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Arash Khosravifar
Arash Khosravifar

Assistant Professor 
Engineering Building, 202G 
1930 SW 4th Avenue, 97201 
Phone: 503-725-4280 


Dr. Arash Khosravifar joined the Geotechnical Engineering group in Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Portland State University (PSU) in December 2015. Prior to joining PSU, he worked for Fugro Consultants Inc. in California where he worked on seismic hazard studies for transportation projects (bridges) and energy developments (oil and gas, wind turbines). He obtained his Ph.D. from University of California, Davis where he conducted research on analysis and design of piles in liquefied soils. 

Research Interests

Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, Soil Liquefaction, Geotechnical Numerical and Physical Modeling, Soil-Structure Interaction (SSI), Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis and Ground Motions. 

Students who are interested to pursue graduate studies in Geotechnical Engineering (M.S. or Ph.D.) are encouraged to contact me. 


Ph.D. University of California at Davis (2012) 
M.S. Sharif University of Technology, Iran (2006) 
B.S. Sharif University of Technology, Iran (2003) 

Work History

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Portland State University 
Project Engineer and Senior Staff Engineer, Fugro Consultants Inc., Oakland, CA (2012 - 2015)


CE444: Geotechnical Design 
CE341/345: Soil Mechanics

Selected Publications

  • Khosravifar, A., Ugalde, J. and Travasarou, T. “Design of Piles in Liquefied Soils for Combined Inertial and Kinematic Demands” The 6th International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering, Christchurch, New Zealand, November 2015. 
  • Khosravifar, A., Giannakou, A. and Chen, W. Y. “A Novel Approach to Incorporate Shear-Moment Coupling Effects in Developing Foundation Springs for Caisson Piles for the Third Bosphorus Bridge in Turkey.” The 40th DFI Annual Meeting Conference, Oakland, California, October 2015. 
  • Khosravifar, A., and Boulanger, R. W. (2013). “Three-Dimensional Analyses of Extended Pile Shafts Subjected to Liquefaction-Induced Lateral Spreading Loads.” Proceedings, Seventh National Conference on Bridges and Highways, MCEER-13-SP01, J. Kapur and T. Ostrom, eds., State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, paper C2-1. 
  • Khosravifar, A., Boulanger, R. W., and Kunnath, S. K. (2014). “Effects of Liquefaction on Inelastic Demands of Bridge Pile Shafts.” Earthquake Spectra, 30 (4), pp, 1749-1773. 
  • Khosravifar, A., Boulanger, R. W., and Kunnath, S. K. (2014). “Design of Extended Pile Shafts for the Effects of Liquefaction.” Earthquake Spectra, 30 (4), pp, 1775-1799. 
  • Khosravifar, A., and Boulanger, R. W. (2012). “Design of Extended Pile Shafts for Liquefaction Effects.” Geo-Congress 2012: State of the Art and Practice in Geotechnical Engineering, R. D. Hyrciw, A. Athanasopoulos-Zekkos, and N. Yesiller, eds., Geotechnical Special Publication No. 225, ASCE Geo-Institute, 1690-1699. 
  • Khosravifar, A., and Boulanger, R. W. (2010). “Inelastic Response of Extended Pile Shafts in Laterally Spreading Ground during Earthquakes.” Deep Foundation Institute Journal, 4(2), pp. 41-53.