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Giuseppe Buscarnera

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Director of Graduate Studies


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech A124
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

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Personal Profile


Civil and Environmental Engineering


Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Graduate Program

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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)

Significant Professional Service

  • Reviewer for the Int. J. Numer. Anal. Meth. Geomech. and Géotechnique Letters
  • Member, Italian Geotechnical Association (AGI)
  • Member, ISSMGE

Selected Publications

  1. Marinelli, F., Buscarnera, G. (2019). Anisotropic breakage mechanics: from stored energy to yielding in transversely isotropic granular rocks. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 129, 1-18.
  2. Zhang, Y.D., Buscarnera, G. (2018). Breakage mechanics for granular materials in surface-reactive environments. Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 112, 89-108.
  3. Marinelli, F., Pisanò, F., Di Prisco, C., Buscarnera, G. (2017). Model-based interpretation of undrained creep instability in loose sands. Géotechnique68(6), 504-517.
  4. Lizarraga, J., Frattini, P., Crosta, G., Buscarnera, G. (2017). Regional-scale modelling of shallow landslides with different initiation mechanisms: sliding versus liquefaction. Engineering Geology, 228, 346-356.
  5. Zhang, Y.D., Buscarnera, G. (2017). A rate-dependent breakage model based on the kinetics of crack growth at the grain scale. Géotechnique, 67(11), 953-967.
  6. Cil, M. B., Xie, M., Packman, A. I., Buscarnera, G. (2017). Solute mixing regulates heterogeneity of mineral precipitation in porous media. Geophysical Research Letters, 44(13), 6658–6666
  7. Mihalache, C., Buscarnera, G. (2015). Is wetting-collapse and unstable compaction process? J. Geotech. Geoenviron. Eng., 141(2).
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Buscarnera G., Einav I. (2012). The yielding of brittle unsaturated granular soils. Géotechnique, 62(2), 147 –160. 
  11. Buscarnera G., Whittle A.J. (2012) Constitutive modelling approach for evaluating the triggering of flow slides. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 49(5): 499-511.