Dr Kim de Graaf
Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering
Qualifications: BSc (Hons 1) PhD CPEng
Kim graduated from the University of Canterbury with an Honours degree in Mathematics and Statistics before returning later to complete a PhD in Civil Engineering (Thesis: Numerical modelling of the micromechanical behaviour of catastrophic long run-out rock avalanches). Kim spent 8 years practicing as a geotechnical engineer before taking the opportunity to join the University of Waikato. She has worked on a number of large infrastructure and smaller residential and commercial projects, particularly focused on liquefaction, soil-structure-interaction and earthworks.
Kim is a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) and is a member of the Resilience, Infrastructure and Sustainable Construction (WaiRISC) Research Group at the University of Waikato. She is also a branch coordinator for the Bay of Plenty NZ Geotechnical Society. Kim works at both the Hamilton and Tauranga campuses and continues to consult in industry.
Kim's main research interests are:
- Characterisation of behaviour of unusual soils in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty
- Pumiceous silts and sands
- Diatomaceous silts
- Ash layers (clayey silts, silty clays and clays)
- Indigenous engineering and the application of Mātauranga Māori to geotechnical engineering
- Validation of construction of ground improvement
Contact DetailsEmail: [email protected]
Phone: ext 5343