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José E. Andrade

George W. Housner Professor of Civil and Mechanical Engineering; 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

I hold a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and a B.S.-M.Eng. in Civil Engineering-Structural, from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in Greece. My doctoral studies have focused on numerical modeling of quasibrittle fracture with continuum approaches, and on addressing the issue of spurious mesh sensitivity of finite element simulations in both the deterministic and stochastic settings. As a postdoctoral scholar in Professor Andrade's Complex Systems Modeling Group, I am expanding my research in discrete approaches to fracture, geomechanics, data-driven computational mechanics, and multiscale modeling.

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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 involves the modeling of failure mechanisms in solid materials, including fracture, fatigue, and multi-physics problems, and the spatiotemporal analysis of environmental processes. My current work in Prof. Andrade's group mainly focuses on the micromechanics of complex dissipative processes in granular media. Aside from research, I enjoy socializing, traveling, music, movies, and sports.

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Graduate Students

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.

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August 21, 2023