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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.
University of California, Davis
University of California, Davis
California Polytechnic State University
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
- Montoya, B. M. (2018), Environmental Geotechnics, 5(2), 67–68. https://doi.org/10.1680/jenge.2018.5.2.67
- 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). https://doi.org/10.1061/(asce)gt.1943-5606.0001861
- 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compgeo.2016.12.028
- Quantifying level of microbial-induced cementation for cyclically loaded sand
- Feng, K., & Montoya, B. M. (2017), Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 143(6). https://doi.org/10.1061/(asce)gt.1943-5606.0001682
- 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). https://doi.org/10.1061/(asce)gt.1943-5606.0001379
- 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).
- 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)