2016 Peter A. Cundall Award Recipients


Itasca is pleased to congratulate Dr. Pinnaduwa Kulatilake and Mr. Xu-xu Yang of the University of Arizona and China University of Mining and Technology, respectively, for their paper entitled "PFC3D Modeling of a Jointed Rock Block Behavior near an Underground Excavation and Comparison with Physical Model Test Results," which they submitted to the 4th Itasca Symposium on Applied Numerical Modeling being held next year in Lima, Peru.

Their paper has been selected as the winner of the 2016 Peter A. Cundall Award, which will be presented at the symposium banquet March 7 in Lima. Dr. Kulatilake will present their work at a keynote lecture during the symposium.

Dr. Kulatilake is a professor of geological engineering and Director of Rock Mass Modeling and Computational Rock Mechanics Laboratories at the University of Arizona. He is a registered Professional Civil Engineer in California. He has over 38 years of experience in rock mechanics and rock engineering associated with mining, civil and petroleum engineering, geotechnical engineering, and applications of probabilistic and numerical methods to geoengineering. He has written over 220 papers and delivered over 25 keynote lectures and over 50 other invited lectures throughout the world. He has received many distinguished awards and honors. In October 2013, he received an Honorable Mention Peter A. Cundall Award for a paper submitted to the 3rdFLAC-DEM Symposium, which was held in China.

Mr. Xu-xu Yang is currently a Ph.D. candidate of geotechnical engineering at the State Key Laboratory for Geomechanics & Underground Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology. Between September 2013 and September 2015, he was a Visiting Research Student supported by the Chinese Scholarship Council in the Rock Mass Modeling and Computational Rock Mechanics Laboratories at the University of Arizona, USA, supervised by Professor Kulatilake. His major are of interest in research is rock mass modeling using computational techniques with an emphasis on discrete element methods. He has advanced the knowledge of mechanical behavior of jointed rock masses influenced by non-persistent joints.

Honorable mentions awarded to:
​Thank you to all authors who submitted a paper.​​


For more information, please visit the symposium website.