Askarinejad, A.


Dr Amin Askarinejad is Assistant Professor of Experimental Soil Mechanics at the section of Geo-Engineering of Delft University of Technology. His research interests and experience include development of early warning systems for natural hazards and soil-structure interaction with a focus on renewable energy harvesting foundations. In his research, he combines innovative techniques of geotechnical physical modelling with advanced sensing technologies. Before joining TU Delft, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for geotechnical engineering (IGT) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) where he conducted his doctoral research as well.


Dr Askarinejad’s main research focus is to investigate hydro-mechanical mechanisms leading to failure of geo-material and geotechnical structures. Application of his research are on subaerial and submarine landslides and offshore foundations. Over the past decade, Dr Askarinejad has been scientifically involved in several research projects in Switzerland, in the Netherlands and in the framework of the European Research Council (ERC).

He is the Dutch representative in two technical committees TC208 (slope stability) and TC104 (geotechnical physical modelling) of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE). In addition, he is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Landslides (Springer Nature) and the International Journal of Physical Modelling in Geotechnics (Institute of Civil Engineers, UK).

He has published more than 30 research papers in the most prestigious geotechnical journals such as the Géotechnique, Journal of Landslides, Acta Geotechnica and Canadian Geotechnical Journal. Additionally, he has also (co-) authored more than 50 contributions in leading international conferences. See the list of his publications on Google Scholar: Amin Askarinejad’s publications. Moreover, he has chaired sessions and organised symposia at various international conferences.

Course coordinator:

  • Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering (AES1730 & CT1730HBO)
  • Experimental methods in Geotechnical Engineering (CIE5321)
  • Monitoring and stability of dykes and embankments (CTB3425)

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Dr Askarinejad has received the Bright Spark Lecturer award from the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering in 2018. Moreover, his paper on the development of a novel monitoring technique for landslides received an honourable mention for the prestigious R.M. Quigley Award by the Canadian Geotechnical Society in 2019. He co-authored the paper on quantification of loads applied to offshore pipelines due to submarine landslides which won the “best paper award” from the department of Geoscience and Engineering in 2019.

In 2017 and 2018 Dr Askarinejad received the “best teacher award” for the Geo-Engineering MSc track of TU Delft.

Dr Askarinejad is currently supervising the following PhD candidates and Post-doctoral researchers:

Post-doctoral researchers:

  • Dr Huan Wang: Monopile Improved Design through Advanced cyclic Soil modelling (MIDAS project)
  • Dr Weiyuan Zhang: Investigation of the friction fatigue along monopiles using pressure chamber (BLUE piling project)
  • Dr Yaser Jafarian: Investigation of the influence of impact energy and duration on driveability of offshore monopiles (BLUE piling project)

PhD candidates:

  • Yuen Zhang: Long term behaviour of offshore monopiles subjected to horizontal cyclic loading in clay
  • Tristan QuintenQuinten, T.O.: Experimental study on the influence of energy flux on driveability of offshore monopiles
  • Dirk de Lange: Investigation of pile behaviour subjected to axial loading in geotechnical centrifuge
  • Qiang Li: Response of offshore monopiles under combined loading (Graduated)
  • Arash Maghsoudloo: Role of scour protection on prevention of static liquefaction induced flow slides

Amin Askarinejad

Assistant Professor