Team

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR


F. Estéfan T. Garcia

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2018

M.S., Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2014

B.S., Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, 2013, summa cum laude

Estéfan joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in 2021. He completed his PhD at UC Berkeley studying the propagation of earthquake surface fault rupture through granular media and the interaction of surface fault rupture with the built environment. His current research interests are in granular systems and the characterization of such systems using advanced imaging and modeling techniques. When not in his office, you can find Estéfan biking on roads and trails or climbing at his local rock gym. 

Awards

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Chancellor’s Fellowship at University of California, Berkeley

2013 Engineering Achievement Award for Student Welfare at University of California, Los Angeles

Professional Memberships

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Geotechnical Extreme Events Reconnaissance (GEER) Association

Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society

Reviewer for the following journals:

International Journal of Geomechanics

Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering

Granular Matter

Current Students


Cassandra Champagne

PhD Candidate

Cyrena Ridgeway

PhD Candidate

Cyrena Ridgeway joined the University of Michigan Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in Fall 2021. She completed her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Civil Engineering at New Mexico State University. She completed a master’s thesis focused on geothermal ground improvement using encapsulated phase change materials. Her current research interests are in the characterization of granular systems using advanced modeling techniques.  When Cyrena finds some free time she likes spending it with her family, hiking with her dogs, and fishing.

Julio Copana

PhD Student

 

Leina Kaehr

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Previous Team Members


Xin Hui Ooi (Caltech Class of ’23; co-advised through the SURF program at Caltech)