Dr. Zapata was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Arizona State University in August 2006. She received her Ph.D. degree in Geo-Environmental Engineering from ASU in 1999. Dr. Zapata's research primary interest is in the area of unsaturated soil behavior. She has focused on fluid flow and volume change modeling for expansive soils, with applications related to the behavior of pavement subgrades and slabs-on-grade foundation design. At ASU, Dr. Zapata has been actively involved in the development of the new mechanistic-empirical guide for Design of New and Rehabilitated Pavement Structures, in the assessment of pavement performance due to environmental factors and in the study of fluid flow and volume change properties of expansive soils under slabs on grade residential foundations.
geotechnical engineering; environmental effects in pavement design; urban infrastructure; durability of building materials; materials development
Ph.D., Geo-environmental Engineering, Arizona State University, 1999
M.S.E., Geotechnical Engineering, Arizona State University, 1995
B.S., Civil Engineering, Universidad Nacional Manizales Columbia, 1988