Occurring on the 129th anniversary of the South Fork Dam failure near Johnstown, Pennsylvania, dam safety expert Faiz Makdisi, PhD, PE, D.GE, is presenting to the UC Davis Geotechnical Graduate Student Society on the topic of Seismic Stability and Deformation of Embankment Dams. Supporting SAGE’s longstanding commitment to advancing the geotechnical engineering profession, Makdisi’s presentation will describe the effects of earthquakes on dams, and the state-of-practice for evaluating the seismic stability and earthquake-induced deformations of embankments and slopes.
The author and co-author of many papers dealing with the seismic stability of dams and with various aspects of earthquake ground motions and seismic design criteria for critical facilities, Dr. Makdisi has four decades of specialized experience in geotechnical and earthquake engineering. Awarded the Danny K. McCook Medal by Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) in 2017 for his lasting contributions to dam safety, Dr. Makdisi is currently serving as a member of the Board of Consultants for the Oroville Dam Spillway Restoration Project, and on the Director’s Safety Review Board for Perris Dam, Castaic and Crafton Hills Dams, B. F. Sisk Dam, and four Delta Dams for the California Department of Water Resources, Division of Safety of Dams. He also currently serves as a member of the Consulting Review Board for Conconully Dam, for the US Bureau of Reclamation.