructure
  • Rob Viesca: Applied mathematics and mechanics for geophysical and engineering problems