Farshid Vahedifard, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE

Farshid Vahedifard

CEE Advisory Board Endowed Professor, Graduate Coordinator, and Professor

Office: 3061 Richard A. Rula Engineering & Science Complex
P 662.325.0902


  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Delaware, 2011.
  • Graduate Certificate, Geographical Information Science (GIS), University of Delaware, 2011.
  • MCE, Civil Engineering, University of Delaware, 2009.
  • M.Sc., Civil Engineering, Bu-Ali Sina University, 2005.
  • B.Sc., Civil Engineering, K.N. Toosi University of Technology, 2001.

Research Interests

  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Resilience of geotechnical infrastructure under a changing climate
  • Analytical and numerical  methods in geomechanics
  • Multi-physics processes (thermo-hydro-mechanical) in variably saturated soils and fracture rocks
  • Energy Geomechanics
  • Carbon capture, storage and utilization
  • Remote sensing applications in geosystem assessment (e.g., levees and dams)
  • Terramechanics and off-road mobility modeling
  • Embankment dams and levees
  • Reinforced slopes and MSE walls

Teaching Interests

  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Soil mechanics
  • Foundation engineering
  • Unsaturated soil mechanics
  • Soil behavior
  • Slope stability and seepage analysis

Graduate Student Recruitment

I am looking for motivated graduate students, preferably Ph.D. students, to join my research group. If you have background and/or are interested in any of the above-listed areas of research, feel free to contact me.

Service Interests

  • Member: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); American Geophysical Union (AGU); Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER); United States Society on Dams (USSD); United States Universities Council on Geotechnical Education and Research (USUCGER).
  • Committee Member: ASCE Committee on Adaptation to a Changing Climate, ASCE GI Committee on Unsaturated Soils, ASCE GI Committee on Embankments, Dams and Slopes.
  • Reviewer for several journals including: Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering; Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering; Geotechnical Testing Journal; Journal of Testing and Evaluation; Soils and Foundations; Geotextiles and Geomembranes; Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering; Engineering Geology; Computer and Geotechnics; Landslides.

Honors & Awards

  • MS ASCE Engineer of the Year Award, 2019
  • 2016 Editor’s Choice, Journal of Terramechanics
  • 2016 FLC Interagency Partnership Award as a member of SMAP Early Adopter Program, Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer, January 2016.
  • 2012 Best Practical Paper Award, ASTM Committee D-18 on Soil and Rock, ASTM Geotechnical Testing Journal.
  • ASCE ExCEEd Teaching Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2013.