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Adrian Rodriguez-Marek

Adrian Rodriguez-Marek
120C Patton Hall
Blacksburg, VA, USA 24061
Mail Code: (0105)

Program Area : Geotechnical Engineering

Area of Interest

Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, Performance Based Design in Geotechnical Engineering

Dr. Rodriguez-Marek's research is in the general area of Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering. His research focuses on advancing the state of the art for non-ergodic seismic hazard assessment. His research projects address the quantification of the standard deviation of earthquake induced ground motions (sigma) accounting for repeatable path or site effects, and studies on the application of non-ergodic seismic hazard analysis including various effects such as surface topography or soil nonlinearity. Other current research projects include collaborative research with Dr. Russell Green on liquefaction triggering using energy-based methods within a probabilistic framework.

  • B.S. in Civil Engineering, Washington State University 1994
  • M.S. in Civil Engineering, Washington State University 1996
  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, U.C. Berkeley 2000
  • CEE 4534 : Earth Pressures and Foundation Structures
  • CEE 4554 : Natural Disaster Mitigation
  • CEE 5534 : Foundation Engineering I
  • CEE 5584 : Geotechnical Aspects of Earthquake Engineering
  • CEE 5504 : Risk Analysis in Geotechnical Engineering
  • Rodriguez-Marek, A., Bommer, J.J., Youngs, R.R., Crespo, M.J., Stafford, P.J., and Bahrampouri, M. (2020). “Capturing epistemic uncertainty in site response.” Accepted for publication in Earthquake Spectra, September 22, 2020. DOI:10.1177/8755293020970975.
  • Upadhyaya, S., Maurer, B.W., Green, R.A., and Rodriguez-Marek, A. (2021). “Selecting optimal factor of safety and probability of liquefaction triggering thresholds for engineering projects based on misprediction costs.” Accepted for publication in the Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, January 8, 2021
  • Shahtaheri, Y. Rodriguez-Marek, A., de la Garza, J.M., and Flint, M.M. (2021). “A multi-objective systems reliability approach for infrastructure design under aleatory and epistemic uncertainty.” Journal of Structural Safety 89, 102063. DOI: 10.1016/j.strusafe.2020.102063.
  • Bahrampouri, M., Rodriguez-Marek, A., and Green, R. (2020). “Ground motion prediction equations for significant duration using the Kik-net database.” Accepted for Publication in Earthquake Spectra, August 22, 2020. DOI:10.1177/8755293020970971
  • Bahrampouri, M., Rodriguez-Marek, A., Shahi, S., and Dawood, H. (2020). “An updated database for ground motion parameters for KiK-net records.” Accepted for publication July 14 2020.  DOI:10.1177/8755293020952447.
  • Bahrampouri, M., Rodriguez-Marek, A., and Green, R.A. (2020). “Ground motion prediction equation for Arias Intensity using the Kik-Net Database.” Accepted for publication, Earthquake Spectra. DOI:10.1177/8755293020938815
  • Dhulipala, S., Rodriguez-Marek, A., and Bahrampouri, M. (2020). “Intensity measure adequacy assessment for nonlinear site response using information theory.”  Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, 134, 106144. DOI:10.1016/j.soildyn.2020.106144.
  • Passeri, F., Foti, S., and Rodriguez-Marek, A. (2020). “A new geostatistical model for the management of uncertainties in shear wave velocity profiles.” Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, 136, 106247. DOI:10.1016/j.soildyn.2020.106247.
  • Green, R.A., Bommer, J.J., Stafford, P.J., Maurer, B.W., Kruiver, P.P, Edwards, B., Rodriguez-Marek, A., de Lange, G., Oates, S.J., Stork, T., Omidi, P., Bourne, S.J., and van Elk, J. (2020). “Liquefaction hazard of the Groningen region of the Netherlands due to induced seismicity.” ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and GeoEnvironmental Engineering 146(8): 04020068. DOI:10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0002286.
  • Lee, R.A., Bradley, B.A., Stafford, P.J., Graves, R.W., and Rodriguez-Marek, A. (2019). “Hybrid broadband ground motion simulation validation of small magnitude earthquakes in Canterbury, New Zealand.” Earthquake Spectra 36(2), 673-699. DOI: 10.1177/8755293019891718
  • Rai, M., ElGawady, M., and Rodriguez-Marek, A. (2019). “Probabilistic seismic demand analysis of a bridge with unbonded post-tensioned concrete filled FRP tube columns,” Fibers 2019, 7 ,23. doi:10.3390/fib7030023.
