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Edward Kavazanjian

Edward Kavazanjian

Director, NSF Engineering Research Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics


School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
Arizona State University
PO Box 875306
Tempe, AZ 85287-5306


  • Distinguished Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Director, NSF Engineering Research Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics
  • Regents' Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering
  • Ira A. Fulton Professor of Geotechnical Engineering, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


Professor Kavazanjian is director of the Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics, a National Science Foundation Gen-3 Engineering research center focusing on the emerging area of biogeotechnical soil improvement.  His expertise also includes geotechnical engineering for infrastructure development and design of waste containment systems, with a focus on their seismic design, and in 2014 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for his work in these areas.   He is lead author of the FHWA guidance documents on LRFD Seismic Analysis and Design of Transportation Geotechnical Features and Structural Foundations and the US EPA guidance document on RCRA Subtitle D (258) Seismic Design Guidance for Municipal Solid Waste Facilities.  Dr. Kavazanjian has delivered invited state of the art, state of the practice, and keynote lectures on biogeotechnical engineering, earthquake-induced soil liquefaction, seismic design of landfills, the durability of engineered barriers for waste containment, and the mechanical properties of municipal solid waste.  He is a registered Professional Engineer (Civil) in Arizona, California, and Washington and a registered Geotechnical Engineer in California.



  • PhD, University of California-Berkeley, 1978
  • MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1975
  • BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1973


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Journal Articles


Dejong, J. T., K. Soga, E. Kavazanjian, S. Burns, L. A. van Paassen, A. Al Qabany, A. Aydilek, S. S. Bang, M. Burbank, L. F. Caslake, C. Y. Chen, X. Cheng, J. Chu, S. Ciurli, A. Esnault-Filet, S. Fauriel, N. Hamdan, T. Hata, Y. Inagaki, S. Jefferis, M. Kuo, L. Laloui, J. Larrahondo, D. A. Manning, B. Martinez, B. M. Montoya, D. C. Nelson, A. Palomino, P. Renforth, J. C. Santamarina, E. A. Seagren, B. Tanyu, M. Tsesarsky and T. Weaver. 2013. Biogeochemical processes and geotechnical applications: progress, opportunities and challenges. Géotechnique 63(4):287-301. DOI: 10.1680/geot.SIP13.P.017. (link )