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The Purdue faculty members below have agreed to be active members of CPIASR. Please note this is not a comprehensive list of all Purdue faculty members conducting research relating to Engineering against Natural Disasters. Colombian faculty members and students are welcome to review the Purdue website to identify other potential collaborators.

Antonio Bobet

Professor, School of Civil Engineering

 


CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone: 765.494.5033
E-mail: bobet@purdue.edu
Professional webpage: http://bridge.ecn.purdue.edu/~bobet/

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Rock Mechanics
  • Underground Structures
  • Soil-Structure Interaction
  • Problem Soils

FUNDED PROJECTS

Projects are funded by a variety of agencies, including ACS, ExxonMobile, JTRP, NSF, NCHRP, USGS.

Shirley Dyke

Professor, School of Civil Engineering

 


CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone:
E-mail: sdyke@purdue.edu
Professional webpage: https://engineering.purdue.edu/IISL/

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Dr. Dyke investigates ways to reduce losses and property damage from earthquakes. She focuses on the use of advanced technologies such as structural control and monitoring systems for improving the lifecycle performance of structural systems. She is also interested in the development of cyberinfrastructure to facilitate innovation in simulation techniques as well as archiving of research data. She is the director of the Intelligent Infrastructure Systems Lab.

FUNDED PROJECTS

Funding is provided mainly by the National Science Foundation and included: Cyber-Physical Co-Design of Wireless Monitoring and Control for Civil Infrastructure; NEES Network Testbed; Performance-Based Design and Real-time, Large-scale Testing to Enable ; Implementation of Advanced Damping Systems; NEES Operations 2009-2014.

John Haddock

Associate Professor, School of Civil Engineering


CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone: 765.496.3996
E-mail: jhaddock@purdue.edu
Professional webpage: https://engineering.purdue.edu/CE/Academics/Groups/Materials/Details/FacultyInfo/JHaddock/

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Forensic pavement investigation
  • HMA mixture research and design, preparation of construction guidelines, development of new test methods, non-destructive pavement testing, and accelerated pavement testing.

FUNDED PROJECTS

  • Sustainable asphalt binders and additives; effects of alternative energy sources on roads; low-volume pavement design
  • HMA mixture design alternatives

Ghadir Haikal

Assistant Professor, School of Civil Engineering

 


CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone: 765.494.1176
E-mail: ghaikal@purdue.edu
Professional webpage:

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Numerical Methods
  • Contact Mechanics

Ayhan Irfanoglu

Associate Professor, School of Civil Engineering

 


CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone: 765.496.8270
E-mail: ayhan@purdue.edu
Professional webpage:

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Earthquake and Blast Engineering
  • Performance-Based Structural Engineering Frameworks
  • Modal Testing and Analysis
  • Structural Health-Monitoring
  • Large-Scale Structural Analysis and Simulation
  • Engineering Seismology

Michael Kreger

Professor, School of Civil Engineering


CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone: 765.496.3996
E-mail: kreger@purdue.edu
Professional webpage: https://engineering.purdue.edu/CE/People/view_person?resource_id=2077/

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Structural Dynamics
  • Random Vibrations
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Computer Applications

Judy Lui

Associate Professor, School of Civil Engineering
Associate Director, Bowen Laboratory

 


CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone: 765.494.2254
E-mail: jliu@purdue.edu
Professional webpage: http://bridge.ecn.purdue.edu/~jliu/

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Steel Structures
  • Cyclic behavior of beam-to-column connections
  • Earthquake engineering
  • Performance-based design

Jan Olek

Professor, School of Civil Engineering
Director of the North Central Superpave Center (NCSC)


Contact Information

Phone: 765.494.5015
E-mail: olek@purdue.edu
Professional webpage: https://engineering.purdue.edu/CE/People/view_person?group_id=1920&resource_id=2108

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Recycling and reusing of matierals resulting from natural disasters
  • Materials for fast and efficient repairs of the damaged infrastructure
  • Fiber reinforcement based on building components

Arun Prakash

Assistant Professor, School of Civil Engineering

 

 


CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone: 765.494.6696
E-mail: arunprakash@purdue.ed Professional webpage: https://engineering.purdue.edu/~aprakas//

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Computational Mechanics, Structural Dynamics, Continuum Mechanics
  • Nonlinear Finite Element Methods, Meshfree methods
  • Multi-scale mechanics of cellular and heterogeneous materials
  • Coupled multi-physics problems, Fluid-Structure, Soil-Structure interaction
  • Fracture, fragmentation, impact/blast
  • Behavior of structures under extreme loads

