Ashly Cabas Mijares

Assistant Professor


Ph.D. 2016

Civil Engineering

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

M.Sc. 2011

Civil Engineering

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

B.S. 2009

Civil Engineering

Universidad Católica Andrés Bello

Research Description

Dr. Cabas's research interests include the assessment of seismic hazards, performance-based design in geotechnical engineering, the prediction of the response of soils and foundation systems to seismic loading and dynamic soil-foundation-structure interaction. Her research focuses particularly on the advancement of the current understanding of the impact that local soil conditions have on ground motions, improving the assessment of site-specific seismic hazards, and elucidating the correlation between ground motion parameters and structural response and damage.

Honors and Awards

  • New Faces in the ASCE Geo-Institute, 2021
  • NC State Impact Scholar, 2021
  • NSF-Enabling the Next Generation of Hazards and Disaster Researchers Fellowship, 2019
  • NCSU Women and Minorities in Engineering Program Award, 2019
  • Outstanding Reviewer, ASCE Journal of Geotech. and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 2018
  • Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd), 2017
  • EERI Best Graduate Student Paper, 2014


Effects of Nonlinear Soil Behavior on Kappa (kappa): Observations from the KiK-Net Database
Ji, C., Cabas, A., Bonilla, L. F., & Gelis, C. (2021), BULLETIN OF THE SEISMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, 8.
Introduction to the Special Section on Advances in Site Response Estimation
Kaklamanos, J., Cabas, A., Parolai, S., & Gueguen, P. (2021, August), BULLETIN OF THE SEISMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, Vol. 8.
Turning Disaster into Knowledge: Geotechnical Aspects of the 2018 Mw 7.1 Anchorage Alaska Earthquake
Cabas, A., Beyzaei, C., Franke, K., Koehler, R., Pierce, I., Stuedlein, A., … Christie, S. (2020), ASCE Geotechnical Special Publication: Proceedings from ASCE GeoCongress. Presented at the ASCE GeoCongress 2020, Minneapolis, MN.
Within station variability in kappa: evidence of directionality effects
Ji, C., Cabas Mijares, A., Cotton, F., Pilz, M., & Bindi, D. (2020), Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 110(3), 1247–1259.
Assessment of Lateral Spreading Case Histories from Recent Seismic Events: Port-Au-Prince, Haiti 2010, and Christchurch, New Zealand 2011
Ingabire-Abayo, N., Cabas, A., & Montoya, B. (2019), In J. Ching, D. Li, & J. Zhang (Eds.), Proceedings from the 7th International Symposium on Geotechnical Safety and Risk. Taipei, Taiwan: Research Publishing.
Assessment of Lateral Spreading Estimations through the Lens of Centrifuge Modeling
Doostmohammadibueini, M., Cabas, A., & Montoya, B. (2019), Proceedings from ASCE GeoCongress 2019. Presented at the Eighth International Conference on Case Histories in Geotechnical Engineering, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Geotechnical Engineering Reconnaissance of the 30 November 2018 M7.0 Anchorage, Alaska Earthquake
Koehler, R. D., Franke, K. W., Beyzaei, C. Z., Cabas, A., Pierce, I., Stuedlein, A., & Yang, Z. (2019). , [GEER report Version 2.].
Ground motion selection using the conditional spectrum: insights for different tectonic environments
Chowdhury, I., Cabas, A., Kaklamanos, J., Kottke, A., & Greggor, N. (2019), In F. Silvestri & N. Morcai (Eds.), Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering for Protection and Development of Environment and Constructions: Proceedings of the VII ICEGE Seventh International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering (pp. 1803–1811). Rome, Italy: CRC Press.
Assessment of the Influence of the Elastic Halfspace on Site Response Estimations
Chowdhury, I. N., & Cabas, A. (2018). , . Presented at the 11th National Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Los Angeles, CA.
Investigation of the Dependence of Kappa Values on the Onset of Soil Nonlinearity as Captured by Shear Strain Index (PGV/Vs30)
Ji, C., & Cabas, A. (2018), Seismology of the Americas (joint conference of the Latin American and Caribbean Seismological Commission (LACSC) and the Seismological Society of America (SSA. Presented at the Seismology of the Americas (joint conference of the Latin American and Caribbean Seismological Commission (LACSC) and the Seismological Society of America (SSA), Florida.

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Improving the Assessment of Site-Specific Seismic Hazards Through the Lens of Novel Attenuation Models
US Dept. of Interior (DOI)(5/15/19 - 5/14/20)
Building a Stronger and Diverse Professional Network to Support the Growth of the Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering Research Group at North Carolina State University
National Science Foundation (NSF)(9/07/17 - 4/30/18)
Assessment of the Contribution of Input Motion Selection Procedures to Uncertainty in Ground Motion Intensity Measures
US Geological Survey (USGS)(1/01/18 - 12/31/18)