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Sherif L. Abdelaziz

Associate Professor
Sherif L. Abdelaziz, Associate Professor
111-B Patton Hall
Blacksburg, VA, USA 24061
Mail Code: (0105)

Program Area : Geotechnical Engineering
Personal Homepage : https://www.sustaingeotech.net/

Area of Interest

Thermal and energy geotechnics, energy foundations, soil improvement, multiscale soil behavior from microstructure to large-scale, coupled phenomena in earth materials, resilient infrastructure.

  • Ph.D., Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 2013
  • M.Sc., Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 2008
  • B.S., Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt, 2004
  • Associate Professor, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 2020 - Present
  • Assistant Professor, The State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY, 2014-2019
  • Geotechnical Engineer, CH2M Hill (now Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.), Herndon, VA, 2013-2014
  • Lecturer, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt 2005-2006
  • Geotechnical Engineer, Dar Al-Handasah (https://www.dar.com/), Cairo, Egypt, 2004-2006
  • Young Investigator Program (YIP) award, U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), 2018
  • ExCEEd Teaching Fellow of ASCE, 2016
  • Soil Stabilization Recognition Award, CH2M Hill (Now Jacobs), 2013
  • Lizzi Fellowship, Deep Foundation Institute (DFI), 2010
  • Virginia Tech Chi Epsilon Chapter, The Civil Engineering Honor Society, 2009
  • Undergraduate Recognition Award, Cairo University, 2004
  • CEE 4534 : Earth Pressures and Foundation Structures
  • CEE 5544 : Foundation Engineering II
  • Abdelaziz, S.L., Jaradat, K.A., and Zeinali, S.M. "Modified thermomechanical triaxial cell for microscopic assessment of clay fabric using synchrotron x-ray diffraction." Geotechnical Testing Journal (in press), https://doi.org/10.1520/GTJ20190036.
  • Jaradat, K.A., and Abdelaziz, S.L. "Thermomechanical triaxial cell for rate-controlled heating-cooling cycles." Geotechnical Testing Journal (in press). https://doi.org/10.1520/GTJ20180354.
  • Zeinali, S.M., and Abdelaziz, S.L. (2020). Freezing-thawing effect on saturated clay microstructure. In Proc. Geo-Congress 2020: Modeling, Geomaterials, and Site Characterization. J.P. Hambleton, R. Makhnenko, and A.S. Budge (Eds.) GSP 319: 40-48. Reston, VA: American Society of Civil Engineers.
  • Zeinali, S.M., and Abdelaziz, S.L. (2020). Effect of heating rate on thermally induced pore water pressures and volume change of saturated soils. In Proc. Geo-Congress 2020: Modeling, Geomaterials, and Site Characterization. J.P. Hambleton, R. Makhnenko, and A.S. Budge (Eds.) GSP 319: 31-39. Reston, VA: American Society of Civil Engineers.
  • Saha, S., Gersappe, D., and Abdelaziz, S.L. (2020). Explaining the effect of biopolymer-based pore fluid on soil behavior using coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations. In Proc. Geo-Congress 2020: Modeling, Geomaterials, and Site Characterization. J.P. Hambleton, R. Makhnenko, and A.S. Budge (Eds.) GSP 317: 532-540. Reston, VA: American Society of Civil Engineers.
  • Jaradat, K.A., and Abdelaziz, S.L. (2020). Impact of particle size distribution on drained shearing response of saturated clays using discrete element method. In Proc. Geo-Congress 2020: Modeling, Geomaterials, and Site Characterization. J.P. Hambleton, R. Makhnenko, and A.S. Budge (Eds.) GSP 317: 302-310. Reston, VA: American Society of Civil Engineers.
  • Jaradat, K.A., and Abdelaziz, S.L. (2020). Microscopic assessment of the thermally induced volume changes of saturated clays using discrete element method. In Proc. Geo-Congress 2020: Modeling, Geomaterials, and Site Characterization. J.P. Hambleton, R. Makhnenko, and A.S. Budge (Eds.) GSP 317: 293-301. Reston, VA: American Society of Civil Engineers.
