I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at UC Irvine. 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 CSULB and an MS and PhD degree in Structural and Earthquake Engineering at 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.