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Pak, Ronald Y S



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  • CVEN 3708 - Geotechnical Engineering 1
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023 / Spring 2024
    Covers basic engineering characteristics of geological materials; soil and rock classifications; site investigation; physical, mechanical, and hydraulic properties of geologic materials; the effective stress principle; soil and rock improvement; seepage analysis; stress distribution; and consolidation and settlement analyses. Selected experimental and computational laboratories.
  • CVEN 3718 - Geotechnical Engineering 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Covers stress analysis and plastic equilibrium, sheer strength of soil, bearing capacity, lateral earth pressures, slope stability and underground construction. Analysis and design of shallow and deep foundations, retaining walls and other earth and rock structures. Selected experimental and computational laboratories.
  • CVEN 5131 - Continuum Mechanics and Elasticity
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023 / Spring 2024
    Provides foundation for advanced study of structural, mechanical and geo-material behavior and continuum theories in mechanics. Topics: Cartesian tensors, formulation of continuum mechanics for small and large deformation, constitutive laws for elastic solids, energy principles, methods of potentials, formulations and solutions of 2D and 3D elastostatic and elastodynamic problems, analytical and numerical formulations. Recommended prerequisite: CVEN 4161.
  • CVEN 5798 - Dynamics of Soils and Foundations
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Covers fundamental characterization of soils, foundations and structures under general dynamic and earthquake loads. Principles of vibrations and wave propagation for 1D, 2D, 3D. In-situ and laboratory determination of dynamic soil properties; methods for site response analysis, foundation vibrations, dynamic soil-structure interaction and liquefaction problems. Recommended prerequisite: CVEN 3718.
  • CVEN 5899 - Graduate Engineering Internship Experience
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2022 / Spring 2023 / Summer 2023 / Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
    An academically supervised graduate-level engineering experience that is integral to the students' graduate research and study by connecting classroom instructions to professional practice. Requires a pre-approved written plan of the proposed graduate-level work experience and a signed cooperative agreement or offer letter from employer. The 1-unit course will count toward the graduate student�s degree together with the required minimum of 30 credit hours of regular core and elective courses in the student�s major. May be repeated up to 3 total credit hours.


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