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Beena Ajmera

Beena Ajmera

Position
  • Assistant Professor
Dr. Ajmera has conducted research related to geotechnical engineering and has taught soil mechanics, surveying, engineering mathematics, geotechnical earthquake engineering, soil and site improvement, slope stability and retaining walls, and advanced soil testing courses. She has received several national and international awards for her research including, among others, the inaugural Oldrich Hungr Award from the International Consortium on Landslides, Thomas A. Middlebrooks Award from the Geo-Institute, Collingwood Prize from ASCE, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, U.S. Society of Dams Scholarship, and Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship twice. Dr. Ajmera has delivered over 20 invited presentations. As an Assistant Professor, she has supervised over 100 high school, community college, undergraduate and graduate students on various research projects. She serves as President-Elect for the North Dakota Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a Councilor in the Engineering Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research and serves as their representative for the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) Oversight Committee. Dr. Ajmera is also a member of the Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics (EESD) Technical Committee, the Embankments, Dams and Slopes (EDS) Technical Committee and the Student Participation Committee of the ASCE Geo-Institute, where she serves as Chair of the EDS Student Involvement Initiative and Co-Director of the National GeoWall Competition. As the Liaison from the United States representing the Geo-Institute, Dr. Ajmera is a member of the Younger Member Presidential Group of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. She also serves as an editor of the journal "Landslides." She is registered as a Professional Engineer (license no. C90144) in the State of California. Engineering.

Contact Info

490 Town Engr
813 Bissell Rd
Ames
,
IA
50011-1066

Education

  • B.S., Civil Engineering with Magna Cum Laude Honors, California State University, Fullerton, 2011
  • B.A., Applied Mathematics with Magna Cum Laude Honors, California State University, Fullerton, 2011
  • M.S., Civil Engineering with emphasis in Geotechnical Engineering, California State University, Fullerton, 2012
  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering with focus in Geotechnical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2015

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Research Interests

  • Geotechnical earthquake engineering
  • Static and dynamic behavior of soils and rocks
  • Static and dynamic laboratory soil testing
  • Fundamental behavior of geomaterials from mineralogical and chemical analyses
  • Use of recycled materials in soil modification
  • Ground improvement techniques
  • Lightweight cellular concrete
  • Soil and rock slope stability