This talk will include a pot-pourri of geo-related problems that may benefit from elegant applied mathematics analyses.
The speaker, J. Carlos Santamarina is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, where he holds the Goizueta Foundation Faculty Chair. Dr. Santamarina graduated from Universidad Nacional de Cordoba ( Ingeniero Civil), and completed graduate studies at the University of Maryland ( MSc) and Purdue university (PhD). His research team explores the scientific foundations of soil behavior and subsurface processes using innovative particle- and pore-scale testing methods combined with high resolution process monitoring systems and inversion techniques. This conceptual and experimental framework is enabling the study of phenomena and the development of transformative solutions in geotechnical engineering in the area of energy geotechnology with contributions to: efficiency and conservation, resource recovery (petroleum, methane hydrates), energy storage, and waste utilization (carbon geological storage, fly ash and nuclear waste.
Dr Santamarina is also a ASCE Terzaghi lecturer in 2014 and is presenting his Terzaghi Lecture on Thursday Oct. 30 at 4:30 in Kearney 212.