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New Faculty: F. Estéfan Garcia

Dr. F. Estefan Garcia will join the CEE Department as an Assistant Professor in January 2021.| Short Read
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Assistant Professor F. Estéfan Garcia will join the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering on January 1, 2021. He has pioneered research advancing discrete element modeling (DEM) and is an emerging authority on computational geomechanics. One impressive component of his research is his use of DEM to translate granular-level physical phenomena of soil particles to the macroscale in order to uncover how geotechnical systems perform under extreme loading regimes.

Dr. Garcia is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar at Caltech, where he researches geotechnical earthquake engineering, computational geomechanics, fundamental soil mechanics, and natural hazard mitigation and resiliency. He received his PhD and MS in GeoSystems Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and his BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Garcia will be joining the geotechnical engineering group in the department.

Welcome, Dr. Garcia!


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This article is included in the Fall 2020 issue of the CEE Review magazine. Visit the issue home page to see other articles.

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The electrons absorb laser light and set up “momentum combs” (the hills) spanning the energy valleys within the material (the red line). When the electrons have an energy allowed by the quantum mechanical structure of the material—and also touch the edge of the valley—they emit light. This is why some teeth of the combs are bright and some are dark. By measuring the emitted light and precisely locating its source, the research mapped out the energy valleys in a 2D crystal of tungsten diselenide. Credit: Markus Borsch, Quantum Science Theory Lab, University of Michigan.

Mapping quantum structures with light to unlock their capabilities

Rather than installing new “2D” semiconductors in devices to see what they can do, this new method puts them through their paces with lasers and light detectors. | Medium Read