Rita Sousa

Assistant Professor

School: School of Engineering and Science

Department: Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering

Building: ABS

Room: 228

Phone: (201) 216-8046

Email: rsousa@stevens.edu

Education
  • PhD (2010) Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Geotechnical and Geo-environmental Engineering)
Research

Geomechanics
Stochastic subsurface characterization
Tunneling
Landslides

Institutional Service
  • CE-Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Member
  • CE Master student recruitment Member
Professional Service
  • Board of Multi-criteria Decision Making (specialty section of Frontiers in Sustainability) Review Editor
  • Civil Track Leader (technical committee for ARMA 2021)
  • Organizing committee of 2020 Virtual ARMA-DGS-SEG International Geomechanics Symposium
Professional Societies
  • ARMA – American Society of Rock Mechanics Member
Selected Publications
Book Chapter
  1. Sousa, L.; Vargas, Euripedes; Sousa, R.; Chamine, Helder I (2020). Hydrological Risks in Natural Hazards Focused on the Role of the Water: Studies on Landslides. Advances in Natural Hazards and Hydrological Risks: Meeting the Challenge (pp. 43--47).
  2. e Sousa, Lu\'\is Ribeiro; Zhou, H.; Sousa, R.; Zhang, C. (2020). Soft rocks in underground hydroelectric schemes. Soft Rock Mechanics and Engineering (pp. 541--577). Springer, Cham.
  3. e Sousa, Luis Ribeiro; Sousa, R.; Cuiying, Z.; Karam, K. (2020). Evaluation of Geomechanical Properties of Soft Rock Masses by Laboratory and In Situ Testing. Soft Rock Mechanics and Engineering (pp. 187--234). Springer, Cham.
  4. e Sousa, L. R.; Sousa, R.; Cuiying, Z.; Karam, K. (2019). Evaluation of Geomechanical Properties of Soft Rock Masses by Laboratory and In Situ Testing.
  5. Opolot, M.; Sousa, R.; Costa, A. (2017). Experimental study of the mechanics of gypsum seam hazard for Abu Dhabi. Global Changes and Natural Disaster Management: Geo-information Technologies (pp. 211--226). Springer, Cham.
  6. Einstein, H.; Kaabi, M. A.; Chan, H.; Costa, A.; Dudt, J.; Haas, C.; Indermitte, C.; Karam, K.; Kollarou, C.; Marzer, C.; others (2017). Risk determination for tunnels and other networked infrastructure. Geo-Risk 2017 (pp. 346--367).
  7. L. R., S.; Sousa, R.; VARGAS, E.; VELLOSO, R.; KARAM, K. (2016). Risk Assessment of CO2 Injection Processes and Storage. Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering (vol. 3, pp. 359--397). Taylor \& Francis Group.
  8. Miranda, T.; Sousa, Lu\'\is Ribeiro; Ruggenthen, W.; Sousa, R. (2013). Application of data mining techniques for the development of new rock mechanics constitutive models. Constitutive Modeling of Geomaterials (pp. 735--740). Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.
Conference Proceeding
  1. Einstein, H. H.; Sousa, R. (2021). Decision Analysis Applied to Natural Hazards. 18th International Probabilistic Workshop: IPW 2020 (vol. 153, pp. 3).
  2. Tinoco, J.; e Sousa, L. R.; Miranda, T.; Sousa, R. (2021). Rockburst Risk Assessment Based on Soft Computing Algorithms.
  3. Abdulla, B.; Sousa, R.; Galadari, A. (2020). Location and Development of Light Rail Stations under Demand Uncertainty: A Real Options Based Framework. International Conference on Transportation and Development 2020 (pp. 151--160).
  4. Mubarak, H.; Saji, R.; R Zhu, G.; Sousa, R.; Sassi, M.; Abu Al-Rub, R.; others (2019). Plasticity and Damage Analysis of Berea Sandstone via Cyclic Triaxial Loading Under High Confinement Pressure. 53rd US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium.
