College of Engineering, Computer Science, & Technology
Department of Civil Engineering
Mark R. Tufenkjian
Office: E&T A-410
Dr. Tufenkjian is in charge of the geotechnical engineering program and teaches all geotechnology related courses (lecture, lab, and design) at the undergraduate and graduate level in the Civil Engineering Department. He possesses more than 20 years of geotechnical engineering research and practice experience and is a registered civil engineer in the state of California. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Tufenkjian practiced as a geotechnical engineer for several prestigious firms, where he worked on a wide array of projects of varying complexity over land and water as an engineer and project manager.
My teaching interests cover the full range of geotechnical engineering and includes laboratory testing to determine soil strength properties, soil dynamics, slope stability, foundation engineering, and stability of earth structures. I especially enjoy teaching concepts on earth retaining structures and geotechnical earthquake engineering, which is particularly relevant in a seismically active region such as Southern California. I bring relevance to my classroom by emphasizing "real-life" problems and solutions.
My areas of research interest are in seafloor engineering, in-situ
testing, soil nailing, engineering education, and nondestructive testing of
Ph.D., Civil Engineering, 1993
M.S., Civil Engineering, 1989
B.S., Civil Engineering, 1986