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 provided
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
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.
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
“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.”
Water For The
Geology 3600 CSET Preparation
Last modified: November 19, 2002
Department of Physics, Physical Sciences, and Geology
California State University, Stanislaus
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