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Dr Amin Askarinejad is Associate Professor of experimental soil mechanics at Delft University of Technology. He is also the director of research programme at the dams safety section of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE). He received his PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) in 2013. Before joining TU Delft in 2014, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for geotechnical engineering (IGT) at ETH Zurich. His research interests and experience include seismic safety of embankment dams, development of early warning systems for landslides and soil-structure interaction with a focus on foundations for renewable energy harvesting structures. In his research, he combines techniques of geotechnical physical modelling with advanced sensing technologies and numerical methods. He has been involved in several industrial and academic research projects in Switzerland, the Netherlands, South America, and in the framework of the European Union. He contributed to the design, site investigation and monitoring of the full-scale Dutch Dike failure experiment of Leendert de Boerspolder in 2014. Dr Askarinejad has been one of the leading researchers of the European project GEOLAB and has been the senior scientific manager of the Dutch project "BLUE Piling" as well as the co-leader of the international project on the cyclic behaviour of offshore foundations for renewable energy (MIDAS). He is the president ad interim of the working group on safety of small dams in the framework of the Swiss Committee of dams and a member of the technical committee of ICOLD on seismic aspects of dam design. He has been the representative of the Netherlands in the technical committees TC208 (slope stability) and TC104 (geotechnical physical modelling) of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE). He has served as the editorial board member of the Journal of Landslides (Springer Nature) and the International Journal of Physical Modelling in Geotechnics. In 2019 he received the prestigious R.M. Quigley Award from the Canadian Geotechnical Society for his paper on the development of a novel monitoring technique for landslides. Besides receiving the “Bright Spark Lecturer” award from the ISSMGE in 2018, in 2022 he received the premium award of George Stephenson Medal from the Institute of Civil Engineers in London for his research on triggering mechanisms of landslides.

Research profile

Expertise

  • Liquefaction
  • Seismic safety of embankment dams
  • Physical modelling (full scale and centrifuge testing) of failure mechanisms of geotechnical structures

Teaching

Dr. Askarinejad has contributed to the following courses as TU Delft (2014 - 2022) 

Course coordinator:

  • Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering (AES1730 & CT1730HBO)
  • Experimental methods in Geotechnical Engineering (CIE5321)
  • Monitoring and stability of dykes and embankments (CTB3425)

Lecturer in:

  • Offshore Geotechnical Engineering (OE44030)
  • Modelling Coupled Processes for Engineering Applications (CIE4365)
  • Foundations for offshore wind turbines

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Projects

Dr Askarinejad has contributed to the following projects:

  • BLUE Piling project 2 in collaboration with IQIP granted by Top Sector Energy (TKI-Wind-op-Zee)
  • Monopile Improved Design through Advanced cyclic Soil modelling (MIDAS)
  • The ERC project of GEOLAB: a Research and Innovation ERC-action project in the framework of INFRAIA-2020
  • InPad project: a joint industrial project on physical modelling of axial pile capacity.
  • Reliable Dykes: Reliability-Based Geomechanical Assessment Tools for Dykes and Embankments in Delta Areas (STW: Dutch Technology Foundation)
  • "Role of scour protection on prevention of static liquefaction induced flow slides”, funded by the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat).
  • MAGIC: Monitoring Systems to Assess Geotechnical Infrastructure Subjected to Climatic Hazards (FP7-EC project)
  • Triggering Rapid Mass Movements (TRAMM), (Swiss national project)
  • SafeLand: Living with landslide risk in Europe: Assessment, effects of global change and risk management strategies (FP7-EC project)
  • Impact of climate change on engineered slopes for infrastructure (COST) Action TU1202 (Horizon 2020-EC Project)
  • Seasonal slope response in an Alpine debris flow catchment (Swiss National Science Foundation)
  • Sustainable Use of Soil as a Resource (National Research Programme of Switzerland, NRP68)

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Honours:

Dr Askarinejad has received the Bright Spark Lecturer award from the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering in 2018. Moreover, his paper on the development of a novel monitoring technique for landslides triggered by rainfall received an honourable mention for the prestigious R.M. Quigley Award by the Canadian Geotechnical Society in 2019.

He co-authored the paper on quantification of loads applied to offshore pipelines due to submarine landslides which won the “best paper award” from the department of Geoscience and Engineering in 2019.

In 2017 and 2018 Dr Askarinejad received the “best teacher award” for the Geo-Engineering MSc track of TU Delft.

In 2022 he received the premium award of George Stephenson Medal from the Institute of Civil Engineers in London for his research on triggering mechanisms of landslides.

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International Journal Responsibilities

Member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Landslides (Springer Nature) and the International Journal of Physical Modelling in Geotechnics (Institute of Civil Engineers, UK) [2015 - 2022].

Reviewer for various international journal including:

  • Géotechnique, Géotechnique Letters, Acta Geotechnica, Landslides, Ocean Engineering

Memberships:

Dutch representative in two technical committees TC208 (slope stability) and TC104 (geotechnical physical modelling) of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE).

President ad interim of the working group on safety of small dams in the framework of the Swiss Committee of dams and member of the technical committee of ICOLD on seismic aspects of dam design.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Keywords

  • TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
  • Physical modelling
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Soil Lequifaction
  • Instrumentation
  • Natural Hazards

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