Doctoral students

Adrián Díaz
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PhD. Candidate of the School of Engineering of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Adrián obtained his professional title of Civil Engineer from The University of Chile. His line of research is Structural Engineering focused on seismic risk and resilience of the transportation network in Santiago, particularly on the urban bridges. In his thesis, he aims to obtain an optimal retrofit strategy to minimize indirect and direct economic losses and to maximize functionality after an earthquake. The research is supervised by professors Juan Carlos De La Llera and Hernán Santa María.

Claudio Fernández
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PhD. Candidate of the School of Engineering of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Claudio obtained his bachelor degree and professional title of Civil Engineer from the same institution. His line of research is Engineering Seismology, specifically studying and applying models to synthetically generate strong ground motion based on geophysics characteristics. Hi did an internship at Port and Airport Research Institute (PARI) in Yokosuka, Japan, with Dr. Atsushi Nozu, studying the applicability of strong ground motion generation models used in Japan to be used on the subduction environment in Chile.

Jaime Guamán
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PhD Student at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. Jaime received his B.S. in Civil Engineering (1998) from the Catholic University of Santiago de Guayaquil, Ecuador, and his MSc. in Structural Engineering (2010) from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana. At Notre Dame, he worked together with Dr. Yahya C. Kurama on Earthquake Attenuation Prediction Models based on Maximum Incremental Velocity, thanks to a Fullbright Scholarship (2008). He has also worked for the Academia as a visiting professor, and has more than ten years of experience as a Structural Consulting Engineer in Ecuador and overseas. He is a member of the Task Committe for Large Turbine Generators Foundations, and recently co-authored the ASCE Manual of Practice “Concrete Foundations for Turbine Generators” (2018). Currently, his research focuses on nonstructural damage and loss of functionality of Chilean Health Facilities, under the guidance of Dr. Juan Carlos de la Llera.

Yvonne Merino
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Yvonne Merino is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Department of Structural and Geotechnical Engineering of the School of Engineering at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. She has worked as a structural engineer in design offices and as a junior researcher and lecturer in Colombia. Yvonne obtained her Master’s in Structural Engineering at Universidad EAFIT (2014) and her B.S. at Universidad del Quindío (2011). Her recent research addresses the enhanced earthquake resilience of emergency healthcare networks and facilities by using seismic protection systems.

José Gallardo
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Esteban Vera
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Master’s students

Edgar Fabián Díaz
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MSc. Student of the School of Engineering of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. He obtained his bachelor degree and professional title of Civil Engineer from the Industrial University of Santander, Colombia, in 2014. Edgar is interested in structural dynamics and their fragility, mainly focused in the analysis of bridges and similar structures. He has worked as a consultant in public and private entities, and has developed projects with social impact, that improve the life quality of communities. His thesis is focused on the computation of analytical fragility functions of pedestrian bridges of the Chilean transportation network, under the supervision of Dr. Juan Carlos de la Llera.

Nicolás Ahumada
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MSc. Student of the School of Engineering of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. His main interest is in the dynamics of structures, regardless of their typology. Currently, his research is the vulnerability of electrical systems, focused on substations and their internal components, under the supervision of Juan Carlos de la Llera.

Luis Limache
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Master student of the School of Engineering of the Pontificia
Universidad Católica de Chile. Luis is a civil – structural engineer from Peru.
He has worked as a consultant in public and private entities in the
design of reinforced concrete buildings. He is currently in the
development of his graduation activity which is focused on a fragility
analysis of structures with seismic isolation using a non-linear
model.

Pablo Orellana
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