  • Passeri, F., Foti, S., Cox, B.R., and Rodriguez-Marek, A. (2019). “Influence of epistemic uncertainty in shear wave velocity on seismic ground response analyses.” Earthquake Spectra 35(2), 1-26. DOI: 10.1193/011018EQS005M
  • Green, R.A., Bommer, J.J., Rodriguez-Marek, A., Maurer, B.W., Stafford, P.J., Edwards, B., Kruiver, P.P., de Lange, G., and van Elk, J. (2019). “Addressing Limitations in Existing ‘Simplified’ Liquefaction Triggering Evaluation Procedures: Application to Induced Seismicity in the Groningen Gas Field,” Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering 17, 4539-4557.
  • Bahrampouri, M., Rodriguez-Marek, A., and Bommer, J.J. (2019). “Mapping the uncertainty in modulus reduction and damping curves onto the uncertainty of site amplification functions.” Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering 126 (2019) 105091.
  • Dhulipala, S.L.N., Rodriguez-Marek, A., and Flint, M.M. (2018). “Computation of vector hazard using salient features of seismic hazard deaggregation.” Earthquake Spectra 34(4), 1893-1912. DOI: 10.1193/080117EQS149M.
  • Noorlandt, R.K., Kruiver, P.P., de Kleine, M.P.E., Karaoulis, M., de Lange, G., Di Mateo, A., Ruigrok, E., Edwards, B., Rodriguez-Marek, A., Bommer, J.J., van Elk, Jan, and Doornhof, D. (2018). “Characterisation of ground-motion recording stations in the Groningen gas field.” Journal of Seismology, 22, 605-623.
  • Dhulipala, S., Rodriguez-Marek, A., Ranganathan, S., and Flint, M. (2018). “A site-consistent method to quantify sufficiency of alternative IMs in relation to PSDA.” Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics 47(2), 377-396.
  • Payne, S., Coppersmith, K.J., Coppersmith, R.T., Montaldo Falero, V., Youngs, R.R., Rodriguez-Marek, A., and Silva, W. (2017). Assessing the Need for an Update of a Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis Using a SSHAC Level 1 study and the Seismic Hazard Periodic Reevaluation Methodology. Nuclear Engineering and Design, 323(2017), 103-119.
  • Stafford, P.J., Rodriguez-Marek, A., Edwards, B., Kruiver, P., and Bommer, J.J. (2017). “Scenario dependence of linear site effect factors for short-period response spectral ordinates.”  Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 107(6), 2859-2872.
  • Bommer, J.J., Dost, B., Edwards, B., Kruiver, P.P., Ntinalexis, M., Rodriguez-Marek, A., Stafford, P., and van Elk, J. (2017). “Developing a model for the prediction of ground motions due to earthquakes in the Groningen gas field.” Netherlands Journal of Geosciences, Special Issue on Groningen earthquakes.96(Special Issue 5), s203-s213.
  • Song, J., Gao, Y., Rodriguez-Marek, A., and Feng, T. (2017). “Empirical predictive relationships for rigid sliding displacement based on directionally-dependent ground motion parameters.” Engineering Geology, 222, 124-139.
  • Cabas, A., Rodriguez-Marek, A., and Bonilla, F. (2017). “Estimation of Site-specific Kappa (κ0)-consistent Damping Values at KiK-net sites to assess the Discrepancy between Laboratory-based Damping Models and Observed Attenuation (of seismic waves) in the Field. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 107(5), 2258-2271.
  • Kruiver, P.P., van Dedem, E., Romjin, R., de Lange, G., Korff, M., Stafleu, J., Gunnink, J.L., Rodriguez-Marek, A., Bommer, J.J., van Elk, J., and Doornhof, D. (2017). “An integrated shear-wave velocity model for the Groningen gas field, The Netherlands.” Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering 15(9). DOI: 10.1007/s10518-017-0105-y
  • Bommer, J.J., Stafford, P.J., Edwards, B., Dost, B., van Dedem, E., Rodriguez-Marek, A., Kruiver, P., van Elk, J., Doornhof, D., Ntinalexis, M. (2017). “A ground-motion model for induced seismic hazard and risk analysis in the Groningen gas field, The Netherlands.”  Earthquake Spectra 33(2), 481-498. DOI: 10.1193/082916EQS138M
  • Cabas, A.M. and Rodriguez-Marek, A. (2017). “Vs-ko correction factors for input ground motions used in site response analyses.” Earthquake Spectra, 33(3), 917-941. DOI: 10.1193/122315EQS188M
  • Montalva, G.A., Bastías, N., and Rodriguez-Marek, A. (2017). “Ground Motion Prediction Equation for the Chilean Subduction Zone.” Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 107(2), 901-911. DOI: 10.1785/0120160221.