Monica Prezzi

Professor, School of Civil Engineering

 

 


CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone: 765.494.5094
E-mail: mprezzi@purdue.ed Professional webpage: https://engineering.purdue.edu/~mprezzi//

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Foundation Engineering
  • Ground Engineering
  • Use of Innovative and Recyclable Materials in Construction
  • Emerging Piling Technologies
  • Geomechanics

Santiago Pujol

Associate Professor, School of Civil Engineering

 

 


CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone: 765.496.8368
E-mail: spujol@purdue.ed Professional webpage: https://engineering.purdue.edu/~spujol//

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Earthquake engineering
  • Seismic vulnerability of existing structures
  • Displacement-based seismic design
  • Instrumenttation and testing of structures
  • Response of structures to impulsive loads
  • Structural-health monitoring
  • Repair and strengthening of structures

Julio Ramirez

 

 

Professor, School of Civil Engineering
NEEScomm Center Director


CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone: 765.494.2716
E-mail: ramirez@purdue.edu
Professional webpage: https://engineering.purdue.edu/CE/Academics/Groups/Structural/Details/PersonalWebPage/Ramirez/

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Structural analysis and design
  • Reinforced concrete structures
  • Structural models and experimental methods
  • Prestressed concrete structures
  • Design codes for structural concrete

Rodrigo Salgado

Professor, School of Civil Engineering

 

Editor, Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering

 


CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone: 765.494.5030
E-mail: salgado@purdue.edu
Professional webpage: http://www.ecn.purdue.edu/~rodrigo//

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Piles
  • Shallow Foundations
  • Reliability Analysis
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Constitutive Modeling
  • Liquefaction
  • Slope Stability Analysis
  • Retaining Structures
  • Finite Elements
  • Limit Analysis

Amit Varma

Associate Professor, School of Civil Engineering


CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone: 765.496.3419
E-mail: ahvarma@purdue.edu
Professional webpage: http://bridge.ecn.purdue.edu/~ahvarma

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Seismic and Fire Behavior
  • Analysis and Design of Steel-concrete composite structures
  • Repair and retro-fit of deteriorated and damaged infrastructure

Jason Weiss

Professor, School of Civil Engineering
Director of the Pankow Materials Laboratory


CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone: 765.494.2215
E-mail: wjweiss@purdue.edu
Professional webpage: https://engineering.purdue.edu/~wjweiss/

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Self sensing concrete for pipelines (electrical/ultrasonic/Nacoustic)
  • Reducing early cracking
  • Sensors for cracking applications
  • Self curing/internal curing concrete
  • Reducing the carbon footprint of concrete
  • Service life modeling for durability

FUNDED PROJECTS

  • National Science Foundation
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Various Corporate Sponsors
  • Army Corps of Engineers
  • Indiana Department of Transportation

Pablo Zavattieri

Assistant Professor, School of Civil Engineering



CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone: 765.496.9644
E-mail: zavattie@purdue.edu
Professional webpage: https://engineering.purdue.edu/~zavattie/

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Computational solid mechanics
  • Renewable materials
  • Smart and multifunctional materials research

Multi-scale modeling of materials (atoms-to-structures)

  • Bridging between atomistic models and continuum mechanics through mesoscale modeling to allow a two-way structure - property relationship for the prediction and control of materials functionality for a more efficient non-Edisonian approach to material discovery.
  • Development of atomistically-informed constitutive models for deformation and failure of materials to characterize the influence of defects in materials across multiple length and time scales.
  • Multiscale approaches that aim to bridge relevant time and length scales.
  • Development of scaling laws to understand the synergetic role of size, geometry and material properties.
  • Emphasis on nanostructured periodic materials, nano- and micro-patterned interfaces.

Biological and Biomimetic materials:

  • Identification of deformation and failure mechanisms of the hierarchical structure of hard biological materials through different length scale, with emphasis on biomineralized marine organisms such as mollusk shells, radular teeth and crustaceans exoskeletons.
  • Biomimetics applied to the intelligent design of materials: Design and modeling of synthetic nano/micro-composites mimicking hard biological materials using bioinspired damage mitigation strategies.
  • Development of multiscale models for bio-inspired materials.
  • Strong collaboration with material scientists, chemists and biologists.

Multifunctional materials:

  • Study of materials that can sense, adapt, self-heal, control energy flow, harvest/exchange energy, etc.

