Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
- Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Davis, 2016
- M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Davis, 2013
- B.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Davis, 2011
Michael Gomez joins the department in March 2017 from the University of California, Davis, where he completed his Ph.D. He will continue his geotechnical engineering research, investigating the use of chemical and biological processes in soils to develop new sustainable geotechnical technologies. As current soil improvement processes rely upon large amounts of energy and materials, Michael’s research leverages existing natural processes to strengthen soils, which addresses global challenges related to population growth, climate change, and material and energy demands. His current research focuses on strengthening weak granular soils using native soil microorganisms through a process called "microbially induced calcite precipitation," which can reduce treatment costs and environmental impacts.
Michael received the 2016 Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Telford Premium Journal Prize, which recognizes authors of the top papers published in ICE journals.