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José E. Andrade

George W. Housner Professor of Civil and Mechanical Engineering; Cecil and Sally Drinkward Leadership Chair, Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering

Professor Andrade's research focuses on developing a fundamental understanding of the multiscale and multiphysical behavior of porous media, with especial application to geologic and engineered infrastructure materials.

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Postdoctoral Scholars and Visiting Associates

Anna Gorgogianni

Postdoctoral Scholar in Mechanical and Civil Engineering

Jacinto Ulloa

Postdoctoral Scholar in Mechanical and Civil Engineering

I received my Ph.D. from KU Leuven, Belgium, focusing on variational models for non-associative plasticity and fracture. In general, my research experience includes modeling failure mechanisms in solid materials, including fatigue and multi-physics problems, and spatiotemporal analysis in environmental science. Currently, my work mainly focuses on the micromechanics of complex dissipative processes in granular media. Aside from research, O enjoy socializing, traveling, music, movies, and sports.

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Graduate Students

Robert Buarque de Macedo

I received my B.S. in physics from Carnegie Mellon University. I am currently pursuing a PhD in Applied Mechanics in the Computational Geomechanics group at Caltech. My general interest is in granular structures and the application of optimization techniques to models of granular materials. Outside of research I enjoy live music, yoga and playing guitar.

Rigoberto Moncada López

I obtained my B.S. in Civil Engineering at UNITEC, Honduras and received my master's degree in Civil-Geotechnical Engineering from Tohoku University, Japan. Currently, I am pursuing my Ph. D. in Civil Engineering at the Computational Geomechanics group from Caltech. My research interests include modeling of granular media and interaction with pore fluid, unsaturated granular response, stress state variation in granular materials and computational analysis of failure and shear banding. My prior research experience included granular erodibility, landslide mapping using GIS and remote sensing and slope stability.

Currently I am working on Discontinuum Modeling of Ice Sheets and Sea Ice, combining interparticle contact, thermal effects, particle breakage and fluid interaction.

During my free time I enjoy watching movies, jogging, eating out and traveling to new places.

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Ziran (Rachel) Zhou

I received my B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. I am currently pursuing my PhD in Prof. Andrade's group. My research focuses on the analysis of dynamic response of MDOF structures in computational and experimental methods. Outside of school, I enjoy hiking, doing road trips and gaming.

John (Jackson) Baglino

First year graduate student.

Prior Members of Professor Andrade's Team

June 17, 2022