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Inthuorn Sasanakul


Associate Professor

Civil and Environmental Engineering




Dr. Sasanakul has expertise in geotechnical centrifuge modeling, specializing in soil dynamics, soil characterization, instrumentations, and behavior of soils, and soil-structure systems that are subjected to earthquakes and other natural hazards. Her research includes work on advance soil testing using resonant column and torsional shear devices, centrifuge modeling of mine tailings, New Orleans levees and T-walls system, underground tunnel, soil model characterization using bender element, CPT, and T bar, and contaminant migration through soil cement barriers.   Dr. Sasanakul was a recipient of “ASTM Hogentogler Award of 2012”. She also received prestigious awards from the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineer including the “Commander’s Award of Public Service” with accompanying medal from the Chief U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This award is in appreciation for the support of New Orleans Recovery through efforts of the Evaluation Task Force of the Hurricane Katrina Interagency.


  • Ph.D., Utah State University (2005)
  • M.S., Asian Institute of Technology (2000)
  • B.S., Thammasat University (1998)


Communities and the world benefit from improved natural hazard analysis, planning and mitigation. Dr. Sasanakul performs physical modeling research utilizing centrifuge modeling and advanced geotechnical laboratory testing on soils and soil-structure systems.

Dr. Sasanakul’s current research focuses on natural hazards (floods, earthquakes, hurricanes). This research optimizes the use of field investigation, laboratory and centrifuge model testing to better understand soil-behavior and soil-structure interaction, and emphasize its implications in engineering practice. It is also valuable to perform collaborative research that combines both experimental, analytical, and multidisciplinary approaches. Our ultimate goal is to perform both fundamental and applied research that is academically intriguing while also providing engineers with practical applications. It is also our passion that research is seamlessly integrated with education with the goal of promoting public and K-12 students interest in civil engineering through the lens of natural hazard analysis.