Kuo Tian, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Geotechnical Engineering
Telephone: (703) 993-1513
Email: ktian@gmu.edu 
4461 Rockfish Creek Ln., Krasnow Institute, Suite 116
Tian’s Research Group Website

Faculty Profile:

Kuo Tian is an assistant professor of geotechnical engineering. He joined the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering in the Volgenau School at George Mason University in 2017. Dr. Tian’s research in geoenvironmental engineering fits into two classes: design and evaluate environmental containment systems for municipal, hazardous, and radioactive wastes; and create and investigate innovative geomaterials for sustainable construction applications. His research includes fundamental laboratory studies, practical field experiments, and development of computer models.


  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012
  • B.E., Civil Engineering, Huazhong University of Sci. & Tech., China, 2010


  • Soil mechanics
  • Advanced foundation design

Research Interests:

  • Geoenvironmental Engineering
  • Geosynthetic Clay Liners
  • Clay-Polymer Composites
  • Coal Combustion Products
  • Geomembrane

Selected Publications:

Tian, K., Benson, C., and Likos, W. (2016). Hydraulic Conductivity of Geosynthetic Clay Liners to Low-Level Radioactive Waste Leachate, J. Geotech. and Geoenvironmental Eng., 142(8), 04016037, 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0001495.

Tian, K., Benson, C., Tinjum, J., and Edil, T. (2017). Antioxidant depletion and service life prediction for HDPE geomembranes exposed to low-level radioactive waste leachate. J. Geotech. and Geoenvironmental Eng., 143(6), 04017011, 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0001643. (Editor’s Choice).

Tian, K., Benson, C., and Tinjum, J. (2017). Chemical characteristics of leachate in low-level radioactive waste disposal facilities. J. Hazard., Toxic, and Radioact., Waste, ASCE, 21(4), 10.1061/(ASCE)HZ.2153-5515.0000361. (Editor’s Choice).

Setz, M., Tian, K., Benson, C, and Bradshaw, S. (2017). Effect of ammonia concentration on hydraulic conductivity of a conventional geosynthetic clay liner. Geotextiles and Geomembranes10.1016/j.geotexmem.2017.08.008.