Mehdi Omidvar

Assistant Professor

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Education

  • PHD, New York University

Courses Taught

  • CIVL 410: Introduction to Geotechnical Applications (Fall 2015)
  • CIVL 310: Introduction to Geomechanics (Spring 2016)

 

 

 

  • Research
    • Application of imaging and non-contact diagnostics in geoengineering and infrastructure monitoring
    • Theoretical/experimental study of aeolian and fluvial soil transport
    • Dynamic (cyclic and monotonic) behavior of granular media
    • Micromechanics of soil response to deep foundation installation and load transfer
    • Multi scale response of granular media – the role of particle fracture
  • Publications and Scholarly Activities

    Books/Book Chapters:
    1. Edited Book: Iskander, M., Bless, S., Omidvar, M.Rapid penetration into granular media: visualizing the fundamental physics of rapid earth penetration. Elsevier, 442p. (LINK)
    2. Book Chapter: Omidvar, M., Iskander, M., Bless, S. Meso-scale observations of rapid penetration into sand using transparent soils. In: Rapid penetration into granular media: visualizing the fundamental physics of rapid earth penetration. Elsevier, In Press.
    3. Book Chapter: Omidvar, M., Bless, S. Iskander, M., Global observations & post mortem analyses of penetration events in sand. In: Rapid penetration into granular media: visualizing the fundamental physics of rapid earth penetration. Elsevier, In Press.
    4. Book Chapter: Iskander, M., Omidvar, M., Bless, S. Response of granular media to high strain rate loading. In: Rapid penetration into granular media: visualizing the fundamental physics of rapid earth penetration. Elsevier, In Press.
    5. Book Chapter: Bless, S., Omidvar, M., Iskander, M. Rapid Penetration into Granular Media. In: Rapid penetration into granular media: visualizing the fundamental physics of rapid earth penetration. Elsevier, In Press.

    Peer-reviewed Journal Articles:

    1. Iskander, M., Bathurst, R., Omidvar, M. (2015). Past, present and future of transparent soils. Geotechnical Testing Journal. 38(5): 1-17. (LINK)
    2. Omidvar, M., Malioch, J.D., Iskander, M., Bless, S. (2015). Phenomenology of rapid projectile penetration into granular soils. International Journal of Impact Engineering. 85: 146-160. (LINK)
    3. Suescun, E., Omidvar, M., Iskander, M., Bless, S. (2015). Review of high strain rate testing of granular soils. Geotechnical Testing Journal. ASTM, 38(4): 1-26. (LINK)
    4. Carvalho, T., Suescun, E., Omidvar, M., Iskander, M. A non-viscous transparent soil for modeling geotechnical and geoenvironmental problems. Geotechnical Testing Journal, ASTM, 38(5): 1-8.
    5. Omidvar, M., Doreau Malioche, J., Iskander, M., Bless, S. (2015). Visualizing kinematics of dynamic penetration in granular media using transparent soils. Geotechnical Testing Journal, 38(5): 1-18. (LINK)
    6. Omidvar, M., Chen, Z., Iskander, M. (2014). Image-based Lagrangian analysis of granular kinematics. Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CP.1943-5487.0000433, 04014101. (LINK)
    7. Chen, Z., Omidvar, M., Iskander, M., Bless, S. (2014). Modelling of projectile penetration using transparent soils. International Journal of Physical Modelling in Geotechnics, 14(3): 68-79. (LINK)
    8. Peden, R., Omidvar, M., Iskander, M., Bless, S. (2014). Photonic Doppler velocimetry for study of rapid penetration into sand. Geotechnical Testing Journal, 37(1): 1-13. (LINK)
    9. Omidvar, M., Iskander, M., Bless, S. (2014). Response of granular media to rapid penetration. International Journal of Impact Engineering; 66: 60-82. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijimpeng.2013.12.004 (Elsevier)
    10. Guzman, I., Iskander, M., Suescun-Florez, E., Omidvar, M. (2014). A transparent aqueous-saturated sand surrogate for use in physical modeling. Acta Geotechnica, 9(2): 187-206. (LINK)
    11. Iskander, M., Chen, Z., Omidvar, M., Guzman, I., Elsherif, O. (2014). Active static and seismic earth pressure for c-φ soils. Soils and Foundations, 53(5): 639–652. (LINK)
    12. Iskander, M., Chen, C., Omidvar, M., Guzman, I. (2013). Rankine pseudo-static earth pressure for c- φ soils. Mechanics Research Communications, 51: 51-55. (LINK)
    13. Iskander, M., Omidvar, M., Elsherif, O. (2012). Conjugate stress approach for Rankine seismic earth pressure in cohesionless soils. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE, 139(7): 1205-1210. (LINK)
    14. Omidvar, M., Iskander, M., Bless, S. (2012). Stress-strain behavior of sand at high strain rates. International Journal of Impact Engineering, 49: 192-213. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijimpeng.2012.03.004 (LINK)
    15. Ghotbi, A., Omidvar, M., Barari, A. (2011). Infiltration in unsaturated soils – an analytical approach. Computers and Geotechnics, 38(6): 777-782. (LINK)
    16. Sfahani, M. G., Barari, A., Omidvar, M., Ganji, S.S., Domairy, G. (2011). Dynamic response of inextensible beams by improved energy balance method. Journal of Multi-body Dynamics, 225(1): 66-73. (LINK)
    17. Noorzad, R., Omidvar, M. (2010). Dynamic analysis of embankment dam with reinforced cohesive shell. Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering, 30(11): 1149-1157. (LINK)
    18. Omidvar, M., Barari, A., Ghotbi, A.R., Ganji, D.D. (2010). New class of solutions for water infiltration problems in unsaturated soils. Geomechanics and Geoengineering: An International Journal, 5(2): 127-135. (LINK)
    19. Barari, A., Omidvar, M., Ghotbi, A.R., Ganji, D.D. (2009). Assessment of water penetration problem in unsaturated soils. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions, 6: 3811-3833. (LINK)
    20. Noorzad, R., Safari, S., Omidvar, M. (2009). Effect of structure on wave-induced liquefaction potential of seabed sand deposits. Applied Ocean Research, 31(1): 25-30. (LINK)
    21. Barari, A., Omidvar, M., Ghotbi, A.R., Ganji, D.D. (2008). Application of homotopy perturbation method and variational iteration method to nonlinear oscillator differential equations. Acta Applicandae Mathematicae, 104(2): 161-171. (LINK)
    22. Barari, A., Omidvar, M., Ganji, D.D., Tahmasebi Poor, A. (2008). An approximate solution for boundary value problems in structural engineering and fluid mechanics. Mathematical Problems in Engineering, Article ID: 394103. (LINK)
    23. Noorzad R., Tahmasebi Poor, A., Omidvar, M. (2008). Variational iteration method and homotopy perturbation method for solving burgers equation in fluid dynamics. Journal of Applied Sciences, 8(2): 369-373. (LINK)

