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Civil Engineering

Dunja Perić | Associate Professor

Photo of Dunja PericPh.D.- University of Colorado, Boulder
Civil Engineering
M.S. - University of Colorado, Boulder
Civil Engineering
Dipl.-Ing. - University of Zagreb
Civil Engineering

Contact Information

2128 Fiedler Hall

Professional Experience

Dunja Perić received a Diplom-Ingenieur in Civil Cngineering from the University of Zagreb. She then worked at the Civil Engineering Institute in Zagreb for four years. Subsequently, she started her graduate studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she received a master's and doctorate in civil engineering. She also completed her post- doctoral work at the University of Colorado at Boulder, after which she joined the department of civil engineering at the University of Colorado at Denver. In 1998, she received the NSF POWRE award. She spent the 1998-1999 academic year as a visiting professor at Northwestern University, where she conducted research at their state-of-the-art geotechnical laboratories.  In 2001, she joined the department of civil engineering at Kansas State University where she served as CE graduate program director from 2011 until 2014. 


Perić’s research has focused primarily on strain localization in pressure sensitive materials ranging from monophasic soils, saturated soils, and most recently variably saturated soils and fiber reinforced cementitious composites. With her collaborators, Perić has developed solutions for the inception of strain localization in these materials along with the analytical solutions for a three-invariant Cam clay model. Furthermore, Perić continues to work on experimental investigation of strain localization in clayey soils.  In addition, Perić’s research includes computational modeling of soil structure interaction in environmentally sensitive structures such as integral bridges and thermally active geotechnical systems (energy foundations). The computational models generated by Perić’s research group were successfully validated and verified either against other independent computational models or against the experimental data collected from full-scale field tests. Perić’s research group has also worked on experimental evaluation of feasibility of use of plant derived materials, including bio-fuel co-products, for stabilization of sandy and silty soils. 

Academic Highlights

Perić published several papers in the International Journal of Plasticity (IJP), whose current five-year impact factor is 6.111. According to the Web of Science, IJP has consistently been ranked among the top three journals in mechanical engineering over the past 16 years. Perić’s highest cited paper, which has received 124 citations (SCOPUS) to date, was published in IJP. In addition, Perić’s research has been published in Computers and Geotechnics, Engineering Structures, International Journal of Solids and Structures, International Journal of Analytical and Numerical Methods in Geomechanics, ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, ASCE Journal of Engineering Mechanics, and Science and Engineering of Composite Materials.

Perić’s work has received national and international recognition, including the National Science Foundation POWRE award and an American Association for Advancement of Science award. A title of Visiting Fellow has been conferred upon Perić several times during her visits to the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, where she has been involved in the international research collaboration with their School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Perić has also been listed four times in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. At K-state, she received Making Difference at K-state award as well as a number of CE awards including the Outstanding University and Professional Service Award, Outstanding ASCE Advisor Award, Teaching Award, and Outstanding Colleague Award. Perić has served the geotechnical engineering community as a past associate editor of the ASCE Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering. Currently, Perić serves as a member of ASCE Geo-Institute Unsaturated Soils Committee. Most recently Peric` has been named Visiting Associate Professor at University of Colorado at Boulder, CO.