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Virginia Tech, Blacksburg
Civil Engineering Department

Geotechnical Engineering Group, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering  

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Dr Alba Yerro

Assistant Professor of Geotechnical Engineering

Alba Yerro is an Assistant Professor of geotechnical engineering at Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, US). She obtained her M.Sc. Civil Engineering degree in 2009 from Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain). After achieving her Ph.D. in 2014 from the same university, she got a post-doctoral position at the University of Cambridge (Cambridge, UK). She moved to VirginiaTech in August 2017. Her primary research is on modelling slope failures and soil-structure-water interaction problems involving large deformations. Yerro has a broad experience with the Material Point Method, and has contributed in the field proposing multiple-phase approaches to simulate the behavior of partially saturated soils and internal erosion processes. She is recipient of the Telford Gold Medal from the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Luis Zambrano Cruzatty

PhD student

Luis is a Ph.D. student in Geotechnical Engineering at Virginia Tech working on applications of the material point method for coastal geotechnical engineering related problems. He has a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral (ESPOL) at Guayaquil-Ecuador. After graduating, he worked for the Oceanography research institute of the Ecuadorean Navy (INOCAR) and later he managed a UAV surveying company. Luis graduated a M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering at Virginia Tech in 2016 and continued towards a Ph.D. degree joining Dr. Alba Yerro on the MPM group at Virginia Tech. Currently, Luis is working on the simulation of free fall penetrometers deployment using the MPM.