Christine Beyzaei

Christine Z. Beyzaei, Ph.D., P.E.

Senior Engineer
Civil Engineering
Oakland

Dr. Beyzaei specializes in geotechnical engineering, geotechnical earthquake engineering, geotechnical site investigation, and geotechnical seismic testing. She has experience on domestic and international projects for critical infrastructure, new and existing buildings, high-rise structures, bridges, and embankment dams, including: liquefaction assessment, seismic site response, seismic hazard analysis, ground motion development, settlement analysis, foundation assessment, slope stability, seepage analysis, and reconciliation of historical documentation with existing conditions for improved evaluation of expected performance. Dr. Beyzaei also has significant experience with geotechnical site investigation and advanced laboratory testing of geotechnical materials under static and dynamic conditions.

Dr. Beyzaei’s doctoral research focused on liquefaction of silty soils, evaluating potential over-conservatism in established liquefaction assessment procedures at silty soil sites in Christchurch, New Zealand. She investigated post-earthquake observations from the Canterbury Earthquake Sequence through field sampling, advanced laboratory testing, alternative site characterization techniques, and consideration of depositional environment effects on liquefaction performance. While at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Beyzaei served as a graduate student researcher and was the graduate student instructor for graduate level courses on geotechnical earthquake engineering and advanced foundation engineering. In addition to her doctoral research, Dr. Beyzaei has performed post-earthquake reconnaissance and developed case histories for integration in the next generation of liquefaction assessment models. Her experience with site investigation and laboratory testing includes: the standard penetration test (SPT), conventional and miniature cone penetration test (CPT) methods, Osterberg-type piston sampling, gel-push sampling, sonic boring, rock coring, test pits, crosshole seismic testing, piezometer and inclinometer installation and reading, triaxial testing, and specialized consolidation testing.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2017
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2010
  • B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, George Washington University, 2009
  • EERI/FEMA NERHP Graduate Fellowship in Earthquake Hazard Reduction, 2016-2017

    Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, University of California, Berkeley, 2015-2016

    East Asia & Pacific Summer Institutes Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 2014

    H. Bolton Seed Award, University of California, Berkeley - GeoEngineering, 2010

    Outstanding Graduating Senior, ASCE National Capital Section, 2009

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Engineer, California, #80321

LANGUAGES

  • Farsi

Publications

Beyzaei, C.Z., Bray, J.D., Cubrinovski, M., Bastin, S., Stringer, M.E., Jacka, M., van Ballegooy, S., Riemer, M., Wentz, F. (2019). “Characterization of Silty Soil Thin-Layering and Groundwater Conditions for Liquefaction Assessment.” Canadian Geotechnical Journal, in press, published online 09 April 2019.

Franke, K.W., Koehler, R.D., Beyzaei, C.Z., Cabas, A., Pierce, I., Stuedlein, A., Yang, Z. (2019). “Geotechnical Engineering Reconnaissance of the 30 November 2018 Mw 7.0 Anchorage, Alaska Earthquake,” Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance Association, GEER Report No. 059.

Beyzaei, C.Z., Bray, J.D., Cubrinovski, M., Riemer, M., Stringer, M.E. (2018). “Laboratory-Based Characterization of Shallow Silty Soils in Southwest Christchurch.” Soil Dyn. Earthquake Eng., 110: 93-109.

Beyzaei, C.Z., Bray, J.D., van Ballegooy, S., Cubrinovski, M., Bastin, S. (2018). “Depositional Environment Effects on Observed Liquefaction Performance in Silt Swamps during the Canterbury Earthquake Sequence.” Soil Dyn. Earthquake Eng., 107:303-321.

Bray, J.D., Boulanger, R.W., Cubrinovski, M., Tokimatsu, K., Kramer, S.L., O’Rourke, T., Rathje, E., Green, R.A., Robertson, P.K., Beyzaei, C.Z. (2017). “Liquefaction-Induced Ground Movement Effects,” U.S. - New Zealand - Japan International Workshop, University of California, Berkeley, 2-4 November 2016. Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center, PEER Report No. 2017/02.

Stewart, J.P., Kramer, S.L., Kwak, D.Y., Greenfield, M.W., Kayen, R.E., Tokimatsu, K., Bray, J.D., Beyzaei, C.Z., Cubrinovski, M., Sekiguchi, T., Nakai, S., and Bozorgnia, Y. (2016). “PEER-NGL project: Open source global database and model development for the next-generation of liquefaction assessment procedures,” Soil Dyn. Earthquake Eng., 91, 317–328.

Nikolaou, S., Go, J.E., Beyzaei, C.Z., Moss, C., and Deming, P.W. (2012). “Geo-Seismic Design in the Eastern United States: State of Practice,” ASCE Geo-Congress 2012, March 25-29, Oakland, CA, State of the Art and Practice in Geotechnical Engineering.

Nikolaou, S., C. Z. Beyzaei, D. W. Christie, & H. S. Lacy (2011). “The Washington Monument: Geology, Foundations, & Earthquake History: Special Report to EERI on the 2011 Virginia Earthquake,” Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers, New York City, http://www.eqclearinghouse.org/2011-08-23-virginia/category/geotechnical/.

Manzari, M.T., Yonten, K., El Ghoraiby, M., and Beyzaei, C.Z. (2011). “On Analysis of Liquefaction-Induced Displacement in a Caisson Quay Wall,” COMPDYN 2011, III ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on Computational Methods in Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, May 26-28, Corfu, Greece, Conference Proceedings.

Prior Experience

SAGE Engineers, Geotechnical Engineer, 2017-2019

Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers (MRCE), Geotechnical Engineer, 2010-2013

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Civil Engineers – ASCE

Earthquake Engineering Research Institute – EERI

Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance Association – GEER

Consortium of Organizations for Strong Motion Observation Systems – COSMOS

Additional Information

Advisory Appointments

Advisory Board, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, George Washington University, 2018 to present

Editorships and Editorial Review Boards

Editorial Panel, Institution of Civil Engineers - Geotechnical Engineering, 2018 to present

Knowledge

News & Events

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2017
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2010
  • B.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, George Washington University, 2009
  • EERI/FEMA NERHP Graduate Fellowship in Earthquake Hazard Reduction, 2016-2017

    Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, University of California, Berkeley, 2015-2016

    East Asia & Pacific Summer Institutes Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 2014

    H. Bolton Seed Award, University of California, Berkeley - GeoEngineering, 2010

    Outstanding Graduating Senior, ASCE National Capital Section, 2009

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Licensed Professional Engineer, California, #80321

LANGUAGES

  • Farsi