Alexandra Wayllace

Teaching Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

alexandra-wayllace Alexandra WayllaceMy general research interest is to advance the understanding of the behavior of saturated and unsaturated soils, particularly focusing on their hydrological and mechanical properties. I have worked with the CSM/USGS research group in problems related to fluid flow through variably saturated porous media, shear strength in saturated and unsaturated soils, and infiltration-induced slope instability analysis. Courses taught: Mechanics of Materials, Soil Mechanics, Soil Mechanics Laboratory, Foundation Design, Soil Behavior, help teaching Civil Engineering Field Session.


Chauvenet Hall 160



  • PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO
  • MS, Systems Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO
  • BS, Engineering, Civil Specialty, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO

Selected Publications

  • Hinds, E., Lu, N., Mirus, B., Godt,J.W., and Wayllace, A. Evaluation of techniques for mitigating snowmelt infiltration landsliding in a highway embankment. Engineering Geology, DOI, 2021.

  • Wayllace, A., Thunder, B., Lu, N., Khan, A., & Godt, J. W. Hydrological Behavior of an Infiltration-Induced Landslide in Colorado, USA. Geofluids, 2019.

  • Chen, P., Lu, N., Formetta, G., Godt, J., Wayllace, A. “Assessing tropical storm induced landslide potential by using combined field monitoring and numerical modeling.” Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Volume 144 (11), 2018.

  • Lu N., Alsherif, N., Wayllace, A., Godt, J. “Closing the loop of the Soil Water Retention Curve” Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering., 141 (1), 02814001, 2014. (Technical Breakthrough Abstract).

  • Wayllace, A., Lu, N. “A Transient Water Release and Imbibitions Method for Rapidly Measuring Wetting and Drying Soil Water Retention and Hydraulic Conductivity Functions,” Geotechnical Testing Journal, Vol. 35, No 1, 2012.