Associate Professor Rolando P Orense



  • Associate Professor
  • Associate Dean Postgraduate (2014-2017)

Rolando P. Orense has extensive professional experience, both as an educator/researcher and as practicing engineer/consultant in the field of geotechnical engineering, particularly geotechnical earthquake engineering and ground disaster mitigation engineering.

He received his BSCE (cum laude) and MSCE degrees from the University of the Philippines and Doctor of Engineering degree from the University of Tokyo (Japan). Before joining the University of Auckland, he also served as instructor at the University of the Philippines and as associate professor at the University of Tokyo and Yamaguchi University (Japan). Moreover, while working with top-notched geotechnical consulting firms in Tokyo and Manila, he had worked on a variety of soil engineering projects in Japan, Singapore and the Philippines.

He is a registered professional engineer in the Philippines and in Oregon (United States). He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Engineering New Zealand (EngNZ).


1992 Dr. Eng Geotechnical Engineering, University of Tokyo (Japan)
1989 MS Civil Engineering, University of the Philippines
1984 BS Civil Engineering (cum laude), University of the Philippines

Research | Current

  • Geotechnical earthquake engineering / soil dynamics
  • Soil liquefaction and ground remediation techniques
  • Slope movements and landslide risk mitigation
  • Site and soil characterisation

Research groups

  • University of Auckland Geomechanics Research Group
  • University of Auckland Centre for Earthquake Engineering Research
  • TC-105 (Geomechanics from Micro to Macro) of the International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE)
  • ATC-3 (Geotechnology for Natural Hazards) of the Asian Regional Committee, ISSMGE

Teaching | Current

  • CIVIL 722 - Slope Engineering
  • CIVIL 725 - Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering
  • CIVIL 741 - Ground Improvement
  • CIVIL 756 - Capstone Project

Postgraduate supervision

PhD students:

  • Milad Naghibi
  • Gislaine Pardo Tobar
  • Xiaoyu Chen
  • Omer Altaf
  • Yuri Wong
  • Baqer Asadi
  • Sam Bahmani
  • David Edkins

ME students:

  • Julia Sit
  • Zhengfa Huang
  • Avantio Pramaditya


  • Technical Development Award, Japanese Geotechnical Society (2015)
  • Best Poster Paper Award, 11th ANZ Conference on Geomechanics (2012)
  • Special Award, University of Auckland (2011)
  • Best Teacher Award, Yamaguchi University (2007)
  • Business Plan Award, Japanese Geotechnical Society (2005)
  • Engineering Award, Kisojiban Consultants Co. Ltd. (1997)
  • Best Research Paper Award, Japanese Geotechnical Society (1997)



  • Leader, Geomechanics Programme
  • Manager, Geomechanics Laboratory
  • Deputy Leader, QuakeCoRE FP-2

Areas of expertise

  • Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Foundation Engineering

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Professional affiliations

  • International Association for Engineering Geology (since 2009)
  • New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering (since 2008)
  • New Zealand Geotechnical Society (since 2008)
    • Member of Management Committee (2017 - )
  • Japan Society of Civil Engineers (since 2000)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (since 2000)
  • International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (since 1996)
  • Japanese Geotechnical Society (since 1990)

Editorial Board Membership

  • Geotechnical Research (ICE)
  • Soils and Foundations (2014-2017)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Bhattacharya, S., Orense, R. P., & Lombardi, D. (2019). Seismic design of foundations: Concepts and applications. London, U.K.: ICE Publishing. Pages: 468.
  • Asadi, M. S., Asadi, M. B., Orense, R. P., & Pender, M. J. (2018). Undrained Cyclic Behavior of Reconstituted Natural Pumiceous Sands. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, 144 (8), 04018045-04018045. 10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0001912
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michael Pender, Baqer Asadi
  • Pardo, G. S., Orense, R. P., & Sarmah, A. K. (2018). Cyclic strength of sand mixed with biochar: Some preliminary results. Soils and Foundations, 58 (1), 241-247. 10.1016/j.sandf.2017.11.004
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ajit Sarmah
  • Stringer, M. E., Orense, R. P., Pender, M. J., & Haycock, I. (2018). Undisturbed Sampling of Pumiceous Deposits in New Zealand. Geotechnical Special Publication. 10.1061/9780784481486.041
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Michael Pender
  • Mirjafari, S. Y., Orense, R. P., & Suemasa, N. (2018). Determination of Shear Strength Parameters Using Screw Driving Sounding (SDS). Geotechnical Special Publication. 10.1061/9780784481486.043
  • Asadi, M. B., Asadi, M. S., Orense, R. P., & Pender, M. J. (2018). Effects of Confining Pressure and Void Ratio on the Maximum Shear Modulus of Natural Pumiceous Soils. Geotechnical Special Publication. 10.1061/9780784481486.025
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Baqer Asadi, Michael Pender
  • Zhang, Z., & Orense, R. P. (2017). Mitigation of damages to residential buildings caused by liquefaction-induced settlement. 19th International Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ICSMGE) 2017, 1635-1638. Seoul, South Korea. Related URL.
  • Asadi, M. S., Asadi, M. B., Orense, R. P., Pender, M., & Jacobs, E. (2017). Undrained cyclic and post-liquefaction behaviour of natural pumiceous soils. Paper presented at 3rd International Conference on Performance-based Design in Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering (PBD-III), Vancouver, BC, Canada. 16 July - 19 July 2017. (pp. 7).
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Baqer Asadi, Michael Pender


Contact details

Alternative contact

Tel: 09-373-7599 Ext. 88437

DDI: 09-923-8437

Primary office location

Level 11, Room 1103
New Zealand

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