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.
- Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering (AES1730 & CT1730HBO)
- Experimental methods in Geotechnical Engineering (CIE5321)
- Monitoring and stability of dykes and embankments (CTB3425)
- Offshore Geotechnical Engineering (OE44030)
- Modelling Coupled Processes for Engineering Applications (CIE4365)
- Foundations for offshore wind turbines
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:
- 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)
- 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
- BLUE Piling project 2 in collaboration with IHC IQIP granted by Top Sector Energy (TKI-Wind-op-Zee)
- Monopile Improved Design through Advanced cyclic Soil modelling (MIDAS)
- The ERC project of GEOLab which is a Research and Innovation ERC-action project in the framework of INFRAIA-2020
- IPad project: a joint industrial project on physical modelling of axial pile capacity.
- Reliable Dykes: Reliability-Based Geomechanical Assessment Tools for Dykes and Embankments in Delta Areas (STW: Dutch Technology Foundation)
- "Role of scour protection on prevention of static liquefaction induced flow slides”, funded by the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management (Rijkswaterstaat).
- MAGIC: Monitoring Systems to Assess Geotechnical Infrastructure Subjected to Climatic Hazards (FP7-EC project)
- Triggering Rapid Mass Movements (TRAMM), (Swiss national project)
- SafeLand: Living with landslide risk in Europe: Assessment, effects of global change and risk management strategies (FP7-EC project)
- Impact of climate change on engineered slopes for infrastructure (COST) Action TU1202 (Horizon 2020-EC Project)
- Seasonal slope response in an Alpine debris flow catchment (Swiss National Science Foundation)
- Sustainable Use of Soil as a Resource (National Research Programme of Switzerland, NRP68)