  5. Zhu, G.; Saji, R.; Mubarak, H.; Sousa, R.; Sassi, M.; Abu Al-Rub, R.; others (2019). Experimental and Numerical Investigation of Hydraulic Fracturing Under Reservoir Conditions. 53rd US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium.
  6. Al Kaabi, M.; Sousa, R. (2019). Studying the effects of gypsum karst cavities in tunneling. WTC 2019 ITA-AITES World Congress (WTC 2019), May 3-9 2019, Naples, Italy (pp. 5275--5284).
  7. Zhu, G.; Sousa, R.; Zhou, P.; Yang, J. (2018). Numerical Analysis of the Stability of a Gob-Side Entry Retaining in Non-Pillar Coal Mining Using Discrete Fracture Network Modelling. 52nd US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium.
  8. Abdulla, M.; Sousa, R. (2018). EllipFrac: Stochastic DFN reservoir characterization software. 2nd International Discrete Fracture Network Engineering Conference.
  9. Opolot, M.; Sousa, R.; Einstein, H. (2018). Transport-Controlled Dissolution in Underground Cavities: An Experimental Validation of the Extended Graetz Solution. 52nd US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium.
  10. Sousa, R.; Opolot, M.; Einstein, H. (2018). Peer reviewed only Published between: Published from year: and Published to year: Advanced search Show search help Full text Author Company/Institution Publisher Journal Conference Add Boolean operators This OR that This AND that This NOT th. 52nd U.S. Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium, 17-20 June, Seattle, Washington.
  11. Al Yassi, H.; Sousa, R. (2017). Developing a Methodology and Practical Application of Technical Risk Management for CubeSat Projects.
  12. Kolo, I.; Al-Rub, R.; Sousa, R.; Sassi, M.; Sirat, M. (2015). Numerical Modelling of Fold-Related Fractures. 13th ISRM International Congress of Rock Mechanics.
  13. Opolot, M.; Sousa, R.; Einstein, H. H. (2015). Reactive Transport in a Pipe in Soluble Rock: a Theoretical and Experimental Study. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco (pp. 14--18).
  14. e Sousa, L. R.; Wang, X.; Qinglin, G.; Dias, D.; Yuan, P.; Sousa, R. (2015). Stability and Risk Analysis of Ancient Cavities in Historical Areas. The Case of Yulin Caves, China.
  15. Kolo, I.; Sousa, R.; Zhang, T. (2014). Heat Transmission in a Geothermal Wellbore: Modelling and Application. Proceedings of the 19th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
  16. Sousa, Lu\'\is Ribeiro; Miranda, T.; Roggenthen, W.; Sousa, R. (2012). Models for geomechanical characterization of the rock mass formations at DUSEL using data mining techniques. 46th US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium.
  17. Sousa, R. (2011). Methodologies for risk analysis and decision making. Int. Workshop on CO2 Storage in Carboniferous Formations and Abandoned Coal Mines (pp. 123--152).
  18. Peixoto, A.; Ribeiro e Sousa, Luis; Sousa, R.; Feng, X.; Miranda, T.; Martins, F. (2011). Prediction of rockburst based on an accident database. 12th ISRM Congress.
  19. Manchao, H.; Sousa, R.; Gomes, A.; Ribeiro e Sousa, Luis; Vargas, E.; Na, Z. (2011). Risk assessment of carbon dioxide storage in carboniferous formations. 12th ISRM Congress.
  20. Sousa, L.; Sousa, R. (2011). Risk associated to storage of CO2 in carboniferous formations. Application of Bayesian networks. Int. Workshop on CO2 Storage in Carboniferous Formations and Abandoned Coal Mines (pp. 153--178).
  21. Einstein, H. H.; Sousa, R.; Karam, K.; Manzella, I.; Kveldsvik, V. (2010). Rock slopes from mechanics to decision making. ISRM International Symposium-EUROCK 2010.
  22. Ribeiro e Sousa, Lu\'\is; Silva, C.; Sousa, R.; Freitas, V. (2009). maintenaince methodologies of old railway tunnels. Conf. on New Developments in Rock Mechanics and Engineering, NDRM2009, At Sanya, China.