  • Lasley, S., Green, R.A., and Rodriguez-Marek, A. (2017). “Number of Equivalent Stress Cycles for Liquefaction Evaluations in Active Tectonic and Stable Continental Regimes.” Journal of Geotechnical and GeoEnvironmental Engineering, ASCE. 143(4): 04016116- . DOI:10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0001629.
  • Rodriguez-Marek, A., Kruiver, P.P., Meijers, P., Bommer, J.J., Dost, B., van Elk, J., and Doornhof, D. (2017). “A regional site response model for the Groningen gas field,” Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 107(5), 2067-2077. doi: 10.1785/0120160123.
  • Rai, M., Rodriguez-Marek, A., and Chiou, B.S. (2017). “Empirical terrain-based topographic correction factors for use in ground motion prediction,” Earthquake Spectra 33(1), 157-177. DOI: 10.1193/071015EQS111M.
  • Rai, M., Rodriguez-Marek, A., and Asimaki, D. (2016). “Topographic proxies from 2-D numerical analyses.” Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering 14, 2959-2975. DOI: 10.1007/s10518-016-9933-4.
  • Song, J., Gao, G.-Y., Rodriguez-Marek, A., and Rathje, E. (2016). “Seismic assessment of the rigid sliding displacements caused by pulse motions,” Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering 82, 1-10.
  • Lasley, S., Green, R. A., Chen, Q.., Rodriguez-Marek, A. (2016). “An approach for estimating seismic compression using site response analyses,” Journal of Geotechnical and GeoEnvironmental Engineering, ASCE, 142(6):04016015. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0001478.
  • Rai, M., Rodriguez-Marek, A., and Yong, A. (2016). “An empirical model to predict topographic effects in strong ground motion using California small to medium magnitude earthquake database,” Earthquake Spectra, 32(2), 1033-1054. DOI:
  • Dawood, H.M., Rodriguez-Marek, A., Bayless, J., Goulet, C., and Thompson, E. (2016). “A flatfile of ground motions from the KiKnet array,” Earthquake Spectra 32(2), 1281-1302. DOI:
  • Rodriguez-Marek, A. and Song, J. (2016). “Displacement-Based Probabilistic Seismic Demand Analyses of Earth Slopes in the Near-Fault Region.” Earthquake Spectra 32(2), 1141-1163. DOI:
  • Bommer, J.J., Coppersmith, K.J., Coppersmith, R.T., Hanson, K.L., Mangongolo, A., Neveling, J., Rathje, E.M., Rodriguez-Marek, A., Scherbaum, F., Shelembe, R., Stafford, P., and Strasser, F.O. (2015). “A SSHAC Level 3 probabilistic seismic hazard analysis for a new-build nuclear site in South Africa.” Earthquake Spectra 31(2): 661-698. DOI: .
  • Song, J. and Rodriguez-Marek, A. (2014). “Sliding displacement of flexible earth slopes subject to near-fault ground motions.” Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, 141(3), 04014110, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0001233.
  • Rodriguez-Marek, A., Rathje, E.M., Bommer, J.J., Scherbaum, F., and Stafford, P.J. (2014). “Application of single-station sigma and site response characterization in a probabilistic seismic hazard analysis for a new nuclear site.” BSSA 104(4): 1601-1619.
  • Rodriguez-Marek, A., Cotton, F., Abrahamson, N., Akkar, S., Al Atik, L., Edwards, B., Montalva, G.A., and Dawood, H.M. (2013). “A model for single-station standard deviation using data from various tectonic regions.” BSSA 103: 3149-3163.
  • Dawood, H. and Rodriguez-Marek. A. (2013). “A New Approach to Include Path Effects in Ground Motion Prediction Equations Using the Mw 9.0 Tohoku Earthquake Aftershocks.” BSSA 103: 1360-1732. DOI: 10.1785/0120120125
  • Montalva, G.A., Soto, F., and Rodriguez-Marek, A. (2012). “Drifting away from Vs30: a proposal using continuous Vs measures for building codes.” Revista Internacional de Desastres Naturales, Accidentes e Infraestructura Civil, 12 (1), 84-90 (in Spanish).
  • Cadet, H., Bard, P.-Y., and Rodriguez-Marek, A. (2011). “Site effect assessment using KiK-net data - Part 1 - A simple correction procedure for surface / downhole spectral ratios.” Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering 10, 421-448. DOI: 10.1007/s10518-011-9283-1.
  • Rodriguez-Marek, A., Montalva, G., Cotton, F., and Bonilla, F. (2011) “Analysis of Single-Station Standard Deviation Using the KiK-net data”,  BSSA 101 1242 – 1258.
  • Sehhati, R., Rodriguez-Marek, A., Elgawady, M., and Cofer, W.F. (2011) “Response of Multi-Story Structures to Near-Fault Ground Motions and Equivalent Pulses,” Engineering Structures, 33(3), 767-779.
