Assistant Professor F. Estefan 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!