Mark Tufenkjian; Ph.D., P.E.; Professor and Chair

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College of Engeering, Computer Science, and Technology
Department of Civil Engineering
Office Location: ET A-211
Phone: (323) 343-4434 Email:


I began my full-time teaching career at CSLA in 1997. Prior to that I worked as a geotechnical consultant in the Los Angeles area for such companies as Woodward-Clyde, Law/Crandall, and Leroy Crandall & Associates. I have maintained a consulting role but now primarlily in conducting advanced laboratory testing (Triaxial, Direct Simple Shear, Resonant Column, Torsion Shear, Ring Shear). Our geotechnical laboratory is fully equipped to handle a wide variety of testing conditions. I also maintain an array of in-situ penetrometers (cone, ball, vane).


I take pride in being able to teach a wide array of geotechnical courses - from undergraduate soils mechanics to graduate geotechnical earthquake engineering. I especially enjoy geotechncal laboartory testing.


My primary research interests are in advanced laboratory testing and in-situ testing in relation to seafloor enginnering. I have done studies for the Office of Naval Research and the Department of Defense using alternative penetrometers to measure the undrained shear strength of soft clays and friction angle of loose sands. The studies have been applied in nature and involved designing large scale laboratory testing equipment specficic to the studies. More recently, I am looking at how geophysical measurements can be used to estimate strength properties of soils.


Title Date
Publication 5 2005
Publication 4 2004
Publication 3 2003
Publication 2 2002
Publication 1 2001




M.A. Art 2002

  • California State University, Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA

B.A. Art 2000

  • California State University, Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA


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