Rafael O. Ruiz

Assistant Professor


Mechanical Engineering (2004) Universidad Simón Bolívar.

M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (2007) Universidad Simón Bolívar​.

Ph.D. in Engineering Science (2015) Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (2016) University of Notre Dame.​

Postdoctorade in Mechanical Engineering (2016), Universidad de Chile.

Current Master Students

Alejandro Poblete

Mechanical Engineering Program

Research Interest: Energy harvesting, nonlinear electro-mechanical coupling effect, Bayesian model updating


Collaboration with Prof. Gaofeng Jia (Colorado State University, US) 


Diego Hidalgo

Mechanical Engineering Program

Research Interest: Fluid Film Lubracation, Uncertainty Quantification, Manufacturing Tolerance Selection, Adaptive Metamodels 

Collaboration with Prof. Adolfo Delgado (Texas A&M, US)

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Diego Astudillo

Civil Engineering Program

Research Interest: Metamaterials based on piezoelectric properties 

Adult Students

Carolina Arevalo

Civil Engineering Program

Research Interest: adaptive metamodeling applied to geomechanical problems

College Student

Nicolás Cárdenas

Civil Engineering Program

Research Interest: Seismic risk assessment of water pipe networks

Current Undergrad Students
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College Students in Campus
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Cristian Acevedo

Civil Engineering Program

Research Interest: Bayesian updating, uncertainties in tensile test of mechanical anchors

Collaboration with Prof. Fabien Delhomme (INSA Lyon, France)

Maximiliano Zelada

Civil Engineering Program

Research Interest: Nonlinear dynamic of tuned mass dampers

Maximiliano Morales

Civil Engineering Program

Research Interest: Developing of metamodels for geotechnical applications 

Collaborations with Eng. María Elena Valencia (ITASCA)

Former Students

Javier Ojeda

Civil Engineer (waiting for defense)

Optimization of piezoelectric energy harvesters for bridge applications.

Sebastián Aguirre

Mechanical Engineer (waiting for defense)

Study of periodic resonators for vibration suppression in cables

Cristobal Urueña

Mechanical Engineer (waiting for defense)

Development of flexible sensors based on piezoelectric energy harvesters

Cristian Olivares

Mechanical Engineer (waiting for defense)

Study of metamaterials in multi-scales applications


Alejandro Poblete

Mechanical Engineer (2020)

Bayesian inference analysis on nonlinear piezoelectric energy harvesters

Ana-Catalina Villalobos

Civil Engineer (2020)

Development of an algorithm for damage detection in composite plates.

Luis Loyola

Master in Civil Engineering

Stochastic ground motion generation compatible with the Chilean seismicity

José Mardones

Mechanical Engineer (waiting for defense)

Dynamic study of a flexitank

Patricio Peralta

Master in Mechanical Engineering (2020)

Bayesian inference analysis on piezoelectric energy harvesters

Pablo Cañete

Civil Engineer (2019)

Optimization of viscous dampers based on Life-cycle Cost for Building Applications in Chile.

Ignacio López

Civil Engineer (2017)

Worked with Nonlinear Tuned Mass Dampers and their impact on buildings.

Jean Riveros

Civil Engineer (2017)

Developed a SIMULINK repository with the most common nonlinear elements employed in structural analysis

José Villanueva

Civil Engineer (2017)

Developed nonlinear simplified models for steel structures

Patricio Peralta

Mechanical Engineer (2017)

Developed a experimental test to quantify uncertainties in piezoelectric energy harvesters

Sebastian Rodríguez

Mechanical Engineer (2016)

Developed a Finite Element model for piezoelectric energy harvesters