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April 11 -13 , 2021

CBBG is excited to welcome students, faculty, staff, and partners to our 2021 Mid-Year Meeting! This website will house all information related to the event. Visit frequently for updated information.

CBBG Mid-Year Meeting 2021 Guest Speakers

Carlos Santamarina, Ph.D.

Yvette Upton, Ed.D
Professor, Energy Resources and Petroleum Engineering
Associate Director, Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Prevention Educator
Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire
Santamarina’s research team follows a “physics-inspired, data-driven” approach to study subsurface processes, which typically involve soils, fractured rocks and complex fluids. The research brings together particle-level and pore-scale experiments, high-resolution process monitoring systems, and complementary numerical studies.Upton is a highly collaborative leader and educator with a passion for gender and racial equity in our world. With more than 20 years of experience in higher education, including gender studies, women's centers and sexual violence, Dr. Upton currently presents to a wide range of audiences on these topics. She served as the founding director of the Georgia Tech Women’s Resource Center and loves the opportunity to work with STEM students and professionals.


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Meeting Agenda [PDF]

Sunday, April 11, 2021 – Mid-Year Online Meeting –

TBDTBDTBDCBBG Student Retreat – CBBG Student Leadership Council

Monday, April 12, 2021 – Mid-Year Online Meeting –

8:00AM9:00AM11:00AMWelcome and Meeting Overview – David Frost (Georgia Tech)
8:30AM9:30AM11:30AMStrategic Plan Rollout – Ed Kavazanjian (ASU)
9:30AM10:30AM12:30PMBreak / Lunch
10:00AM11:00AM1:00PMCreativity & Bio-geotechnics – Carlos Santamarina (bio)
11:00AM12:00PM2:00PMStudent Presentations
Peter Zelkowski PhD student NMSU (Advisor: Paola Bandini). “Development and prototype testing of laterally expansive piles”

Michael Edgar, PhD student ASU (Advisor: Ed Kavazanjian) “Nutrient removal and recycling from agricultural run-off”

YuYan Chen, PhD student UCD (Advisor: Alejandro Martinez) “Bio-Inspired strategies for a self-burrowing in-situ testing probe”

Shaivan Shivaprakash, PhD student GT (Advisor: Susan Burns) “Carbonate precipitation in carbonate bearing soils”
12:00PM1:00PM3:00PMBreak / Lunch
12:30PM1:30PM3:30PMIAB Academic Debate – (2IABs, 2SIs)
1:30PM2:30PM4:30PMStudent Presentations
Ishani Kulasekara MS student NMSU (Advisor: Lambis Papelis). “Selenium removal in a hybrid microbial physicochemical system”

Yong Tang, PhD student ASU (Advisor: Julian Tao) “Self-burrowing robots inspired by nature”

Maya El Kortbawi, PhD student UCD (Advisor: Katerina Ziotopoulo) “Bounding surface plasticity modeling for bio-cemented sands”

Rodrigo Borela, PhD student GT (Advisor: David Frost) “Effect of penetrometer tip shape in granular beds”
2:30PM3:30PM4:30PMClosing – David Frost (Georgia Tech) & Ed Kavazanjian (ASU)


Tuesday, April 13, 2021 – Mid-Year Online Meeting –

8:00AM9:00AM11:00AMEffective Strategies to Combat Racism in Ourselves and Our
Workplaces – Yvette Upton
9:30AM10:30AM12:30PMBreak / Lunch
10:00AM11:00AM1:00PMSAB Presentations – (SAB Members)
11:00AM12:00PM2:00PMCBBG Survey Feedback – Megan O’Donnell (ASU)
12:00PM1:00PM3:00PMBreak / Lunch
12:30PM1:30PM3:30PMSenior Investigator Sessions
Leon van Paassen, Associate Professor, ASU “How burping bacteria mitigate earthquake liquefaction, mesoscale tank tests”

Douglas Cortes Associate Professor, NMSU. “Utilitarian subterranean annelid-inspired geo-probe”

Anca Delgado, Assistant Professor, ASU “New bioremediation strategies for impacted groundwater”

Jackie Pena, Assistant Professor, UCD “Optimizing manganese bio-mineralization in granular media”

Sheng Dai, Assistant Professor, GT, “Hard rock drilling with angel-wing inspired bits”

Paola Bandini Associate Professor, NMSU. “Enzyme induced carbonate precipitation (EICP) for erosion control in sands”

Mike Gomez, Assistant Professor UW “Liquefaction behavior of bio-cemented sands: A path forward from Element to Systems-level Response"

Susan Burns, Professor, GT “Extending carbonate precipitation technology usage through international C2C collaboration”.
2:30PM3:30PM4:30PMClosing – David Frost (Georgia Tech) & Ed Kavazanjian (ASU)