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Publications

  • Cardoza, Ryan and Lalita Oka. 2019. Measuring the effect of grass roots on shear strength parameters of sandy soils. Presented at Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference, 19-21 April, in Pasadena, CA.

  • Oka, L., K. Stillmaker, C. Jones, A. Sadrinezhad and M. Nazari. 2019. Assessing the networking preferences and resource satisfaction among engineering faculty in the California State University system. In Proceedings of ASEE 126th Annual Conference and Exposition, --. Tampa, Florida: American Society for Engineering Education.

  • Oka, L. and K. Stillmaker. 2018. The role of female engineering faculty in female student success and belonging: A case study at California State University, Fresno. In Proceedings of the 1st Collaborative network for engineering and computing diversity- CoNECD Conference , ---. Crystal City, VA : ASEE.

  • Oka, L. and M.M. Dewoolkar. 2018. Influence of non-plastic fines on laboratory shear wave velocity measurements and cyclic strength of sands. In International Foundation Congress and Equipment Exposition (IFCEE 2018) , ---. Orlando, Florida: International Foundation Congress and Equipment Exposition.

  • Oka, L., M. Dewoolkar and S.M. Olson. 2018. Comparing laboratory-based liquefaction resistance of a sand with non-plastic fines with shear wave velocity-based field case histories. Soil Dynamics and earthquake Engineering 113: 162-173.

  • Anderson, I A, L.G. Oka, M.M. Dewoolkar, S. Limberg, A. Sevi and E. Schmeckpeper. 2015. Laboratory Performance of Pervious Concrete Subjected to Deicing Salts and Freeze-Thaw. Technical Report No. 15-006. UVM Transportation Research Center, Burlington, VT.

  • Oka, L. 2012. Assessment of the cyclic stress method for liquefaction potential evaluation. PhD diss., The University of Vermont.

  • Oka, L., M. Dewoolkar and S. Olson. 2012. Liquefaction assessment of cohesionless soils in the vicinity of large embankments. Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering 43: 33-44.

  • Hayden, N.J., D.M. Rizzo, M.M. Dewoolkar, L. Oka and M. Neumann. 2010. Incorporating systems thinking and sustainability within civil and environmental engineering curricula at UVM. ASEE Conference Proceedings .

  • Oka, L. and M.M. Dewoolkar. 2007. Effect of existing dams on liquefaction potential analysis of foundation soils. In Proceedings of GeoDenver 2007, 1 -10. Denver, CO: ASCE Special Publications.

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Educational Background

  • 2012 – Ph.D., University of Vermont (Civil and Environmental Engineering)

  • 2000 – M.E., University of Mumbai, India (Civil Engineering)

  • 1995 – B.E., University of Mumbai, India (Civil Engineering)

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Grants

  • Discover-e Tablet Initiative Grant

  • Cal-State Women Engineering Faculty Support Network

  • CSU STEM-NET Seed grant

  • Course Redesign with Technology (CRT) Grant

  • Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) Faculty

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Positions & Honors

  • 2016-Present – Faculty Advisor, California Geotechnical Engineering Association (CalGeo) , Fresno State Chapter, California State University, Fresno, CA

  • 2015 - Present – Faculty Advisor, American Public Works Association (APWA) Fresno State Chapter, California State University, Fresno, CA

  • 2014 - Present – Assistant Professor, California State University, Fresno, CA

  • 2014-2017 – Faculty Advisor, Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Fresno State Chapter, California State University, Fresno, CA

  • 2013-Present – Associate Member, American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE)

  • 2013-2014 – Adjunct Faculty, California State University, Fresno, CA

  • 2012- Present – Associate Member, United States Universities Council on Geotechnical Education and Research (USUCGER)

  • 2012-2013 – Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

  • 2011-2012 – Visiting Assistant Professor, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA

  • 2004 -2011 – PhD Candidate, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

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