  • Jaradat, K.A., and Abdelaziz, S.L. (2019). "On the use of discrete element method for multi-scale assessment of clay behavior", Computers and Geotechnics, vol. 112, no. 8, pp. 329-341.
  • Antonette, J., Donza, J., Jaradat, K.A., Darbari, Z., and Abdelaziz, S.L. (2019). Filler-stabilized xanthan gum for soil improvement. In Proc. Geo-Congress 2019: Soil Improvement. C.L. Meehan, S. Kumar, M.A. Pando, and J.T. Coe (Eds.) GSP 309: 125-133. Reston, VA: American Society of Civil Engineers.
  • Jaradat, K.A., and Abdelaziz, S.L. (2019). Thermo-mechanical behavior of saturated clays using discrete element modeling. In Proc. Geo-Congress 2019: Geotechnical Materials, Modeling, and Testing. C.L. Meehan, S. Kumar, M.A. Pando, and J.T. Coe (Eds.) GSP 310: 125-134. Reston, VA: American Society of Civil Engineers.
  • He, X., Abdelaziz, S.L., Chen, F., Yin, H. (2019). "Finite element simulation of self-heated pavement under different mechanical and thermal loading conditions", Journal of Road Materials and Pavement Design, vol. 20, no. 8, pp. 1807-1826.
  • Abdelaziz, S.L., Gersappe, D., and Rafailovich, M. (2019). Biopolymer-stabilized earth materials for resilient and adaptable infrastructures. Report (https://commons.library.stonybrook.edu/civileng-articles/1/)
  • Jaradat, K.A., and Abdelaziz, S.L. (2018). Temperature-dependent load-displacement curves of heat exchanger piles in sands. In Proc. IFCEE 2018: Installation, Testing, and Analysis of Deep Foundations. M.T. Suleiman, A. Lemnitzer, and A.W. Stuedlein (Eds.) GSP 294: 686-695. Reston, VA: American Society of Civil Engineers.
  • Abdelaziz, S.L., Longtin, J., Huiming, Y., Orr, D., Abraham, S.P., and He, X. (2018). Pavement deicing using hydronic heat exchange loops in the base layer: Experimental and modeling feasibility study. Report (https://trid.trb.org/view/1636147)
  • Jaradat, K.A., Darbari, Z., Elbakhshwan, M., Abdelaziz, S.L., Gill, S., Dooryhee, E., and Ecker, L.E. (2017). "Heating-freezing effects on the orientation of kaolin clay particles", Applied Clay Sciences, vol. 150, no. 1, pp. 163-174.
  • Darbari, Z., Jaradat, K.A., and Abdelaziz, S.L. (2017). "Heating-freezing effects on the pore size distribution of a kaolinite clay", Environmental Earth Sciences, vol. 76, no. 20, pp. 713.
  • Abdelaziz, S.L., and Ozudogru, T.Y. (2016). "Selection of the design temperature change for energy piles", Applied Thermal Engineering, vol. 107, no. 1, pp. 1036-1045.
  • Abdelaziz, S.L., and Ozudogru, T.Y. (2016). "Non-uniform thermal strains and stresses in energy piles", Environmental Geotechnics, vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 237-252.
  • Abdelaziz, S.L. (2016). A sustainable perspective for the long-term behavior of energy pile groups. In Proc. Geo-Chicago 2016: Geotechnics for Sustainable Energy. A. Farid, A. De, K.R. Reddy, N. Yesiller, and D. Zekkos (Eds.) GSP 270: 104-113. Reston, VA: American Society of Civil Engineers.
  • Abdelaziz, S.L., Olgun, C.G., and Martin, J.R. (2015). "Counterbalancing ambient interference on thermal conductivity tests for energy piles." Geothermics, vol. 56, no. 1, pp. 45-59.
  • Abdelaziz, S.L., Olgun, C.G., and Martin, J.R. (2015). "Equivalent energy wave for long-term analysis of ground-coupled heat exchangers." Geothermics, vol. 53, no. 1, pp. 67-84.
  • Olgun, C.G., Ozudogru, T.Y., Abdelaziz, S.L., and Senol, A. (2015). "Long-term performance of heat exchanger piles." Acta Geotechnica, vol. 10, no. 5, pp. 553-569.
  • Abdelaziz, S.L., Ozudogru, T.Y., Olgun, C.G., and Martin, J.R. (2014). "Multilayer finite line source model for vertical heat exchangers." Geothermics, vol. 51, no. 1, pp. 406-416.