Opportunities

We are seeking enthusiastic students to join this research group. As a new research group that began in January 2021, the topics of this research group are flexible, and new students in this group will have the opportunity to be part of a new team that builds this research group from the ground up (geotechnical pun intended).

One great thing about the study of granular materials and granular systems is that it is incredibly broad. This field of study is fundamental to civil engineering, geologic hazards, industrial manufacturing, vehicle locomotion, and more. The concepts learned in this group can be applied to our grandest challenges as a society, whether they be developing habitable environments on other planets or developing cost-effective structural solutions on our own. Researchers in granular materials utilize a wide range of tools from fundamental soil mechanics to high performance computing. No matter what your major, if you are seeking a graduate degree and have an interest in granular materials, mechanics, geologic hazards, or other topics you feel are relevant to this research group, please reach out to Estéfan and submit an application through the UM Rackham Graduate school website

Graduate Students:

If you would like to earn a PhD in this research group, you are welcomed to apply to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering through the UM Rackham Graduate School and identify your research interests in your application statements.

If you are a Master’s student and would like to conduct research through an independent study for academic credit, please contact Estéfan at fegarcia@umich.edu.

Undergraduate Students:

First-year, second-year, and transfer students can participate in research during the school year through UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program).

If you are an undergraduate student and would like to conduct research through an independent study for academic credit, please contact Estéfan at fegarcia@umich.edu.