Kenichi Soga

Donald H. McLaughlin Chair in Mineral Engineering
Chancellor's Professor
GeoSystems, Systems

Office Hours:

  • Monday, 5.00-6.00pm
  • Friday, 12.00-1.00pm


Kenichi Soga is the Donald H. McLaughlin Professor in Mineral Engineering and a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the director of the Berkeley Center for Smart Infrastructure and is a faculty scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is Special Advisor to the College of Engineering Dean for Resilient and Sustainable Systems. 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 450 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, performance based design and maintenance of infrastructure, energy geotechnics, and geomechanics. He was elected into the National Academy of Engineering and is a Fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Engineering Academy of Japan. He is the recipient of several awards including George Stephenson Medal and Telford Gold Medal from ICE and Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize from ASCE. He is the chair of Technical Committee TC105 "Geotechnics from Micro to Macro" of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering and of ASCE Infrastructure Resilience Division’s Emerging Technologies Committee. He received a UCB Bakar Prize for his work on commercialization of smart infrastructure technologies.

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1994 - Ph.D. University of California-Berkeley, USA         

1989 - M.Eng. Kyoto University, Japan

1987 - B.Eng. Kyoto University, Japan