  23. Sousa, L.; Sousa, R.; Silva, C.; Freitas, V. (2009). Maintenance methodologies of old railway tunnels. Symposium New Development in Rock Mechanics and Engineering \& Sanya Forum for the Plan of City and City Construction, Sanya (pp. 401--406).
  24. Sousa, R.; SILVA, C. (2009). Use of Artificial Intelligence Techniques in Tunnel Maintenance. Workshop on Tunnels for High Speed Railways, Porto (pp. 111--124).
  25. EINSTEIN, H.H., KARAM, K.S.; Sousa, R. (2008). Reducing the Risks Associated with Natural Hazards. International Geological Congress -- Oslo 2008.
  26. Sousa, R.; Sousa, L.; Silva, C. (2007). Maintenance of Tunnels and the Use of AI Techniques. 11th ISRM Congress, Specialized Session S (vol. 5, pp. 6p).
  27. Sousa, R.; Einstein, H. (2007). Risk analysis for tunneling projects using Bayesian Networks. 11th ISRM Congress.
  28. e Sousa, L. R.; Dias, Daniel; Barreto, J.; Sousa, R. (2003). The Lisbon Metro Yellow Line Extension. Structural Behavior of the Ameixoeira Station La Prolongacion de la Linea Amarilla del Metro de Lisboa. An\'alisis riel Comportamiento Estructural de la Estacion de Ameixoeira.
Journal Article
  1. Sousa, R.; Einstein, H. H. (2021). Lessons from accidents during tunnel construction. Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology (vol. 113, pp. 103916). Pergamon.
  2. Sousa, R.; Vargas, E.; Chamine, H.; Ribeiro e Sousa, L.; Karam, K. (2021). Risk assessment on landslides focused on the role of the water: examples from model regions (Rio de Janeiro State and Hong Kong). SN Applied Sciences (3(4), 1--23 ed.). Springer International Publishing.
  3. Abdulla, M.; Sousa, R.; Arzuaga, I.; AlDajani, O.; da Silva, B. G.; Einstein, H. H. (2021). FracProp: Stochastic Fracture Propagation Model. Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering (5 ed., vol. 54, pp. 2513--2531). Springer Vienna.
  4. Kishida, T.; Park, D.; Sousa, R.; Armstrong, R.; Byon, Y. (2020). Modulus reductions of dam embankment materials based on downhole array time series. Earthquake Spectra (1 ed., vol. 36, pp. 400--421). SAGE Publications Sage UK: London, England.
  5. He, M.; e Sousa, L. R.; M\"uller, Andr\'e; Vargas Jr, Eur\'\ipedes; Sousa, R.; Oliveira, C. S.; Gong, W. (2019). Numerical and safety considerations about the Daguangbao landslide induced by the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake. Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (5 ed., vol. 11, pp. 1019--1035). Elsevier.
  6. Abdulla, M. B.; Sousa, R.; Einstein, H.; Awadalla, S. (2019). Optimised multivariate Gaussians for probabilistic subsurface characterisation. Georisk: Assessment and Management of Risk for Engineered Systems and Geohazards (4 ed., vol. 13, pp. 303--312). Taylor \& Francis.
  7. Zhu, G.; Sousa, R.; He, M.; Zhou, P.; Yang, J. (2019). Stability Analysis of a Non-pillar-Mining Approach Using a Combination of Discrete Fracture Network and Discrete-Element Method Modeling. Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering (1 ed., vol. 53, pp. 269--289). Springer Vienna.
  8. Costa, A. L.; Sousa, R.; Einstein, H. H. (2018). Probabilistic 3D alignment optimization of underground transport infrastructure integrating GIS-based subsurface characterization. Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology (vol. 72, pp. 233--241). Pergamon.
  9. Sousa, R.; Karam, K.; Costa, A. L.; Einstein, H. H. (2017). Exploration and decision-making in geotechnical engineering--a case study. Georisk: Assessment and Management of Risk for Engineered Systems and Geohazards (1 ed., vol. 11, pp. 129--145). Taylor \& Francis.
