May 31, 2022

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Juan Pestana Spoke on Flood Protection Systems and Climate Change in Tufts University CEE Seminar Series

Juan Pestana, Sc.D., P.E. (Massachusetts) offered a seminar titled "Performance of Flood Protection Systems in the Wake of Climate Change: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina" as part of the spring 2022 CEE Seminar Series offered by the Tufts University Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. In addition to publishing academic papers on the topic, Juan served on the National Science Foundation’s 30-person independent levee investigation team.

Juan Pestana is a Senior Principal Geotechnical Engineer with more than 30 years of experience focused on geotechnical and geotechnical earthquake engineering. Before joining Geosyntec, he spent 23 years as a professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of California at Berkeley, where he taught and conducted research in Computational Geomechanics, Geotechnical, Geotechnical Earthquake and Offshore Engineering. Dr. Pestana has authored or coauthored more than 150 research publications. His research awards include the National Science Foundation CAREER award on modeling cyclic behavior of cohesionless soils, the ASCE Arthur Casagrande Award for contributions to constitutive modeling of soil behavior, the ASCE Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize for contributions to constitutive and numerical modeling in Geotechnical Engineering, and the Shamsher Prakash Research Prize for significant contributions to Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering.

In addition to these achievements, in 2021, Juan joined the faculty of the Tufts Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering as Professor of the Practice, specializing in geotechnical engineering, geotechnical earthquake engineering, soil behavior, and soil property characterization. He has regularly taught in the department since 2020.

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