Biography

Dr. Elfass is a Research Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). He is also the manager of the Industry Support Group, leading the effort of assisting companies with developing products, improving competitiveness, and performing product qualification. He served as the NEES Operations Manager for UNR Earthquake Lab for ten years. Dr. Elfass served as an investigator on projects funded by National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Federal Highway Administration, and State Departments of Transportation. Dr. Elfass’ research interests include experimental and analytical studies of seismic performance of foundations, soil-structure-interaction, post-grouting of drilled shafts, performance of geosynthetics in geotechnical applications, and pile and pile group response under axial and lateral loading. He conducted large scale laboratory experiments as well as full scale field experiments to assess the response of drilled shafts. Dr. Elfass holds two patents to improve the axial capacity of drilled shaft and improve their performance during earthquakes. He has authored and co-authored several technical publications and served on technical committees. Dr. Elfass is the recipient of 2016 “Teacher of The Year,” award and “NEES Outstanding Service to Researchers” award in 2009 and 2014. He is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) and Project Management Professional (PMP).