I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Born and raised in Germany, I completed my undergraduate education in structural engineering at the University of Applied Sciences (HTWK) Leipzig and continued my graduate education as Fulbright Scholar in the US. I received an MS in Geotechnical Engineering at the California State University Long Beach (CSULB) and an MS and PhD degree in Structural and Earthquake Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). I conducted my PhD research working on the seismic performance of bridge foundations systems.
In 2011 I joined the University of California, Irvine where I manage and teach the geotechnical curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate levels. I supervise an active group of students with research foci in the field of geotechnical and structural earthquake engineering.
My research interests intersect in the framework of geo-structural response mechanisms of elements residing at the soil-structure interface. I conduct small- and large-scale experiments, numerical simulations, and collect case history observations to study the behavior and interaction of super- and substructure systems and elements during hazard events.
Among many professional involvements and interests, I serve as Editor in Chief of the Deep Foundations Journal and as Chair of the National ASCE Earth Retaining Structures committee.
I love to travel, I love photography and am passionate about skiing.