Associate Professor

Dr. Ghazanfari specializes in geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering and has over 15 years of experience as a researcher, consultant and educator. His research encompasses a mix of theoretical and applied research, using both experimental and analytical techniques, and employs state-of-the-art instruments and innovative methods. Dr. Ghazanfari's research at UVM focuses on (1) geomechanical and geoenvironmental aspects of geoenergy systems (e.g. shallow and deep geothermal systems, shale energy, geological CO2 storage, electrically enhanced oil recovery and non-isothermal unsaturated flow) and (2) geotechnical engineering (e.g. sensors and sensing in subsurface and intelligent compaction of geo-materials, physical and mechanical characterization of extraterrestrial (e.g. Martian, Lunar) regolith). He is UVM's Sustainability Fellow, and the Fellow of Gund Institute for Environment. Since joining UVM in 2013, Dr. Ghazanfari has worked with 6 graduate and over 10 undergraduate students. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering.


Kamali-Asl, A., Ghazanfari, E., Perdrial, N., Bredice, N. (2018). "Experimental Study of Fracture Response in Granite Specimens Subjected to Hydrothermal Conditions Relevant for Enhanced Geothermal Systems". Journal of Geothermics 72 (2018) 205–224.

Kamali-Asl, A., Ghazanfari, E., Newell, P., Stevens, M. (2018). "Elastic, Viscoelastic, and Strength Properties of Marcellus Shale Specimens". Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 171 (2018) 662-679

Peraki, M., Ghazanfari, E., Pinder, G.F. (2018). "Numerical Investigation of Two-phase Immiscible Flow for Oil Production Using a Combination of Waterflooding and Electrically-Enhanced Oil Recovery". Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology, Vol. 8, Issue 4, pp 1505–1518

Villamor, R., Ghazanfari, E., Asanza, E. (2016) "Geomechanical Characterization of Marcellus Shale". Journal of Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, Vol. 49, Issue 9, pp 3403–3424

Caulk, R., Ghazanfari, E., McCartnery, J. (2016). "Parameterization of a Calibrated Geothermal Energy Pile Model". Journal of Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment, 5 (2016) 1-15

Ghazanfari, E., Pamukcu, S., Pervizpour, M., Karpyn, Z. (2014). "Investigation of Generalized Relative Permeability Coefficients for Electrically Assisted Oil Recovery in Oil Formations". Journal of Transport in Porous Media, Vol. 105, Issue 1, pp 235-253

Ghazanfari, E., Pamukcu, S., Yoon, S., Suleiman, M.T., Cheng, L. (2012). "Geotechnical Sensing Using Electromagnetic Attenuation Between Radio Transceivers", Journal of Smart Materials and Structures, 21 (2012) 125017

Areas of Expertise and/or Research


  • Geotechnical & Geoenvironmental
  • Sustainability & Energy
  • Infrastructure Systems


  • Transportation
  • Environmental


  • Ph.D., Lehigh University


  • (802) 656-1770
Office Location:

213B Votey

  1. Ehsan's Website

Courses Taught

  • CE 180 - Geotechnical Principles
  • CE 285 - Geo-energy Systems
  • CE 395 - Environmental Geotechnics