    Conference Papers:

    1. Omidvar, M., Iskander, M., Bless, S. (2015). Deceleration characteristics of projectile penetration in granular media. Society of Engineering Mechanics, Annual Conference & Exposition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics, In Press.
    2. Chen, Z., Omidvar, M., Iskander, M. (2015). Visualizing the fundamental physics of rapid penetration in soils. International Foundations Congress and Equipment Exposition, IFCEE2015, March 17-21, San Antonio, TX, In Press.
    3. Boccalini, F., Omidvar, M., Chen, Z., Iskander, M. (2015). Comparison of soil structure interaction during pile jacking and pile driving in granular media. International Foundations Congress and Equipment Exposition, IFCEE2015, March 17-21, San Antonio, TX, In Press.
    4. Omidvar, M., Chen, Z., Bless, S., Iskander, M. (2014). Scale bridging of interactions during penetration of granular media. Proceedings of the Society of Engineering Mechanics, Annual Conference & Exposition on Experimental and Applied Mechanics, B. Song et al. (eds), June 2-5, 2014, Springer, PP. 335-340.
    5. Omidvar, M., Bless, S., Guzman, I., Iskander, M. (2014). Velocity regimes for sphere penetration of granular materials. Bulletin of the American Physical Society, American Physical Society. ID: BAPS.2014.MAR.J17.6.
    6. Bless, S., Peden, R., Guzman, I., Omidvar, M., Iskander, M. (2014). Poncelet coefficients of granular media. Dynamic Behavior of Materials, Vol. 1, Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics, Series 2014, pp. 373-380.
    7. Omidvar, M., Chen, Z., Iskander, M. Bless, S. (2013). Visualizing the physics of penetrator into granular media. July 24, 2013, DTRA Review Conference, Springfield, VA.
    8. Omidvar, M., Iskander, M., Bless, S., Guzman, I., Peden, R. (2012). Visualizing the fundamental physics of rapid earth penetration using transparent soils. Gordon Research Conference on Granular and Granular-Fluid Flow, July 22-27, 2012, Davidson College, Davidson, NC.
  • Professional Experience and Memberships

    Professional Experience:

    Geotechnical Consultant, Industry and Management Consultant Co., Iran (2005-2008) 

    Geotechnical Consultant, Noorzad Consulting Office, Iran (2007-2009)

    • Design of Zarem Rood Embankment Dam (H: 78 m, Volume: 5.5 Million m3)
    • Reanalysis of Hozian Embankment Dam (H: 73 m, Volume: 3 Million m3)
    • Barandooz Embankment Dam (H: 63 m, Volume: 2.8 Million m3)

    Memberships:

    • Member, New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS)
    • Member, International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotehcnical Engineering (ISSMGE), Young Member Presidential Group (YMPG) - Board level committee
    • Member, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
    • Member, Geo-Institute
    • Member, American Association for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
    • Technical Affiliate, The International Association of Foundation Drilling (ADSC)
    • Member, Deep Foundation Institute (DFI)
    • Member, American Physical Society (APS)
  • Honors, Awards, and Grants
    • Recipient of New York University Global Research Initiative Scholarship. 2015
    • Recipient of ASCE Geo-Institute IFCEE 2015 Travel Grant. 2015
    • North America region representative to ISSMGE Young Member Presidential Group.  Also elected as chair of its Motivation Mechanisms Task Force. 2013
    • Selected as New York Academy of Sciences Education Fellow. 2012
    • Recipient of United States Universities Council on Geotechnical Education and Research (USUCGER) travel grant. 2012
    • Recipient of Ph.D. Fellowship, New York University. 2010
    • President’s Award for Outstanding Research Achievements, Golestan University. 2009