Aaron Baukus

MS Student

Hometown: Austin, Texas

Previous Education: B.S. Civil Engineering, New Mexico Tech

Research Topic: undecided

Outside Interests: hiking, fishing, snow sports, and music

Email: a.algirdas.b@gmail.com


Raquel N. Borja Castillo

MS Student

Hometown: Lima, Peru

Previous Education: B.S. Civil Engineering, National Engineering University (Peru)

Research Topic: design of water balance covers consisting of mixed mine waste rock & tailings

Outside Interests: swimming

Email: raquel.borja_castillo at colostate dot edu


Emily Cook

MS Student

Hometown: Waconia, Minnesota

Previous Education: B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Wisconsin – Madison. Go Badgers!

Research Topic: evaluate the effects of solid and liquid waste co-disposal in landfills on methane generation and biocompatibility

Outside Interests: traveling, yoga, snowboarding, hiking, lake activities, brunch

Email: emcook2@mail.colostate.edu

Aliena Debelak

MS Student

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

Previous Education: B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Topic: coupled numerical simulation of debris flow-soil-structure interactions for flexible barrier mitigation systems

Outside Interests: snowboarding, soccer, mountain biking, knitting, geo-poetry, eating burritos

Email: aliena.debelak@gmail.com

Shahin Ghazi Zadeh

phd Student

Hometown:  Tehran, Iran

Previous Education: B.Sc in Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran; Geotechnical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

Research Topic: long term shear behavior of geosynthetic clay liners

Outside Interests: shear behavior of GCLs

Email: ghazizadeh.shahin@gmail.com

Mohammad Reza Hassanzadeh Gorakhki

Phd Student

Hometown: Mashhad, Iran.

Previous Education: B.S. Civil Engineering, Azad University of Mashhad, M.S. Civil Engineering, Colorado State University.

Research Topic: enhancing design of water balance covers composed of mixed mine waste materials

Outside Interests:  soccer, puzzles, sudoku

Email: mrhg@rams.colostate.edu


Wes Herweynen

MS Student

Hometown: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Previous Education: BE Civil (First Class Honors), University of Tasmania

Research Topic: evaluation of the effect of polymer amendment on large-strain consolidation behavior of mine tailings using a new seepage-induced consolidation apparatus constructed at CSU.

Outside Interests: soccer, basketball, hiking, camping, skiing, travelling

Email: wesleyh@mail.colostate.edu


Kubra Kahramanoglu

MS Student

Hometown: Samsun, Turkey

Previous Education: B.S. Mining Engineering, Middle East Technical University

Research Topic: application of in-situ rock/soil mechanics tests to water structures

Outside Interests: cooking, shopping, theater, travelling

Email: kubra.kahramanoglu@colostate.edu


Sajjad Karimi


Hometown: Tehran, Iran

Previous Education: B.Sc. Civil Engineering, University of Tehran, M.Sc. Environmental Engineering, University of Tehran

Research Topic: implication of solid and liquid waste co-disposal on organic stability and biochemical compatibility

Outside Interests: mountain climbing, swimming, reading poetry, and philosophy

Email: sajjad.karimi@colostate.edu


Trevor Kent

MS Student

Hometown: Loveland, Colorado

Previous Education: B.S. Civil Engineering, Colorado State university

Research Topic: mine waste cover systems

Outside Interests: hiking, camping, road biking, skiing, reading, standing in front of mountain lakes wearing a Patagonia hat

Email: tnkent at colostate dot edu


Kayla Moden

MS Student

Hometown:  Parker, Colorado USA

Previous Education: B.S. Environmental Engineering, Colorado State University

Research Topic: analyzing effectiveness of post-wildfire ground treatments to mitigate erosion and runoff

Outside Interests: CSU Triathlon Team, eating good food, outdoor activities with friends and family   

Email: kayla.moden@hotmail.com


Anna Norris

PHD Student

Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska

Previous Education: B.S. in Civil Engineering University of Nebraska, M.S. in Civil Engineering Ghent University, Belgium

Research Topic: polymerized bentonite: properties, barrier applications, and fundamental behavior

Outside Interests: yoga, hiking, cycling, food! 

Email: norrisan@mail.colostate.edu


Matt Pauly

MS Student

Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO

Previous Education: B.S. Civil Engineering, Colorado State University

Research Topic: Global modeling of unsaturated soil strength for vehicle mobility

Outside Interests: hiking, camping, snowboarding, golf, watching sports (go packers!)

Email: matthew.pauly at colostate dot edu


Monika Popang

MS Student / Fulbright Scholar

Hometown: Bontang - East Borneo, Indonesia

Previous Education: Bachelor in Civil Engineering (S.T.), Universitas Gadjah Mada (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)

Research Topic: geoenvironmental engineering & environmental geotechnics

Outside Interests: reading, traveling/sightseeing

Email: mpopang@mail.colostate.edu


Caleb Stock

MS Student

Hometown: Mankato, Minnesota USA

Previous Education: B.S. Geological Engineering, University of Minnesota

Research Topic: comparison of hydraulic performance of low permeability cover versus water balance cover

Outside Interests: mountain activities, playing and watching sport, drinking (Fort Collins) beer, and playing with my kids

Email: caleb.stock@colostate.edu


Ben Taylor

ME Student

Hometown: Boston, MA

Previous Education: B.S. Civil Engineering, UMass Amherst

Research Topic: earth embankment dams

Outside Interests: soccer, cycling, crossfit with wife, Sox and Pats, breweries, bass guitar

Email: ben.taylor at colostate dot edu


Zana Taher

PhD Student

Hometown:  Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan IRAQ

Adviser Names: Professors Scalia & Bareither

Previous Education: B.S. Civil Engineering, University of Sulamani Kurdistan, M.S. Civil Engineering, Colorado State University

Research Topic: polymer amendments for expansive soil mitigation

Outside Interests:  volleyball, swimming, hiking

Email: zanacudi at gmail.com



Joel Conzelmann

MS Graduate

Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan USA

Previous Education: B.S.E. Civil Engineering, University of Michigan

Research Topic: hydraulic conductivity of geosynthetic clay liners to mine waste solutions



Cameron Fritz

MS graduate

Hometown:  Chugiak, Alaska

Previous Education: B.S. Civil Engineering, Colorado State University

Research Topic: clay membrane behavior in waste containment applications

Matteus Hamade

MS Graduate

Hometown: Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Previous Education: B.S. Civil Engineering, Universidade FUMEC

Research Topic: shear behavior of mine waste mixtures

Kelechi James Nwaokorie

MS graduate

Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria

Previous Education: B.Eng. Chemical Engineering, Federal University of Technology, Owerri; Nigeria. M.S. Soil and Water Science, Florida A & M University, Tallahassee, USA

Research Topic: implications of solid and liquid waste co-disposal on organic stability and biochemical compatibility


Zhengguang Tian

MS Graduate

Hometown: Suzhou, Anhui China

Previous Education: B.S. Civil Engineering, Anhui Agricultural University

Research Topic: development of a seepage induced consolidation testing apparatus