School of Engineering & Applied Sciences

Babak Abbasi

  • Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 2017
  • M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2012
  • B.Sc., Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, 2010
  • NODET High School, Diploma, Physics and Mathematics Discipline, Tabriz, Iran 2006

Joined WSU Tri-Cities in 2017 from WSU Pullman

Academic Interests


  • Statics
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Indeterminate Structures
  • Foundations
  • Groundwater
  • Dynamics of Structures
  • Finite Elements


  • Molecular Dynamics modeling of clay, asphalt binder, and calcium silicate hydrate
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics methods in geotechnical engineering
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Geomechanics of oil and gas wells and reservoirs
  • Bio-inspired geotechnics
Recent Publications
  • Abbasi, Ta X. H, B. Muhunthan, S. Ramezanian, N. Abu-Lail, TH. Kwon. “Modeling of permeability reduction in bioclogged porous sediments.” Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE (2017)
  • Abbasi, B. Muhunthan, “Crystalline swelling mechanism and dynamic properties of interlayer water in Wyoming-montmorillonite: Effects of monovalent exchangeable cations and hydration state” Clay Minerals (2017) – under review.
  • Muhunthan, N. V. Vijayathasan, and B. Abbasi. Liquefaction-induced downdrag on piles and drilled shafts, 2017, Research Report, Washington Department of Transportation, 139 pp
  • B. Abbasi, and TH. Kwon. “Diffusive and convective transport of disposed CO2 in porous media: A numerical approach.” Proceedings Geo-Congress 2014 Geocharacterization and Modeling for Sustainability. ASCE.
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