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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

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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Adriana Daca

Postdoctoral Scholar in Mechanical and Civil Engineering

I received my Ph.D. from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, specializing in granular mechanics in reduced gravity, with a focus on wheel–soil interactions for planetary exploration rovers. Before joining Caltech, I worked as a Robotics Technologist at JPL, where I contributed to projects ranging from mobility concepts for future rovers to robotic sampling and manipulation systems. Currently, I am investigating the granular mechanics of rubble-pile asteroids through numerical simulations, with a particular focus on the asteroid Apophis, for a mission proposing to rendezvous with Apophis during its close approach to Earth in 2029. In my spare time, I enjoy rock climbing, hiking, and reading.

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Graduate Students

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.

Prior Members of Professor Andrade's Team

June 13, 2024