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Giuseppe Buscarnera

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech A124
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-491-5884Email Giuseppe Buscarnera


Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Ph.D. Geotechnical Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy

M.S. Geotechnical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy

B.S. Civil Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy

Research Interests

Constitutive modeling of geomaterials; mechanics of unsaturated soils; chemo-mechanics of porous rocks; theory of material stability and its application to geo-engineering problems; fracture and crushing in granular materials; natural hazards; slope stability analyses; landslide forecasting.

Significant Recognition

  • NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award
  • ALERT PhD Prize by the ALERT Geomaterials Association
  • Rocca Fellowship (MIT and Politecnico di Milano)
  • Gold medal for best student in Civil Engineering (Politecnico di Milano)
  • Luciano Varischi Scholarship (Politecnico di Milano)

Selected Publications

    1. Mihalache, C., Buscarnera, G. (2015). Is wetting-collapse and unstable compaction process? J. Geotech. Geoenviron. Eng., 141(2).
    2. Das, A., Buscarnera, G. (2014). Compaction localization in high-porosity calcarenite: numerical modeling of axisymmetric loading paths. Int. J. Rock. Mech. Min. Sc, 71, 91-104.
    3. Zhang, Y., Buscarnera, G. (2014). Grainsize dependence of clastic yielding in unsaturated granular soils. Granular Matter, 16:469–483.
    4. Buscarnera, G., Laverack, R. (2014). Path-dependence of the potential for compaction banding: theoretical predictions based on a plasticity model for porous rocks. Journal of Geophysical Research – Solid Earth, 119, 3, 1882–1903.
    5. Mihalache, C., Buscarnera, G. (2014). Mathematical identification of diffuse and localized instabilities in fluid‐saturated sands. Int. J. Numer. Anal. Meth. Geomech.; 38: 111–141.
    6. Buscarnera, G. (2014). Uniqueness and existence in plasticity models for unsaturated soils. Acta Geotechnica, 9, 313–327.
    7. Buscarnera G., di Prisco C. (2013) Soil stability and flow slides in unsaturated shallow slopes: can saturation events trigger liquefaction processes? Géotechnique, 63(10), 801 –817.
    8. Buscarnera G. (2012) A conceptual model for the chemo-mechanical degradation of granular geomaterials. Géotechnique Letters, 2, 149-154.
    9. Buscarnera G., Whittle A.J. (2012) Constitutive modelling approach for evaluating the triggering of flow slides. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 49(5): 499-511.
    10. Buscarnera G., Nova R. (2011) Modelling instabilities in triaxial testing on unsaturated soil specimens, Int. J. Numer. Anal. Meth. Geomech.; 35: 179–200.