|B.Sc.||1985||Hebrew University of Jerusalem||Dept. of Geology|
|M.Sc.||1988||Hebrew University of Jerusalem||Dept. of Geology|
|M.S.||1990||University of California, Berkeley|
Dept. of Civil Engineering
|Ph.D.||1992||University of California, Berkeley|
Advisor: Prof. R. E. Goodman
|Dept. of Civil Engineering|
Geological engineering and rock mechanics
Mechanical behavior of intact rock and rock discontinuities
Block theory and Discontinuous Deformation Analysis (DDA)
Stability of rock slopes and underground openings
MAJOR PROFESSIONAL FUNCTIONSAssociate Editor (since 2020): Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering
Chair (2013-2017), Dept. of Geological and Environmental Sciences, BGU
Co-President (2011-2019): ISRM DDA Commission
Editorial Board (since 2009): Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering
Editorial Board (since 2005): International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences
Founding President (2001-2014): Israel Rock Mechanics Association (ISRM-NG)
President (2004-5): Geological Society of Israel
AWARDS AND HONORS
2016 - BGU Rector Award for Excellence in Teaching.
2012 - Visiting Professorship for senior international scientists, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
2011 - Dean of BGU Natural Sciences Faculty Award for Excellence in Research.
2011 - American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA) Applied Rock Mechanics Award.
2011 - BGU Rector Award for Excellence in Teaching.
2010 - Dean of BGU Natural Sciences Faculty Citation for Excellence in Teaching.
2007 - Appointed as the Dr. Sam and Edna Lemkin Chair in Rock Mechanics by BGU Senate.
2006 - Dean of BGU Natural Sciences Faculty Citation for Excellence in Teaching.
2003 - Shamshar Prakash Foundation Award for Excellence in the Practice: for Significant Contribution to Geotechnical Engineering.
2000 - Israel Mineral Science and Engineering Association award: for innovative research in geological engineering and for promoting geological engineering in Israel.
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, P.O.B.653 ,Beer-Sheva, 84105, ISRAEL