Brina Montoya

Assistant Professor

Brina Mortensen Montoya is an Assistant Professor in the Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering department at North Carolina State University. She received her doctoral degree from the University of California, Davis in 2012. Before beginning her graduate studies, she worked as a geotechnical consulting engineer in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she performed field and laboratory investigations and developed foundation designs and construction recommendations for residential, commercial, and governmental development projects. Brina Montoya is a licensed engineer in the state of California.

Education

Ph.D. 2012

Civil Engineering

University of California, Davis

M.S. 2008

Civil Engineering

University of California, Davis

B.S. 2003

Civil Engineering

California Polytechnic State University

Research Description

Dr. Montoya's research interests involve developing bio-mediated stabilization approaches to improve the sustainability and resiliency of infrastructure. Applications of microbial induced carbonate precipitation (MICP) on which she has focused include infrastructure subjected to natural hazards, such as earthquake-induced liquefaction and coastal/offshore erosion, and mitigating storage-related hazards of energy-related wastes. Specifically, her research program has focused on elucidating the performance of MICP cemented geomaterials, including: 1) shear response and volumetric behavior, 2) erosion behavior, and 3) physico-chemical influences of MICP.

Honors and Awards

  • Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award, ASCE, 2016
  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER), NSF, 2016
  • Kimbly-Horn Faculty Award, 2015
  • T. K. Hsieh Award, Institution of Civil Engineers, 2014

Publications

Editorial
Montoya, B. M. (2018), Environmental Geotechnics, 5(2), 67–68.
Effect of microbial induced calcium carbonate precipitation on compressibility and hydraulic conductivity of fly ash
Safavizadeh, S., Montoya, B. M., & Gabr, M. A. (2018), In Ifcee 2018: innovations in ground improvement for soils, pavements, and subgrades (pp. 69–79).
Effect of microbial induced carbonate precipitation on the stability of mine tailings
Zamani, A., Liu, Q. W., & Montoya, B. M. (2018), In Ifcee 2018: case histories and lessons learned (pp. 291–300).
Erodibility of microbial induced carbonate precipitation-stabilized sand under submerged impinging jet
Montoya, B. M., Do, J., & Gabr, M. M. (2018), In Ifcee 2018: innovations in ground improvement for soils, pavements, and subgrades (pp. 19–28).
Undrained monotonic shear response of MICP-treated silty sands
Zamani, A., & Montoya, B. M. (2018), Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 144(6).
A new framework for identifying cementation level of MICP-treated sands
Nafisi, A., & Montoya, B. M. (2018), In Ifcee 2018: innovations in ground improvement for soils, pavements, and subgrades (pp. 37–47).
Discrete element method simulations of bio-cemented sands
Feng, K., Montoya, B. M., & Evans, T. M. (2017), Computers and Geotechnics, 85, 139–150.
Quantifying level of microbial-induced cementation for cyclically loaded sand
Feng, K., & Montoya, B. M. (2017), Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 143(6).
Influence of confinement and cementation level on the behavior of microbial-induced calcite precipitated sands under monotonic drained loading
Feng, K., & Montoya, B. M. (2016), Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 142(1).
The use of microbial induced calcite precipitation to reduce trace element leaching from fly ash
Montoya, B. M., Safavizadeh, S., & Meredith, A. (2016), In Geo-chicago 2016: sustainable geoenvironmental systems (pp. 989–997).

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Grants

NSF REU Site: Basic and Environmental Soil Science Training (BESST)
National Science Foundation (NSF)(5/15/18 - 4/30/21)
Reducing Erosion Susceptibility of Coastal Highways using Biologically-Based Methods
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/17 - 7/31/19)
Establishment of Remote-Sensing Based Monitoring Program for Performance Limit State Assessment of the Sacramento Delta Levees
US Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS)(1/01/16 - 6/30/19)
CAREER: Stabilization of Mining and Energy Related Byproducts using Bio-Mediated Soil Improvement
National Science Foundation (NSF)(5/15/16 - 4/30/21)
Collaborative Research: Development and Calibration of Particulate Models for the Robust Forward Prediction of Bio-Cemented Soil Behavior
National Science Foundation (NSF)(7/15/15 - 6/30/19)
The Use of Bio-Cementation to Provide Coal Fly Ash Pond Stability
Electric Power Research Institute, Inc.(4/17/15 - 6/30/17)
Re-Appraisal of the Specification for Aggregate Base Course (ABC)
NC Department of Transportation(8/01/15 - 12/31/17)
The Use of Bio-cementation to Provide Coal Fly Ash Pond Stability
NCSU Faculty Research & Professional Development Fund(8/15/14 - 5/15/15)
REU Site: Basic and Environmental Soil Science Training (BESST)
National Science Foundation (NSF)(5/01/14 - 4/30/19)
BRIGE: Improving Resiliency of Coastal Systems using Bio-Mediated Soil Improvement & Promoting Women in Engineering
National Science Foundation (NSF)(1/01/14 - 12/31/17)