Assistant Professor, Engineering Geology

BSAddis Ababa University
MSUniveristy of Akron
PhDKent State University

Curriculum Vitae

Teaching

GEOL 210: Applied Physical Geology
GEOL 399: Field Geology
GEOL 410: Engineering Geology
GEOL 460: Hydrogeology

Research Interests

My main area of research is in engineering geology. Specifically I work on stability of highway cut slopes that are subject to differential weathering. I am also working on the application of terrestrial and airborne LiDAR (light detection and ranging) for various applications in engineering geology.

In the past I worked on the evolution of the East African Orogen (EAO) and its metallogeny. I still have some ongoing works on the EAO. To add a little bit more fun to my life, I spend time writing computer codes from which came DipAnalyst, a software for rock slope stability analysis.

Publications 

Shakoor, A., Admassu, Y., 2016, Durability-based approach for designing cut slopes in weak rock units: Environmental and Engineering Geoscience, v. 22, pp.279 – 296.

Admassu, Y., Hamdan, H., Gautam, H., 2016, Multivariate statistical approach to re-evaluate the slake durability index test (ASTM 4644–08): Engineering Geology, v. 209, pp. 12-20.

Admassu, Y., Shakoor, A., 2015, Cut slope design for stratigraphic sequences subject to differential weathering – A case study from Ohio: Environmental and Engineering Geoscience, v. 21, pp.311 – 324.

Zaldivar, S, Admassu, Y, Luna, O y Reyes, J., 2014, Aplicación de DipAnalist en el Diseño de Estabilidad Cinemático de un Corte Minero de Grandes Dimensiones, Proceedings, XXVIIth Reunion Nacional de Mecánica de Suelos e Ingeniería Geotécnica, Puerto Vallarta, México, SMIG, pp RN_092.

Admassu, Y., Shakoor, A., 2014, Stability analysis of cut slopes in Ohio, USA: In Lollino, G., Giordan, D., Crosta G., Corominas, J., Azzam, R., Wasowski, J. and Sciarra, N., (editors), Landslide Processes, Proceedings, 12th Congress of the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment- Engineering Geology for Society and Territory, Torino, Italy, Springer, Cham, Heidelberg, New York, Dordrecht, London, v.2, pp. 2057 – 2060.

Admassu, Y., Shakoor, A, 2013, Computer simulation-based evaluation of rock fall roll-out distances for catchment ditch design in Ohio, USA: Georisk: Assessment and Management of Risk for Engineered Systems and Geohazards, v. 7, Issue 3, pp. 198-208.

Admassu, Y., Shakoor, A, 2013, Cut Slope Design Recommendations for Sub-Horizontal Hard Sedimentary Rock Units in Ohio, USA: Geotechnical and Geological Engineering, v. 31, pp. 1207-1219.

Admassu, Y., Shakoor, A, 2013, DipAnalyst: A computer program for quantitative kinematic analysis of rock slope failures: Computers and Geosciences, v. 54, pp. 196-202.

Admassu, Y., Shakoor, A, 2013, Application of a quantitative approach for kinematic analysis of rock slope failures along cut slopes in Ohio: Proceedings of the 47th U.S. Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium.

Admassu, Y., Shakoor, A., Wells, Neil, 2012, Evaluating selected factors affecting the depth of undercutting in rocks subject to differential weathering: Engineering Geology, v. 124, pp. 1-11.

Admassu, Y., Shakoor, A., 2010, Stratigraphic considerations for evaluating cut slope performance in rocks subject to differential weathering: In Williams, A.L., Pinches G.M., Chin, C.Y., McMorran, T.J., and Massey, C.I. (editors), Geologically Active, Proceedings, 11th Congress of the International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment, Auckland, New Zealand, CRC Press/Balkema, Taylor & Francis Group, London, U.K., pp. 667-674.

Shakoor, A., Admassu, Y., 2010, Rock Slope Design Criteria: Ohio Department of Transportation, Columbus, Ohio, 731p. 

Selected Abstracts and Presentations

Martin, C., Admassu, Y., Gipson, G., Distler, L., 2016, Use of polymers to strengthen weak erodible rocks affecting the stability of highway cut slopes: Geological Society of America-Southeastern Section, Abstracts with Programs, Abstracts.

Swanger, W., Admassu, Y., 2016, Using Google Earth’s street view to rate cut slopes along highways with respect to rockfall hazards: Geological Society of America-Southeastern Section, Abstracts with Programs, Abstracts.

Admassu, Y., Hamdan, H., 2015, Multivariate statistical approach to re-evaluate the slake durability test (ASTM 4644 – 08): Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists, Abstracts with Programs, p 44.

Admassu, Y., Shakoor, A., 2015, Multifaceted approach to designing cut slopes subjected to differential weathering: A case study from Ohio: Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists, Abstracts with Programs, p 44.

Admassu, Y., Hamdan, H., 2015, Terrestrial LiDAR based rockfall hazard rating for cut slopes along highways: A case study from Afton Mountain cut along I-64W, VA: Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists, Abstracts with Programs, p 44.

Rowson, D., Admassu, Y., 2014, Geotechnical Investigation of an Embankment Slope Failure on the Campus of James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA: Geological Society of America-Southeastern Section, Abstracts with Programs, Abstracts.

Admassu, Y., Shakoor, A., 2011, Cut slope design for sub horizontal competent rock units in Ohio: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v.43, no.1, p 37.

Admassu, Y., Shakoor, A., 2011, Computer simulation-based evaluation of rockfalls for catchment ditch design in Ohio: Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists, Abstracts with Programs, v.54, p 62.

Shakoor, A., Admassu, Y., 2010, Cut slope design for mudrock stratigraphic sequences: Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists, Abstracts with Programs, v.53, p 91.

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