Zhandos Orazalin

Name: Zhandos Orazalin

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Dr. Zhandos Orazalin’s research is focused on geotechnical engineering problems associated with complex interaction between structures and soils under various loading conditions.
Dr. Orazalin received his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Karaganda State Technical University, Kazakhstan and the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. His PhD research is focused on the analysis of large-deformation offshore geotechnical problems considering laterally loaded piles under tension and mechanics of penetration. For his Master of Science (SM) degree at MIT, Zhandos worked on the 3D finite element analysis of a complex excavation project in an urban area. For this work, he won the Geotechnical Master Thesis Competition 2013 sponsored by Plaxis.


Orazalin, Z., Whittle, A., and Olsen, M. (2015). "Three-Dimensional Analyses of Excavation Support System for the Stata Center Basement on the MIT Campus." Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0001326.

Invited Talks:

MIT Henry L. Pierce Lab Seminar Series, October 2017

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