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Amin Rafiei

Assistant Professor of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering
Office: Holmes Hall 340
Phone: (808) 956-6628

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Areas of Specialty and Research Interest

  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Marine Geotechnique
  • Multiphysics Constitutive Modeling of Cohesionless Soils
  • Slope Instability and Geohazard Assessment
  • Computational Geomechanics (Modeling/Programming in FEM, FDM, BEM, SBFEM)


  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, North Carolina State University, 2019
  • M.Sc. in Civil Engineering, University of Tehran, 2015
  • B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, 2012


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa, August 2022 – Present.
  • Lecturer and Postdoctoral Research Scholar, University of New Hampshire, 2020-2022
  • Lecturer and Postdoctoral Research Scholar, North Carolina State University, 2020

Courses Taught (in the last five years)

  • CEE 355 Geotechnical Engineering I: Applied Mechanics-I (F’22)
  • CEE 696 Marine Geotechnics (S’ 23)

Professional Activities

  • Member, Offshore Technology Conference ASCE Committee
  • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Member, Marine Energy Council (MEC)

Awards and Honors

  • Sustainability Award, University of New Hampshire, 2021
  • International GSI Fellowship Grant from Geosynthetic Science Institute, 2019
  • Mentor Teaching Fellowship, North Carolina State University, 2018
  • Graduate Study Scholarship, North Carolina State University, 2015-2019

Research Grants

  • Amin Rafiei (Co-P.I.) “RAPID/Collaborative Research: Investigating the Liquefaction Susceptibility of Calcareous Sand in Hawaii with an Enhanced NHERI@UTexas Large Mobile Shaker”, funded by National Science Foundation (CMMI Division).
  • Amin Rafiei (Co-P.I.) “Mitigation of Wave-Induced Liquefaction within Seabed Supporting the Foundations of Marine Renewable Energy Devices: Modeling Progressively-Developed Pore Water Pressure Due to Cyclic Wave Loading”, funded by North Carolina Coastal Studies Institute (NCOREP Program), 2020

Selected Publications

  1. Rafiei A., Rahman M.S., Gabr M.A., “Evaluation of Wave-Induced Instability of Nearly Saturated Sandy Slopes under Partially Undrained Condition: A Case Study of Landslide in Fraser River Delta Front”, Computers and Geotechnics, 2023.
  2. Rafiei A., Gabr M.A., Rahman M.S., “Analysis of Wave-Driven Progressive Buildup of Excess Pore Water Pressure in Sands Supporting Marine Hydrokinetic Devices”, Offshore Technology Conference, Houston, Texas, 2023.
  3. Rafiei A., Rahman M.S., Gabr M.A., and Ghayoomi M., “Analysis of Wave-Induced Submarine Landslides in Nearly Saturated Sediments at Intermediate Water Depth”, Journal of Marine Georesources & Geotechnology, 2021. DOI: 10.1080/1064119X.2021.2001610.
  4. Rafiei A., Rahman M.S., Gabr M.A., “Response and Instability of Sloping Seabed Supporting Small Marine Structures: Wave-Structure-Soil Interaction Analysis”, ASME Journal of Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering, 2021, DOI: 10.1115/1.4052864.
  5. Rafiei A., Rahman M.S., Gabr M.A., “Coupled Analysis for Response and Instability of SlopingSeabed under Wave Action”, Elsevier Journal of Applied Ocean Research, 2019, DOI: 10.1016/j.apor.2019.04.017.
  6. Rafiei A., Vahdani S., Badiei P., “Forced Vibration of Dam and Reservoir Using SBFEM”, International Journal of Technical Research and Applications, Special Issue 9 (Nov-Dec 2014), PP. 09-11
  7. Rafiei A., Gabr M.A., Rahman M.S., Ghayoomi M., “Cyclic Response and Instability Analysis of Seabed with Cohesionless Soils due to Surging Waves”, OMAE 2021, DOI: 10.1115/OMAE2021-62635.
  8. Rafiei A., Rahman M.S., Gabr M.A., “Coupled Analysis of Wave, Structure, and Sloping Seabed Interaction: Response and Instability of Seabed”, Geo-Congress, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2019, DOI: 10.1061/9780784482124.019.
  9. Rafiei A., Gabr M.A., Rahman M.S., “Wave-Induced Instability of Seabed beneath Geotextile Sand Containers”, Geosynthetics Conference, Houston, Texas, 2019


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