Dr. Kenan Hazirbaba

Dr. Kenan Hazirbaba

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering

Address: P.O.Box: 127788, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Telephone: +971 (02) 501 8487

Fax: +971 (02) 447 2442

Email: kenan.hazirbaba@ku.ac.ae


Dr. Hazirbaba is a registered professional engineer (PE) with substantial experience in site investigations for building foundations, embankments, and waste containment facilities. He has worked on numerous geotechnical engineering projects including port and harbor facilities, pipelines, levees, bridges and roadways, seismic upgrades of municipal structures, tanks, reservoirs, offshore facilities, power facilities, airports, earth dams, office buildings and oil refineries. Dr. Hazirbaba has extensive experience in laboratory testing of soils such as triaxial testing, simple shear testing and in the use of subsurface exploration techniques. His current research projects include the influence of fines content on liquefaction and settlement susceptibility of sands, dynamic site response analysis of frozen ground, and improvement of marginal soils through innovative technologies.

  • Phd., The University of Texas at Austin
  • MS, Bogazici University
  • B.Sc., Istanbul Technical University
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
  • Statics
  • Numerical Methods in Engineering
  • Civil Engineering Materials
  • Stabilization of Marginal Soils
  • Liquefaction of Soils
  • Site-response Analysis



  • Hazirbaba, K., and Omarow, M. (2015). “Post-cyclic loading settlement of saturated clean sand.” Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Elsevier, In press. DOI: 10.1016/j.soildyn.2015.06.007
  • Hazirbaba, K. (2015). “Feasibility of targeted ground improvement during site reclamation.” Gradjevinar, (under review)
  • Cox, B., Wood, C., and Hazirbaba, K. (2012). “Frozen and Unfrozen Shear Wave Velocity Seismic Site Classification of Fairbanks, Alaska.” Journal of Cold Regions Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 26, No.3, 118–145. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CR.1943-5495.0000041
  • Hazirbaba, K., Zhang, Y., and Hulsey. J.L. (2011). “Evaluation of Temperature and Freeze-thaw Effects on Excess Pore Pressure Generation of Fine-Grained Soils,” Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Elsevier, Vol. 31, No. 3, 372-384. DOI: 10.1016/j.soildyn.2010.09.006      
  • Yang, Z., Dutta, U., Xu, G., Hazirbaba, K., and Marx, E. (2011). “Numerical Analysis of Permafrost Effects on the Seismic Site Response,” Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Elsevier, Vol. 31, No. 3, 282-290. DOI: 10.1016/j.soildyn.2010.08.004
  • Hazirbaba, K and Gullu, H. (2010). “California Bearing Ratio Improvement and Freeze-Thaw Performance of Fine-grained Soils Treatedwith Geofiber and Synthetic Fluid,” Cold Regions Science and Technology, Elsevier, Vol. 63, No. 1-2, 50-60. DOI: 10.1016/j.coldregions.2010.05.006      
  • Gullu, H. and Hazirbaba, K. (2010). “Unconfined Compressive Strength and Post-Freeze-Thaw Behavior of Fine-grained Soils Treatedwith Geofiber and Synthetic Fluid,” Cold Regions Science and Technology, Elsevier, Vol. 63, No. 2-3, 142-150.DOI: 10.1016/j.coldregions.2010.04.001      
  • Hazirbaba, K. and Rathje, E.M. (2009). “Pore pressure generation of silty sands due to induced cyclic shear strain,” Journal of the Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 135, No. 12, 1892-1905.DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0000147
  • Derakhshandi, M., Rathje, E.M., Hazirbaba, K., Mirhosseini, S.M. (2008). “The effect of plastic fines on the pore pressure generation characteristics of saturated sands,” Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Elsevier, Vol. 28, No. 5, 376-386.DOI: 10.1016/j.soildyn.2007.07.002
  • Chang, W.J., Rathje, E.M., Stokoe II, K.H., and Hazirbaba, K. (2007). “In situ pore pressure generation behavior of liquefiable sand,” Journal of the Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, Vol. 133, No. 8, 921-931.DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)1090-0241(2007)133:8(921)

