Dr. Beena Ajmera, PE

Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Office: CIE 201Q
Telephone: (701) 231-5619
Email: beena.ajmera@ndsu.edu
Personal Webpage: https://www.ndsu.edu/faculty/ajmera/


  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with focus in Geotechnical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
  • M.S. in Civil Engineering with emphasis in Geotechnical Engineering, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA
  • B.S.  in Civil Engineering with Honors, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA
  • B.A. in Applied Mathematics with Honors, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA

Interests Areas

  • Geotechnical earthquake engineering
  • Static and dynamic behavior of soils and rocks
  • Static and dynamic laboratory soil testing
  • Fundamental behavior of geomaterials from mineralogical and chemical analyses
  • Use of recycled materials in soil modification
  • Ground improvement techniques
  • Soil and rock slope stability

Professional Experience

Prior to joining North Dakota State University in August 2018, Dr. Beena Ajmera was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) where she started upon the completion of her Ph.D. in August 2015. At CSUF, she conducted research related to several different areas of geotechnical engineering and taught soil mechanics, surveying, engineering mathematics, geotechnical earthquake engineering, soil and site improvement and advanced soil testing courses. Dr. Ajmera was also a Lecturer (2015-2018) and Teaching Fellow (2014) for the Engineering Innovations summer program for high school students for Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. She is a member of the Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics Committee and co-advisor to the Student Leadership Council of the ASCE Geo-Institute. Dr. Ajmera is also a Councilor in the Engineering Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research and serves as their representative for the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) Oversight Committee. She also serves as an editor of the journal Landslides. She is registered as a Professional Engineer (license no. C90144) in the State of California.


Dr. Ajmera’s primary research interests lie in geotechnical earthquake engineering/soil dynamics, static and dynamic behavior of soils and rocks, static and dynamic laboratory soil testing, fundamental behavior of geomaterials from mineralogical and chemical analyses, use of recycled materials in soil modification, ground improvement techniques, and soil and rock slope stability.

Academic Highlights

Dr. Ajmera has co-authored 5 invited book chapters, 14 published or under review journal articles, 20 geotechnical special publications, and 27 peer-reviewed conference proceedings at national and international conferences. Her publications have been awarded the Best Paper Award at GeoShanghai 2018 and at Dam Safety 2014 by the Association of State Dam Safety Officials. She has also received several national and international awards for her research including, among others, the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the U.S. Society of Dams Scholarship, and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship twice. Dr. Ajmera has been delivered 12 invited presentations at several events including the 2015 Annual Meeting of the United States Society of Dams and the January 2018 Dinner Meeting of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Geo-Institute. In the past three years, she has supervised over 35 undergraduate and graduate students on various research projects in the past three years and provided research experiences to over 50 community college, high school and visiting international undergraduate students.

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