Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Office: Holmes Hall 340
Phone: (808) 956-6628
Personal website: amin-rafiei.com
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)
- 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
- 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
- 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compgeo.2023.105496
- 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. https://doi.org/10.4043/32639-MS.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Rafiei A., Gabr M.A., Rahman M.S., “Wave-Induced Instability of Seabed beneath Geotextile Sand Containers”, Geosynthetics Conference, Houston, Texas, 2019