Refereed Conference Articles

  • Xu G., Dutta, U., Yang, Z., and Hazirbaba, K., 2010, “Frozen soil effects on the observed ground motion characteristics,” Proc. 9th US National and 10th Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering: Reaching Beyond Borders, Jul. 25-29, Toronto, Canada. Paper No. 1170. Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI).
  • Hazirbaba, K. and Connor, B., 2009, “Utilization of geofibers and synthetic fluid to increase the bearing capacity of marginal soils,” Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on the Bearing Capacity of Roads, Railways and Airfields (BCR2A), Champaign, Illinois, USA, June 29-July 2, 2009.
  • Hazirbaba, K. and Omarow, M., 2009, “Comparison of stress and strain approaches for evaluation of liquefaction potential of sands,” Proceedings of the International Conference on Performance-Based Design in Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering (IS-TOKYO 2009), 15-18 June 2009. Performance Based Design in Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering, CRC Press.
  • Dutta, U., Yang, Z., Xu, G., and Hazirbaba, K., 2008, “Effect of seasonally frozen soil and permafrost on seismic site response,” Proceedings of the 14th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (14 WCEE), October 12-17, CD-ROM.
  • Hazirbaba, K. and Rathje, E.M., 2006, “Strain-based pore water pressure generation in clean sands,” Presented and very well received during the 8th US National Conference on Earthquake Engineering (8NCEE), San Francisco-CA, April 18-22.
  • Hazirbaba, K. and Rathje, E.M., 2004, “A comparison between in situ and laboratory measurements of pore water pressure generation,” Proceedings of the 13th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering (13WCEE), August 1-6, CD-ROM.
  • Sari, A., Hazirbaba, K., and Yildirim, Y., 2003, “A correlation study between ground motion parameters and damage during Kocaeli Earthquake,” Proceedings of the 16th Engineering Mechanics Conference, ASCE, July 16-18, CD-ROM.
  • Hazirbaba, K., Gullu, H., Yildirim, Y., and Sari, A., 2002, “Soil amplification and structural damage relationship during Dinar Earthquake,” Proceedings of the Seventh U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering (7NCEE), EERI, July 21-25, CD-ROM.


  • Hazirbaba, K. and Hulsey, J.L., 2009. “Earthquakes, permafrost, and seasonal frost: What happens?” Alaska University Transportation Center Newsletter, March 2009, Vol 2.,Num., 2.
  • Hazirbaba, K. and Connor, B., 2008. “Using geofiber and synthetic fluid to stabilize marginal soils,” Alaska University Transportation Center Newsletter, February 2008, Vol 1., Num., 2. 


  • Hazirbaba, K., 2004, “Strain controlled, cyclic simple shear testing of silty sands,” Career EXPO 2004, The University of Texas, September.
  • Hazirbaba, K. and Rathje, E.M., 2003, “Pore pressure generation characteristics of sands and silty sands under cyclic loading,” Centennial Celebration Program, The University of Texas at Austin, November. 

Invited Presentation 

  • Hazirbaba, K. “Trans-Canada Alaska Pipeline project: Seismic hazards along the pipeline corridor,” IARC, UAF, Fairbanks, February 2009.
  • Hazirbaba, K. “Soil stabilization in cold regions,” ASCE Fairbanks, Westmark Hotel, June 2008.
  • Hazirbaba, K. and Connor, B. “The use of geofibers and synthetic fluid as stabilizers for marginal soils,” Peak Civil Technologies Co., Anchorage, AK, October 2007.
  • Hazirbaba, K. “Pore pressure generation due to cyclic loading,” University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK, June 2006.
  • Hazirbaba, K. “Cyclic behavior of liquefiable soils,” University of Missouri-Rolla, Rolla, MO, April 2005.
  • Hazirbaba, K. “Strain-induced pore pressure generation in non-plastic silts,” California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, April 2005.
  • Hazirbaba, K. “Cyclic simple shear testing of silty sands,” Bogazici University, Istanbul, December 2003.
  • Hazirbaba, K. “Geotechnical aspects of the Dinar Earthquake: Soil amplification,” Michigan Technological University, Houghton, August 2000
  • Hazirbaba, K. “Clogging of landfill leachate collection and drainage systems,” Texas A&M University, College Station, May 2000.

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