Nanomechanics of natural materials:

  • Study and characterization of the hierarchical structure-mechanical response relationship of the cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) to understand how they can achieve their full potential for the new generation of green and renewable materials.
  • Development of new theories, novel multiscale computational tools and continuum/discrete models to properly describe and predict the mechanical behavior of cellulose nanocrystals.
  • Development of mesoscale nonlocal models for adhesion between nanocrystals with strong connection to in-situ experiments with application to the processing of cellulose-based nanocomposites. Potential collaboration with experimental and processing groups across campus.

Smart cellular metamaterials:

  • Design and analysis of active-material based periodic cellular microstructures to obtain materials that have the capability to:
    (1) change and adapt their key macroscopic properties to certain changes in the loading and environmental conditions (switchable/adaptable mechanical properties)
    (2) to adapt their shapes to new configurations (morphable and reconfigurable surfaces and structures)
    (3) exert forces and induce motion for specific tasks (actuation)
  • Tunable foams
  • Study of adaptive materials with real-time microstructural control, patterned microstructures with controlled auxectic behavior and self-adapatable materials.

FUNDED PROJECTS

  • NSF –CMMI: “High Performance Cement Composites with Nanocrystalline and Nanofibrillated Cellulose”.
  • U.S. Forest Service: “Engineering Cellulose Based Structures for Advanced Composites”
  • AFOSR: “Damage-tolerant Biological Composites Derived from the Teeth of a Giant Chiton”.
  • INDOT/JTRP: “Removing Obstacles for Pavement Cost Reduction by Examining Early Age Opening Requirements”
  • General Motors: “Multifunctional and programmable cellular materials"
 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colombia Faculty

The Colombian faculty members below have agreed to be active members of CPIASR. Please note this is not a comprehensive list of all Colombian faculty members conducting research relating to Engineering against Natural Disasters. Colombian faculty members and students are welcome to review the respective Colombian Univeristy websites to identify other potential collaborators.

Ana Beatriz Acevedo

Associate Professor, Civil Engineering

 


CONTACT INFORMATION

School: Universidad EAFIT
Phone: + 57.4.261.9238
E-mail: aaceved14@eafit.edu.co
Professional webpage:

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Concrete technology and analysis and Design of reinforced concrete structures, with a particular interest on shear behavior.

FUNDED PROJECTS

  • Analysis and evaluation of the seismic vunerability of shear critical structures
  • Mix design of sturctural lightweight concrete
  • Materials selection for high performance concrete in Colombia

Juan Carlos Botero Palacio

Ph.D., Structural Engineering
Coordinator, Area of Structural Engineering

 


CONTACT INFORMATION

School: Universidad EAFIT
Phone: + 57.4.261.9500
E-mail: jcbotero@eafit.edu.co
Professional webpage:

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Teacher of structural engineering area, particularly of structural dynamics.  My current interest focuses on the area of analysis of signals prouced by vibrations in structures.  Actuality, I'm working on projects related to ambiental vibrations, identifications systems and monitoring and health structures.

Juan Correal

Director, Integrated Laboratory
Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

 


CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone: + 57.1.339.4949 ext. 2853
E-mail: jcorreal@uniandes.edu.co
Professional webpage: http://ingenieria.uniandes.edu.co/profesores/jcorreal/doku.php

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Seismic Design and Retrofit of Structures
  • Bridge Design and Retrofit
  • Sustainable Buildings Design
  • Applications of Innovative Materials for Structures

FUNDED PROJECTS

  • Studied the seismic performance of bridge columns with double interlocking spirals as transversal reinforcement. (Project of UNR as a PhD Student funded by Caltrans)
  • Behavior of tile connections under extreme wind loads. (Funded by Seguros Bolivar)
  • Static and seismic behavior of hollow core slabs and walls. (Funded by Colciencias- Manufacturas de Cemento S.A.)
  • Structural validations of glued laminated guadua bamboo as a constructions material. (Funded by Ministerio de Agricultura- Colguadua Ltda)
  • Structural performance of dry and immunized round bamboo guadua. (Funded by Ministerio de Agricultura- Colguadua Ltda)

Juan Fernando Escobar

Professor

 


CONTACT INFORMATION

School: Universidad de Antioquia
Phone: + 57.4.219.8577
E-mail: jfescob@yahoo.com
Professional webpage: http://www.udea.edu.co/portal/page/portal/SedesDependencias/Ingenieria/E.Investigacion/Grupos/CategoriaA/GIGA

