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Prof Itai Einav
Appointment
  • Honorary Professor
  • Dept of Civil, Environ &Geomatic Eng
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
Biography

Academic timeline
2012 Chair of Geotechnical Engineering, Dept of Civil, Environ & Geomatic Eng, UCL
2012 Professor, School of Civil Engineering, USyd
2008 Associate Professor, School of Civil Engineering, USyd
2005 Senior Lecturer, School of Civil Engineering, USyd
2005 Senior Research Fellow, COFS, UWA
2004 Research Fellow, COFS, UWA
2002 Research Associate, COFS, UWA 
2002 PhD in Civil Engineering, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
2000 MEng in Civil Engineering, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
1998 BSc in Civil Engineering, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Appointed visiting positions
2010 Visiting Professor, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC).
2009–10 Visiting Professor, Université Joseph Fourier, Laboratoire 3S-R.
2009 MTS Visiting Associate Professor, University of Minnesota. 
2005 MTS Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota.

Research Summary

After graduating with PhD from the Technion, Israel, in 2002, Itai has been developing models of plasticity, using theories such as hyperplasticity, hypoplasticity and h2plasticity. Further works on constitutive modeling include in 2007 the development of the thermomechanical theory of breakage mechanics, with which he explained soil mechanics from a new angle. Since then he applied the theory in geotechnical engineering, geophysics, mining geomechanics, and mineral engineering. The work on breakage has taken his interest to the physics of comminution in granular materials, including findings of attractors, self-organisation, apollonian packing, and force distributions. He looked at the thermal properties of granular materials, and discovered heat transfer via "dry granular convection" through diffusion in grain motion and vortex-like structures. In earthquake fault gouges dry granular convection was shown to be up to 3-4 order magnitudes more than conduction. Another hot topic in fault physics includes the development of the meltable discrete element method, with which he and his team applied to study a possible origin of earthquakes through cycles of melting and solidification. His works on segregation in granular flow include the development of cellular automata, discrete element simulations, and a five-dimensional continuum mechanics theory of segregation in bi- and poly- dispersed systems. Einav has patents in heat transfer and experimental geomechanics, and has provided consultancy to companies in mining geomechanics, including to Rio Tinto on block cave mining. 


Although being a trained Civil Engineer, Einav's vision has taken him to widen his scientific interest and establish many bridges between physicists, geo-physicists, mathematicians and engineers. With this multi-disciplinary vision the geotechnical group at UCL will extend its existing links with practice, supported by sound theories, computations and experiments.  


Teaching Summary

Supervision and mentoring
Supervision of 5 Postdoctoral fellows, and mentoring additional 5 from other groups. 
Supervision of 8 PhD students.
Graduating 4 PhD students, 2 awarded the best PhD thesis in Australia by the Australian Geomechanics Society.
Graduating 5 MSc students.
Supervising more than 35 undergraduate honour students

Teaching qualifications
Graduate Certificate, Institute for T&L, ITL (USyd, 2007)
Principles and practice of university T&L, professional development, ITL (USyd, 2006)
Guidance Diploma Level A (Israel, 1992)

Courses taught
Breakage Mechanics, UPC, Barcelona (2010). 
Geotechnical Engineering, Course coordinator, USyd (2010-2012). 
Foundation Engineering, USyd (2005-2009). 
Engineering Mechanics, Course coordinator, USyd (2006-2008). 
Geomechanics, Lecturer, UWA (2004-5). 
Constitutive modelling, Lecturer, Technion (2002). 

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