Peter Hubbard

Peter Hubbard

PhD Student
Office: 431 Davis Hall

Peter is a second year PhD student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at UC Berkeley and a member of the Soga Research Group. In his first year at Berkeley, Peter was the Graduate Student Instructor for Geosystems Engineering Design (CE 179) and Advanced Geotechnical Testing and Design (CE 273). CE 273 is the capstone course for students earning their MS in GeoSystems. In this role, Peter assisted Professor Michael Riemer instruct in the areas of in-situ testing, sampling, laboratory methods, numerical analysis and geotechnical design for the construction of a marina in Novato, CA.

Peter was given the Tor L. Brekke award for his contributions to the graduate student community in 2018-2019. He was also awarded the Jane Lewis Fellowship for the 2019-2020 academic year. He is currently researching monitoring technologies for geotechnical engineering applications including pipelines, tunnels and retaining walls. Peter is pursuing minors in electrical and systems engineering.

Prior to coming to Berkeley, Peter completed his bachelor’s (2017) and master’s (2018) degrees at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. At UNCC Peter researched numerical analysis of laterally loaded piles, remote sensing in archaeology and non-invasive geotechnical exploration methods.

In his free time, Peter enjoys hiking and snowboarding throughout the western US.

Research Interests:

  • Monitoring of geotechnical engineering infrastructure including tunnels, buried pipelines and retaining walls
  • Distributed Fiber Optic Sensing including DAS, DTS and DSS
  • Signal processing and data analysis algorithms

2019 Research Activities:

Peter, Jinho Park and Hayato Nonaka instrumenting a ground anchor prior to installation for CalTrans in Los Angeles, CA

Instrumented ground anchor installation at the I-405/110 interchange in Los Angeles, CA

Kenichi Soga, Jianping Hu, Peter, Craig Davis and Nagamuthu Kuganenthira at a portal to the Elizabeth Tunnel during a feasibility study for DFOS monitoring

Peter in the Elizabeth Tunnel at the intersection with the San Andreas Fault