Shideh Dashti
Associate Professor
Geotechnical Engineering & Geomechanics

Office: ECOT 514


  • Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley (2009)
  • M.S. University of California at Berkeley (2005)
  • B.S. Cornell University (2004)

Honors and Distinctions:

  • 2021 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Price, ASCE
  • 2020 Associate Editor of the Year, ASCE Journal of Geotechnical Engineering and Geomechanics
  • 2020 Provost Faculty Achievement Award, CU Boulder
  • 2018 Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award, ASCE
  • 2015 Outstanding Reviewer Recognition, ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and GeoEnvironmental Engineering.
  • 2015 Departmental Young Researcher Award, Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, CU Boulder
  • 2015-16 Dean’s Faculty Fellowship, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, CU Boulder
  • 2015 National Science Foundation Early CAREER Award
  • 2014 Departmental Teaching Award, Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering, CU Boulder
  • 2009 Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, UC Berkeley
  • 2004–2005 UC Berkeley Graduate Fellowship in GeoEngineering
  • 2004 Magna cum Laude distinction, Cornell University
  • 2004 Distinguished Leadership Award, Cornell University

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Society of Civil Engineers (American Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE)
  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)
  • ATC Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) Provisions Update Committees (PUC) on liquefaction, foundation design, and seismic soil-structure interaction.
  • International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE TC104 committee member and one of two U.S. representative)
  • Co-leader and Steering Committee member of GeoEngineering Extreme Event Reconnaissance (GEER) since 2018, also participated in 8 reconnaissance efforts since 2011 (leader of 3)
  • Elected board member to the Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics Committee (Awards Subcommittee), ASCE Geo-Institute


  • Centrifuge Modeling
  • Seismic soil-structure interaction and structure-soil-structure interaction
  • Seismic response of underground structures in dense urban environments
  • Consequences of liquefaction
  • Performance-based design of liquefaction remediation techniques
  • Interdisciplinary research involving sensing technologies and information technology in earthquake engineering

Latest Publications:

  1. Hwang, Y.W., Dashti, S.+ (2023). “Seismic Interactions Among Multiple Structures Founded on Liquefiable Soils in a City Block,” ASCE Journal of Geotechnical Engineering and Geomechanics (Accepted and in press).
  2. Hwang. Y.W., Dashti, S. +, Tiznado, J.C. (2023). “Seismic Performance of Mat-Founded Building Clusters on Liquefiable Soils Treated with Ground Densification,” Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering (Accepted and in press). 
  3. Hwang, Y.W., Bullock, Z., Dashti, S., Liel, A.B. (2022). “A Probabilistic Predictive Model for Foundation Settlement on Liquefiable Soils Improved with Ground Densification,” ASCE Journal of Geotechnical Engineering and Geomechanics (Accepted and in press).
  4. Bullock, Z., Dashti, S., Liel, A.B., Porter, K. (2022). “Physics-Informed Probabilistic Models for Peak Pore Pressure and Shear Strain in Layered, Liquefiable Deposits,” Geotechnique (Accepted and in press).
  5. Bullock, Z., Dashti, S., Liel, A.B., Porter, K., and Maurer, B.W. (2022). “Probabilistic Liquefaction Triggering and Manifestation Models Based on Cumulative Absolute Velocity,” ASCE Journal of Geotechnical Engineering and Geomechanics, 148(3).
  6. Hwang, Y.W., Dashti, S., Kirkwood, P. (2021). “Impact of Ground Densification on the Response of Urban Liquefiable Sites and Structures,” ASCE Journal of Geotechnical Engineering and Geomechanics, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0002710.
  7. Tiznado, J.C., Dashti, S., Ledezma, C. (2021). “A Probabilistic Predictive Model for Liquefaction Triggering in Layered Sites Improved with Dense Granular Columns,” ASCE Journal of Geotechnical Engineering and Geomechanics, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0002609.
  8. Nagula, S.S., Hwang, Y.W., Dashti, S., Grabe, J. (2021). “Numerical investigation of liquefaction mitigation potential with vibroflotation,” Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Volume 146.
  9. Bullock, Z., Liel, A.B., Porter, K., Dashti, S. (2021). “Site-Specific Liquefaction Fragility Analysis: Cloud, Stripe, and Incremental Approaches,” J. of Earthquake Eng. and Structural Dynamics, Issue 9, DOI:
  10. Hwang, Y.W., Ramirez, J., Dashti, S., Kirkwood, P., Liel, A.B., Camata, G., Petracca, M. (2021). “Seismic Interaction of Adjacent Structures on Liquefiable Soils: Insight from Centrifuge and Numerical Modeling,” ASCE Journal of Geotechnical Engineering and Geomechanics, 147(8).
  11. Bullock, Z.,  Dashti, S., Liel, A., Porter (2021). “Can Geotechnical Liquefaction Indices Serve as Predictors of Foundation Settlement?” Earthquake Spectra, DOI:
  12. Tsai, C., Lin, C., Dashti, S., Kirkwood, P. (2021). “Influence of Container and Loading Characteristics on the Evaluation of Soil Dynamic Properties in the Geotechnical Centrifuge,” Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, Vol. 142, DOI:
  13. Aghababaei, M. Okamoto, C., Koliou, M., Nagae, T., Pantelides, C.P., Ryan, K.L., Barbosa, A.R., Pei, S. van de Lindt, J.W., and Dashti, S. (2021). “Full-Scale Shake Table Test Damage Data Collection Using Terrestrial Laser-Scanning Techniques,” ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, 147(3).
  14. Bullock, Z., Liel, A., Dashti, S., Porter, K. (2020). “A Suite of Ground Motion Prediction Equations for Cumulative Absolute Velocity in Shallow Crustal Earthquakes Including Epistemic Uncertainty,” Earthquake Spectra, 10.1177/8755293020957342.
  15. Tiznado, J.C., Dashti, S., Ledezma, C., Wham, B. (2020). “Performance of Embankments on Liquefiable Soils Improved with Dense Granular Columns: Observations from Case Histories and Centrifuge Experiments,” ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and GeoEnvironmental Engineering, 146(9).