Kenichi Soga is a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He obtained his BEng and MEng from Kyoto University in Japan and PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. He was Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Cambridge before joining UC Berkeley in 2016. He has published more than 400 journal and conference papers and is the co-author of “Fundamentals of Soil Behavior, 3rd edition” with Professor James K Mitchell. His current research activities are:
- Infrastructure sensing – distributed fiber optics sensing, wireless sensor network, energy harvesting, computer vision.
- Energy geotechnics – geothermal, ground source heat pumps, methane hydrates and wellbore deformation and stability.
- City-scale modeling of infrastructure systems – modeling of infrastructure network system from street-level to regional scale using high performance computing.
- Performance based design and maintenance of underground structures – urban tunneling systems
- Geotechnics from micro to macro – granular mechanics, large deformation modeling of multi-phase porous materials.
He is a Fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He is the recipient of several awards including George Stephenson Medal and Telford Gold Medal from the Institution of Civil Engineers and Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers.