Congratulations, Ezra!

Dr. Ezra Yoanes Setiasabda (Tjung) has recently graduated from our group with a Ph.D. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. His dissertation, entitled “Material Point Method for Large Deformation Modeling in Geomechanics Using Isoparametric Elements”, is supervised by Prof. Kenichi Soga, focuses on pushing the material point method (MPM) capability to handle a large-scale natural disaster simulation with arbitrary boundary shape.

Ezra came to Berkeley as an MS student in GeoSystems Engineering in 2015 and started his Ph.D. in 2016 right after earning his MS degree. He previously obtained his Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in 2014 from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Throughout his Ph.D., Ezra has worked on developing the MPM code in CB-Geo for applications of 3D debris flow and dam failure. His research has also contributed to the development of constitutive models and the usage of isoparametric elements in the MPM, along with many other industrial applications of the MPM within the geotechnical and petroleum engineering field. Ezra was also an active member of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), Graduate Assembly (GA), and the GeoEngineering Graduate Student Association in Berkeley. 

Our warmest congratulations once again to Dr. Tjung on making it to the end and achieving his Ph.D. degree.