  • Gillie, J.L., Rodriguez-Marek, A. and McDaniel, C. (2010). “Strength Reduction Factors for Near-Fault Forward-Directivity Ground Motions,” Engineering Structures, 32, 273-285. DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2009.09.014.
  • Rodríguez-Marek, A, J. Bay, K.S. Park, G.A. Montalva, A. Cortez-Flores, J. Wartman, and R. Boroschek (2010) “Engineering analysis of ground motion records from the Mw 8.4 southern Peru earthquake.” Earthquake Spectra, 26(2), 499-524.
  • Cadet, H., Bard, P-Y., Rodriguez-Marek, A. (2010) “Defining a standard rock site: propositions based on the KiK-net data base,” BSSA, 100(1), 172-195. DOI: 10.1785/0120090078.
  • Bray, J.D., Rodriguez-Marek, A., and Gillie, J.L. (2009). “Design Ground Motions Near Active Faults,” Bulletin of the NZ Society for Earthquake Engineering, 42(1).
  • Reyes-Suarez, D.K., Rodriguez-Marek, A., and Lizcano, A. (2009). “A hypoplastic model for site response analysis.” Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, 29, 173-184. DOI: 10.1016/j.soildyn.2008.01.003.
  • Rodriguez-Marek, A. and Ciani, D. (2008). “Probabilistic methodology for paleoliquefaction analyses.” Engineering Geology, 96(3-4), 159-172. DOI: 10.1016/j.enggeo.2007.10.007.
  • Rodriguez-Marek, A., Alva Hurtado, J., Cox, C., Meneses, J., Montalva, G., Moreno, V., Olcese, M., Sancio, R., Wartman, J., (2007). Geotechnical aspects of the August 15, 2007 Pisco, Peru earthquake.” Revista Internacional de Desastres Naturales, Accidentes e Infraestructura Civil, 7 (2-3), 239-258 (in Spanish).
  • Xu, L., Rodriguez-Marek, A., Xie, L. (2006). “Design spectra including the effects of rupture directivity in the near-fault region.” Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibrations, 5(2).
  • Rodriguez-Marek, A. and Bray, J. D. (2006) “Site response for near-fault forward directivity ground motions.” Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, 132(12), 1611-1620.
  • Keefer, D., Navarro Ochoa, C., Wartman, J., Rodriguez-Marek, A., and G. F. Wieczorek (2006). “Landslides caused by the M 7.6 Tecomán, Mexico earthquake of January 21, 2003.” Engineering Geology, 86(2-3), 183-197.
  • Wartman, J., Rondinel-Oviedo, E., and Rodriguez-Marek, A. (2006). “Performance and analyses of Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) walls in the Tecomán, Mexico, Earthquake.” Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, ASCE, 20(3), 287-299.
  • Xie, L., Xu, L., and Rodriguez-Marek, A. (2005). “Representation of near-fault pulse-type ground motions,” Earthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibrations, 4(2)
  • Wartman, J., Rodriguez-Marek, A., Macari, E. J., Deaton, S., Ramírez-Reynaga, M., Navarro Ochoa, C., Callan, S., Keefer, D., Repetto, P. C., and Ovando-Shelley, E. (2005). “Ground failure in the January 21, 2003 Tecomán, Mexico Earthquake.” Earthquake Spectra, 21(2), 493-598.
  • Bray, J. D. and Rodriguez-Marek, A. (2004). “Characterization of forward-directivity ground motions in the near-fault region.” Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, 24, 815-828.
  • Rodriguez-Marek, A., Williams, J. L., Wartman, J., and Repetto, P. C. (2003). “Southern Peru earthquake of 23 June, 2001: ground motions and site response,” Earthquake Spectra, 19A, 11-34.
  • Wartman, J., Rodriguez-Marek, A., Repetto, P. C., and Kiefer, D. K. (2003). “Southern Peru Earthquake of 23 June, 2001: ground failure.” Earthquake Spectra, 19A, 35-56.
  • Repetto, P. C., Wartman, J., and Rodriguez-Marek, A. (2003). “Southern Peru Earthquake of 23 June, 2001: mine facilities – geotechnical aspects.” Earthquake Spectra, 19A, 57-72.
  • Rodriguez-Marek, A., Bray, J. D., and Abrahamson, N. (2001) “An empirical geotechnical seismic site response procedure.” Earthquake Spectra, 17(1), p. 68-88.
  • Luccioni, L. X., Pestana, J. M., and Rodriguez-Marek, A. (2000) “An implicit integration algorithm for the finite element implementation of a nonlinear anisotropic material model including hysteretic nonlinearity.” Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, 190, 1827-1844.