Biography:

Dr. Ali Ghassemi received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Geotechnical Engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 2004 and 2011, respectively. Dr. Ghassemi worked as Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering Department of Qazvin Islamic Azad University in Iran from 2011 to 2018. He joined the York University in 2019 as a Research Associate in the Civil Engineering Department of Lassonde School of Engineering after spending four months’ sabbatical at University of Toronto.

During the past decade, Dr. Ghassemi has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in various areas of geotechnical engineering. Dr. Ghassemi has also supervised graduate students, served on student supervisory committees, and served as an external examiner for several theses. He has also refereed for many international journals such as Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, Geotechnical Testing Journal, Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering and Proceeding of the ICE-Ground Improvement.

He has more than 15 years of research experience in the areas of computational geomechanics, with focus on numerical simulation of hydro-mechanical processes by different numerical techniques. In this regard, Dr. Ghassemi contributed to extension/development of several academic computer codes for numerical simulation purposes based on numerical methods such as Discrete Element Methods, Lattice Boltzmann Methods and Finite Element Methods. His ongoing research at York university focused on quantifying the effect of climate change on embankment slopes using multi-disciplinary geo-hydrological models and unsaturated soil mechanics framework.

Dr. Ghassemi is a registered professional engineer (P.Eng.) in Ontario. He has considerable industry experience in the field of geotechnical and marine structure engineering. In last two decades, he has been engaged in various projects as a design engineer, senior geotechnical engineer and engineering manager. His industry experience includes but not limited to geotechnical investigation programs, foundation design, ground improvement processes, deep excavation techniques and design of quay walls. Dr. Ali Ghassemi is currently a senior geotechnical engineer with GHD.

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