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Dr. Kianoosh Hatami, Ph.D., P.Eng., M. ASCE

Associate Professor

School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science (CEES)

University of Oklahoma

202 west Boyd Street, Room 334

Norman, OK, 73019-1024, USA

( Phone: 405.325.3674

    Fax: 405.325.4217

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Professional Preparation

Research Interests

  • Sensor-Enabled Geosynthetics (SEG)

  • Unsaturated soil-geosynthetic interfaces

  • Reinforcement applications of geosynthetics in geotechnical and transportation engineering

  • Seismic analysis and design of reinforced-soil retaining walls and foundations

  • Fluid-structure interaction and seismic analysis of dams

  • Soil-structure interaction problems


  • Sensor-Enabled Geosynthetic Material and Method of Making and Using the Same

    United States Patent and Trademark Office, Alexandria, VA

    • U.S. Patent No. 7,975,556 

    • U.S. Patent No. 8,752,438 (SPE Link)

Publications (Selected publications are available on ResearchGate)


      Citations on Google Scholar



Recent Awards/Nominations


Students' Achievements

  • Winners of Oklahoma Transportation Research Day Student Poster Competition - OTRD 2015, Moore, OK (Theresa Ngo & Luis Pena, MSc Students - Joint 1st place)

  • NSF Travel Grant 2015 (Hessam Yazdani)

  • Best Paper Award 2014 - 10th Annual Conference in Computer Science, OU, Norman, OK (Hessam Yazdani)

  • ASTM International Project Grant 2013 (Hessam Yazdani)

  • Terracon Scholarship Recipients (Atefeh Fathi 2010; Jaime Granados Rueda 2011; Juan Pereira 2013)

  • Winner of the DFI Student Paper Competition - 38th Annual Conference of the Deep Foundations Institute, Phoenix, AZ, September 2013 (Hessam Yazdani)

  • Third place for the GeoWall design paper in GeoChallenge 2012 Student Competition - GeoCongress 2012, Oakland, CA, March 2012 (Hessam Yazdani, Arash Hassanikhah, Carlos Chang, Juan Pereira)

  • Winners of ASCE/Geo-Institute Student Poster Competition - GeoFrontiers 2011, Dallas, TX, March 2011 (Atefeh Fathi, MSc Student - 1st place, Tahsina Mahmood and Rouzbeh Ghabchi, PhD students - joint 3rd place)

  • OU Graduate College Fellow (2010-2014 Danial Esmaili)

  • Winner of ASCE/Geo-Institute Student Paper Competition - GeoDenver 2007, Denver, CO, February 2007 (Alan Witthoeft, Undergraduate Research Assistant)

  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) - Honors College - University of Oklahoma

    • Alan Witthoeft (2006)

    • Ted Huynh (2006)

    • Matthew Long (2007) - The Oklahoma Daily (05/01/07)

    • Jesse Berdis (Architectural Engineering) and Kyle Olson (Industrial Engineering) - (ID-UROP 2010)

    • Oliver Li (HRAP 2010)

    • Christopher Barclay (HRAP 2011)

    • Carlos Chang (Architectural Engineering) and Thai Dinh (Industrial Engineering) - (ID-UROP 2011)

    • Kendall Harper (HERE 2012)

    • Amy Crone, Peter George, Alexander Guerra, Seamus Hunt (2014)

    • Mitchell Gordon (HERE 2015)

    • Hiep Chuong and Michelle Basham (HRAP 2015)

  • First Runner-up in 2006 ASCE GeoChallenge Competition - University of Missouri-Columbia, May 2006

    • (CEES - OU Team): Alan Witthoeft, Jason Giebler, Ivy Lau, Kunal Shah

  • First Runner-up in 2007 ASCE Geotechnical Competition - University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, April 2007

    • (CEES - OU Team): Alan Witthoeft, Ted Huynh, Karim Saadedine, Kunal Shah

Selected Academic Service Activities

                  A List of ASTM Geotechnical Engineering Standards

Memberships & Affiliations


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