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Identification and valuation of Critical Natural Capital (CNC)
  • Environmentald Spatial modeling
  • Hydrologic and hydrogeological modeling
  • Sustainable development methodologies (Mining and Oil)

Juan Gomez

Professor, Civil Engineering

 


CONTACT INFORMATION

School: Universidad EAFIT
Phone: + 57.4.261.9500 ext. 9812
E-mail: jgomezc1@eafit.edu.co
Professional webpage: http://mecanica.eafit.edu.co/mecapl/Welcome.html

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Wave propagation in elastic solids via Computational Mechanics:  My current research interests are in the understanding of different phenomena associated to propagation of elastic waves in solids, considering different length scales, e.g., seismic wave propagation and soil-structure interaction effects, determination of dispersive properties for structured cellular materials, wave propagation analysis in micropolar solids.  For that purpose much of my work requires the development and/or implementation of state of the art numerical simulation techniques based on classical and non-classical (e.g., Cosserat like) continuum mechanics models.  These techniques are implemented in in-house software or in commercial codes assimilating user subroutines like ABAQUS and FEAP.

FUNDED PROJECTS

Topographic effects and soil-structure interaction: We try to understand the combined effect of topography and structural characteristics on the propagation of seismic waves.

Characterization of micropolar models through wave propagation analysis: In this project we intend to characterize the capabilities of a Cosserat micropolar continuum model to describe microstructural effects at different length scales, using wave propagation analysis.  For that purpose we use explicit simulations detailing micro-structural features, Bloch wave analysis in unit cells and simulations in micro-polar half-spaces. 

Juan Jaramillo

Professor, Civil Engineering

 


CONTACT INFORMATION

School: Universidad EAFIT
Phone: + 57.4.261.9353
E-mail: jjarami@eafit.edu.co
Professional webpage:

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Professor Jaramillo is currently focused in seismic wave propagation problems and more particularly in trying to understand the amplification or de-amplification experienced by seismic waves once they interact with the soil surface or the soil-structure interface and due not only to the surface geometry but also to the geometry between the different sub-surface contacts.

FUNDED PROJECTS

  • Analytical Diffraction of P-Waves by an infinite Wedge.  (Funded by Colciencias and EAFIT.)
  • Development of a Computational Tool for the Analysis of Soil-Structure-Interaction Problems through a Spectral Approach-Phase II.  Joint project with Professor Juan Gomez.  (Funded by Solingral S.A, Colciencia and EAFIT.)
  • Seismic Response of Buried Pipelines.  (Funded by Colciencias and EAFIT.)
  • New model for the seismic response of unreinforced masonry buildings.  (Funded by Universidad de Medellin, EAFIT, SURAMERICANA, CAMACOL and SOLINGRAL.)

Alex Ossa

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineer

 


CONTACT INFORMATION

School: Universidad EAFIT
Phone: + 57.4.261.9500 ext. 9603
E-mail: eossa@eafit.edu.co
Professional webpage: http://blogs.eafit.edu.co/materialesingenieria/

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Mechanical behavior of materials from the nano to the macro level
  • Bitumen and asphalt mixtures
  • Polymeric modification of bitumen and its microstructural effects
  • Composites for blast protection
  • Biomimtics and Biological materials
  • Microstructural modeling of solidification processes on iron alloys
  • Mechanical behavior of natual materials

FUNDED PROJECTS

  • Development of alloyed ductile iron and use of numerical mold design approaches. PI (Funded by Colciencias)
  • Development of thermal and acoustic insulating materials. PI (Funded by Colciencias)
  • Biomimetic blast protection for land mines. PI (Funded by Gobernación de Antioquia)

Juan C. Reyes

Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

 


CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone: + 57.1.339.4949 ext. 3025
E-mail: jureyes@uniandes.edu.co
Professional webpage: http://ingenieria.uniandes.edu.co/profesores/jureyes/doku.php

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Nonlinear Behavior of Irregular Structures Subjected to Multi-Component Ground Motions
  • Ground Motion Selection and Modification
  • Dynamic Soil-Structure Interaction
  • Seismic-Resistant Systems for Developing Countries

FUNDED PROJECTS

  • USGS-Uniandes: “Relevance of Fault-Normal/Parallel and Maximum Direction Rotated Ground Motions on Nonlinear Behavior of Symmetric and Unsymmetric Buildings"
  • Uniandes: “Ground motion selection and modification for nonlinear analysis of structures"