Kenichi Soga is the Donald H. McLaughlin Chair in Mineral Engineering and a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and has conducted groundbreaking research from infrastructure sensing to energy geotechnics. The NAE recognized Soga for his contributions to geomechanics and computational modeling. More recently, he has partnered with the East Bay Municipalities District to develop better infrastructure monitoring and modeling methods. Soga is also the founding director for the Center for Smart Infrastructure that focuses on this area of research. He was featured in this video by UC Berkeley Newsroom talking about collaborative work between UC Berkeley and EESA to explore the viability of using a geothermal heat pump system to help heat and cool the university’s buildings more efficiently through a project sponsored by DOE’s Geothermal Technologies Office.

Learn more about the NAE here.