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Horacio Ferriz

Ferriz Dr. Ferriz leads our Applied Geology concentration and our outreach efforts. He has more than 20 years of professional geologic, geotechnical, hydrogeologic, and environmental experience. Over this time period he has worked as geologic problem-solver in projects throughout the world involving water supply, civil works design, environmental engineering, solid waste management, geothermal exploration, and mineral exploration.

As an active professional engineering geologist, Dr. Ferriz has supervised geotechnical investigations, groundwater investigations, and geophysical surveys for projects in a variety of geologic settings. He is well versed in analytical and numerical hydrology and groundwater flow models, contaminant fate and transport models, geotechnical models, seismic analysis, slope stability, and dynamic deformation analysis. He is the Principal of HF Geologic Engineering, an international consulting firm, and the author of over 15 research papers dealing with the geology of Mexico and California, landfill engineering, stability analysis, and development and management of water resources.

A graduate of the prestigious School of Engineering of Mexico’s National University, and of Stanford University, Dr. Ferriz is a certified Geologic Engineer in Mexico and the United States, and in this capacity has providedFerriz support to several international projects. He is the Director of Water for the World, an educational project of California State University that has the stated goal of promoting capacity-building in the areas of development, management, and utilization of water resources. In this capacity, Dr. Ferriz first went to Ethiopia as part of a humanitarian effort to help fight poverty, and has since fell in love with the country and its people. He is an advisor to the Dams Review Team of this country, and tries to get there every other year to teach seminars on groundwater exploration, river engineering, and engineering geology applied to reservoir design and dam construction. Water for the World is also involved in development of new water resources for the city of Guadalajara, in western Mexico, so Dr. Ferriz and his students have an excuse to go do field work in one of the most beautiful areas of the world!

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

2002    Ferriz, H., Bizuneh, G., Development and management of water resources: Proceedings of Ethioforum 2002 - A conference on alleviation of poverty in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa.

2001    Ferriz, H., Anderson, R., (eds.), Engineering Geology Practice in Northern California: Association of Engineering Geologists Special Publication 12 and California Division of Mines and Geology Bulletin 210.

2001    Ferriz, H., Groundwater resources of Northern California - An overview: in Ferriz, H., Anderson, R., (eds.), Engineering Geology Practice in Northern California: Association of Engineering Geologists Special Publication 12 and California Division of Mines and Geology Bulletin 210.

2001    Ferriz, H., Hydrogeologic studies for landfill sites in fractured bedrock terrains: Proceedings of the Fractured Rock 2001 conference, Toronto, Canada, March 26 to 28, 2001, p. 125-132.
 

COURSES TAUGHT

GEOL 2100 Principles of Geology
GEOL 3500 Earthquakes and Volcanoes
GEOL 3810 Hydrogeology
GEOL 4350 Geophysical Exploration
GEOL 4400 Applied Geology
GEOL 4810 Development and Management of Water Resources

Ferriz OTHER INTERESTS

“I am a hyperactive adult, so I have many interests. Some of my favorite activities are walking my dogs (I have a Golden Retriever and a killer Wiener dog), reading, traveling, and mesmerizing those around me to help me with my latest crazy project. I am an amateur actor and director, and have my own theater! I have also decided that I have to learn how to sing (my goal is to take the lead roles in Fiddler on the Roof, Man of La Mancha, and My Fair Lady), and am always on the prowl for someone that can play the keyboard.”

OTHER LINKS


Water For The World

Geology 3600 CSET Preparation 

Last modified: November 19, 2002

   


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