  10. Sousa, L.; Sousa, R.; Vargas Jr, Eur\'\ipedes; Velloso, R.; Karam, K.; others (2017). Risk assessment on CO2 injection processes and storage. Rock Mech Rock Eng (vol. 12, pp. 359--397).
  11. e Sousa, L. R.; Miranda, T.; Sousa, R.; Tinoco, J. (2017). 数字采矿技术在岩爆风险评估中的应用. 收藏 (vol. 4).
  12. e Sousa, L. R.; Miranda, T.; Sousa, R.; Tinoco, J. (2017). The use of data mining techniques in rockburst risk assessment. Engineering (4 ed., vol. 3, pp. 552--558). Elsevier.
  13. Kolo, I.; Abu Al-Rub, R. K.; Sousa, R. (2016). Computational modelling of fracture propagation in rocks using a coupled elastic-plasticity-damage model. Mathematical Problems in Engineering (vol. 2016). Hindawi.
  14. Abdulla, M. B.; Costa, A. L.; Sousa, R. (2016). Probabilistic identification of subsurface gypsum geohazards using artificial neural networks. Neural Computing and Applications (pp. 1--15). Springer London.
  15. MANCHAO, H.; Sousa, R.; M\"ULLER, A; VARGAS, JR., E.; RIBEIRO E SOUSA, L.; XIN, C. (2015). Analysis of Excessive Deformations in Tunnels for Safety Evaluation. Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology (vol. 45, pp. 190--202).
  16. Sousa, R.; Karam, K.; Einstein, H. H. (2014). Exploration analysis for landslide risk management. Georisk: Assessment and Management of Risk for Engineered Systems and Geohazards (3 ed., vol. 8, pp. 155--170). Taylor \& Francis.
  17. Ivanova, V. M.; Sousa, R.; Murrihy, B.; Einstein, H. H. (2014). Mathematical algorithm development and parametric studies with the GEOFRAC three-dimensional stochastic model of natural rock fracture systems. Computers \& Geosciences (vol. 67, pp. 100--109). Pergamon.
  18. e Sousa, Lu\'\is Ribeiro; Sousa, R. (2013). Considerations about Deep Oil and Gas Reservoirs in Pre-Salt Formations. Cases in Brazil and China.
  19. Sousa, R. (2013). Heat Transfer between Fluid Flow and Fractured Rocks,. Geothermal Resources Council Transactions.
  20. Vecchiarelli, A.; Sousa, R.; Einstein, H. H. (2013). Parametric study with GEOFRAC: A Three-dimensional Stochastic fracture flow model. Proceedings: 38th Geothermal Reservoir Engineering.
  21. Manchao, H.; Xuena, J.; Peixoto, A.; Sousa, L.; Sousa, R.; Miranda, T. F. (2012). Prediction of rockburst based on experimental systems and artificial intelligence techniques. CBT.
  22. Sousa, R.; Einstein, H. H. (2012). Risk analysis during tunnel construction using Bayesian Networks: Porto Metro case study. Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology (1 ed., vol. 27, pp. 86--100). Pergamon.
  23. Einstein, H.; Sousa, R. (2012). Risk in slopes. Innovative Numerical Modeling in Geomechanics. Sousa, Vargas, Fernandes and Azevedo (eds), Taylor \& Francis, London (pp. 201--210).
  24. Sousa, R. (2011). Methodologies for risk analysis and decision making. CO2 Storage in Carboniferous Formations and Abandoned Coal Mines (pp. 125). CRC Press.
  25. He, M.; Luis, S.; Sousa, R.; Ana, G.; Euripedes, Jr, V.; Zhang, N. (2011). Risk assessment of CO2 injection processes and storage in carboniferous formations: a review. Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (1 ed., vol. 3, pp. 39--56). Elsevier.
  26. Einstein, H.; Sousa, R. (2007). Warning systems for natural threats. Georisk (1 ed., vol. 1, pp. 3--20). Taylor \& Francis.
Other
  1. Sousa, R. (2010). Risk analysis for tunneling projects. Dissertation Abstracts International (06 ed., vol. 71).
Technical Report
  1. Sousa, R.; Ivanova, V.; Murrihy, B.; Einstein, H. (2012). Decision Aids for Engineered Geothermal Systems: Fracture Pattern Modeling. Research report, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.