Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2018
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2006
  • B.S., Engineering and Geology, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 2003
Licenses & Certifications
  • Professional Engineer Civil, California, #72447
  • Professional Engineer Geologist, California, #2547
  • Professional Engineer Geologist, Oregon, #E2635
  • 8-Hour HAZWOPER Managers and Supervisor Training
  • Licensed Geologist (CA)
Academic Appointments
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Earth & Environmental Sciences Division, Research Affiliate
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Portland State University
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Geology, Portland State University
Professional Honors
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2016
  • Jane Lewis Fellowship Recipient, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2013
  • Marliave Scholarship Recipient, Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists, 2013
  • Lemke Scholarship Recipient, Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists, 2013
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 1999
Professional Affiliations
  • International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment (Vice President, USA Representative)
  • Engineering Geology Journal (Reviewer)
  • IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (Reviewer)
  • Journal of Geophysical Research, Solid Earth (Reviewer)
  • Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrology (Reviewer)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (member)
  • American Geophysical Union (member)
  • Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (member)
  • Northern California Geologic Society (member)
  • French
  • Spanish

Dr. Waeber has 15 years of experience in geotechnical engineering and engineering geology, in North and Central America, Southeast Asia and Europe. He specializes in the assessment and mitigation of geologic hazards, construction support and characterization of weak and chaotic rock masses. Dr. Waeber has extensive experience with evaluation and design of dams, roadways, landfills, commercial development, pipelines, and natural and manmade slopes. He also has deep experience with the application of remote sensing technologies including continuous GPS, InSAR and LiDAR, particularly for landslide hazard assessment.

Dr. Waeber has a broad background in geo-engineering and is well versed in the evaluation of cause and origin of failures, risk assessment, mitigation alternatives, and proactive technical reviews of design and construction documents. He is experienced with topics including landslides, slope creep, slope stability, rockfall, expansive soils, sensitive soils, peat, weak rock, chaotic rock, surface fault rupture, mass grading, retaining structures, slope stabilization measures, foundation design and construction methods. Dr. Waeber is also particularly skilled in methods of surface and subsurface investigation and characterization, including remote sensing, geotechnical instrumentation and monitoring, geologic and hazard mapping, logging of subsurface borings, earthwork and construction observation, site history analysis and geotechnical laboratory testing of soils. He brings with him valuable experience from projects related to recovery of buried stolen cultural artifacts, expansive soils, seasonal flooding, embankment dam failure and landslide failures. Dr. Waeber has also evaluated, designed and monitored up to 350 ft tall rock and soil cut slopes and rockfall hazard mitigation measures for landfill and quarry sites, considering both static and seismic conditions. He has performed dam type and siting studies, inspection and monitoring of existing dams, and dam removal planning. Dr. Waeber has performed feasibility studies for a proposed oil pipeline (700 km long) and design of various waste water systems. He has designed retaining walls, shallow foundations and basements for stadium, commercial development and parking garage projects. He has performed geologic hazard assessments and alignment studies for highway development in tropical environments as well as pavement and widening design for various road improvement projects. Dr. Waeber has also provided geotechnical construction support, observation, quality control, quality assurance, inspection and testing for commercial developments, retaining walls, and large diameter water transmission systems.

Dr. Waeber's doctoral research focused on spatiotemporal behavior of seasonal landslide deformation, using InSAR and GPS remote sensing technologies to track ground surface displacements. During his studies, he served as a graduate student researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he continues as a Research Affiliate. Dr. Waeber has served as an Adjunct Instructor at Portland State University, teaching a course on slope stability in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and a course on engineering geology in the Geology Department. He also served as a Teaching Assistant at the University of California, Berkeley, for graduate and undergraduate courses in engineering geology, geotechnical engineering, geology, petroleum geology, and geotechnical earthquake engineering.