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Name Dr. Zia ur Rehman
Designation Assistant Professor
Department Civil Engineering (Taxila)
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Ph.D. Civil Engineering

Tsinghua University Beijing

M.Sc. Civil Engineering

University of Engineering & Technology Lahore (UET Lahore)

B.Sc. Civil Engineering

Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan

The research work of Dr. Zia ur Rehman is mainly focused on constitutive behavior of soils and its modeling. In his Ph.D., he investigated the three-dimensional constitutive behavior of the gravelly soil-structure interface and proposed a three-dimensional elastoplastic damage interface model. His work is useful for promoting the constitutive theory of dynamic interface response and soil-structure interaction analysis method. Based on his research work, he has earned the prestigious "Tsinghua University Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation" award in 2020. Main findings of his research work can be found in various top tier journals of Geotechnical Engineering (e.g., Canadian Geotechnical Journal, International Journal of Geomechanics, Computers and Geotechnics). 

(Last updated: 18/3/2021)

  • Constitutive behavior of soils and rocks
  • Physical, constitutive and numerical modeling in geotechnics
  • Soil-structure interaction
  • Soil-structure interface
  • Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
  • Transportation Geotechnics
  • Environmental Geotechnics
  • Clayey soils and unsaturated soils
  • Sustainable waste solutions/recycling
  • Advanced construction materials

Selected Publications (Peer reviewed) 

(Last updated: 18/03/2021)

Rehman, Z., Zhang, G. (2021). Three-dimensional elasto-plastic damage model for gravelly soil-structure interface considering the shear coupling effect, Computers and Geotechnics, 129, 103868

Rehman, Z.U., Lu, F., Wang, T., and Zhang, G., (2020). Large-scale test study on the three-dimensional behavior of the gravel-concrete interface of a CFR dam. International Journal of Geomechanics 20(6): 04020046.

Rehman, Z.U., and Zhang, G., (2020). Cyclic Behavior of the Gravel-Steel Interface under Varying Rotational Shear Paths. Canadian Geotechnical Journal,

Rehman, Z.U., Zhang, G. (2019). Shear coupling effect of the monotonic and cyclic behavior of the interface between the steel and gravel. Canadian Geotechnical Journal, 56(6): 876-884

Ijaz, N., Dai, F., Rehman Z.U., (2020). Paper and wood industry waste as a sustainable solution for environmental vulnerabilities of expansive soil: a novel approach. Journal of Environmental Management. 262, 110285.

Ijaz, N., Dai F., Chao, M.L., Rehman Z.U., Qui, Z., (2020). Integrating lignosulphonate and hydrated lime for the amelioration of expansive soil: A sustainable waste solution. Journal of Cleaner Production. 254, 119985.

Haider, A., Rehman Z.U., (2021). Evaluation of seismicity of Karachi city in the context of modern building codes. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 14:65.

Khalid, U., Rehman, Z.U., Liao, C., Farooq, K., Mujtaba, H. (2019). Compressibility of Compacted Clays Mixed with a Wide Range of Bentonite for Engineered Barriers. Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering, 44(5), 5027–5042.

Mahmood, K., Rehman, Z.U., Farooq, K., Memon, S. A. (2016). One dimensional equivalent linear ground response analysis—a case study of collapsed Margalla Tower in Islamabad during 2005 Muzaffarabad Earthquake. Journal of Applied Geophysics, 130, 110-117.

Mahmood, K., Kim, J. M., Ashraf, M. Rehman, Z.U., (2016). The effect of soil type on matric suction and stability of unsaturated slope under uniform rainfall. KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering.

Mujtaba, H., Khalid, U., Farooq, K., Elahi, M., Rehman, Z.U., Shahzad, H. (2020). Sustainable utilization of powdered glass to improve mechanical behavior of fat clay. KSCE Journal of Civil Engineering,

Rehman, Z.U., Khalid, U., Farooq, K., Mujtaba, H., (2018). On yield stress of compacted clays. International Journal of Geo-Engineering, Springer Nature, (Korean Society of Geotechnical Engineering), 9(1), 21.

Rehman Z.U., Farooq, K., Mujtaba, H., Khalid, U., (2021). Unified Evaluation of Consolidation Parameters for Low to High Plastic Range of Cohesive Soils. Mehran University Research Journal of Engineering & Technology, 40(1). 93-103, DOI: 10.22581/muet1982.2101.09

Khalid, U., Rehman, Z.U., (2018). Evaluation of compaction parameters of fine-grained soils using standard and modified efforts. International Journal of Geo-Engineering, Springer Nature, (Korean Society of Geotechnical Engineering), 9(1), 15.

Ijaz, N., Dai, F., Rehman Z.U., (2020). Laboratory evaluation of curing period for stabilized expansive soil by a new paper/timber industry waste based cementing material. Earth and Environmental Science (EES), 442, 012008. doi: 10.1088/1755-1315/442/1/012008

Rehman Z.U., Khalid, U., Mahmood, K., (2019) Experimental evaluation of Mohr Coulomb Strength Parameter with Grain Size of Granular Soil. Technical Journal, University of Engineering and Technology Taxila, 24(03), 8-14.

Rehman, Z.U., Khalid, U., Farooq, K., Mujtaba, H. (2017). Prediction of CBR value from index properties of different soils. Technical Journal, University of Engineering and Technology Taxila, 22(2), 17-26.

Shoukat, S., Rehman, Z.U., Mahmood, K., Ashraf, M. (2015). Geotechnical Site Evaluation of Collapsed Margalla Tower in Islamabad due to October 2005 Muzzafarabad Earthquake. Technical Journal, University of Engineering and Technology Taxila, 20(3), 117.

Shehzad, A., Khan, A.H., Rehman, Z.U. (2015). Characteristics of low plastic clay contaminated by industrial effluents. International Journal of Advanced Structure and Geotechnical Engineering, 4, 138-147.

Academic Experience

Assistant Professor: University of Engineering & Techology Taxila (UET Taxila) (current)

Assistant Professor: National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) Islamabad (2020-2021) 

Teaching Assistant: Tsinghua University Beijing, China (2016-2020)

Lecturer: University of Sargodha (2015-2016)

Lecturer: COMSATS University Islamabad, Abbotabad campus (2014-2015)

Review Services

  • International Journal of Geomechanics

  • Canadian Geotechnical Journal

  • Geotechnique (ICE)

  • Ground Improvement (ICE)

  • Jurnal Kejuruteraan (Journal of Engineering) (ISSN:0128-0198)

  • Technical Journal, University of Engineering & Technology Taxila

Professional Engineer: Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC)

Member: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

  • Tsinghua University outstanding doctoral dissertation award-2020
  • Chinese Govt. Scholarship for Four years 2016-2020
  • Govt. Internal Merit Scholarship based on academic performance by Provincial Government of Punjab Pakistan (won four times 2007-2011)