Our Team
Director

 

Dr. Bruno Gonçalves da Silva

Education:

- PhD - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2016

- MSc - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2009

- BSc, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Portugal, Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2004

Employment:

- NJIT, Newark - Assistant Professor

- Arup, New York - Geotechnical Engineer

- Nolan's Associates, UK, Structural Engineer

- ViaTunel PGF, Portugal, Structural Engineer

 

Interests:

I am a geoscientist and geotechnical engineer whose research interests are the experimental and numerical study of the multi-scale damage processes of rocks and rock-like materials subject to loading conditions of interest to field-scale applications in the subsurface energy, environmental and civil engineering fields.

Current Graduate Students

 

​Catarina Baptista Pereira

PhD candidate, MS Petroleum Engineering, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Portugal; BSc Civil and Environmental Engineering, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Portugal

 

Research: Influence of fluid diffusivity on hydraulic fracturing processes

Ehsan Mehryaar 

PhD candidate, BSc Civil and Environmental Engineering, Babol Noshirvani University of Technology, Iran.

 

Research: Thermal-induced spalling of tunnel liners

 

Mohab Hussein

PhD candidate, BSc Civil and Environmental Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Research: Use of Artificial Intelligence-based methods to enhance driven pile design

 

 

 

Di Zhang (co-advisee)

PhD candidate, MSc Civil and Environmental Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology; BSc Civil and Environmental Engineering, China Agriculture University

 

Research: Numerical simulations of the micro-mechanical properties of shale

 

Former PhD advisees

 

 

 

Gayani Gunarathna, PhD (2020)

Currently Geotechnical Engineer at WSP USA

Thesis Title: Stress-state and injection-rate dependent damage processes during the hydraulic fracturing of granite. (link)

 

Haroon Afzal

Undergraduate researcher

Research: Feasibility of implementing an Enhanced Geothermal System at the NJIT campus

Tola Chen

Undergraduate researcher

Research: Feasibility of implementing an Enhanced Geothermal System at the NJIT campus

 

​Zachary Keator

Undergraduate researcher

Research: Feasibility of implementing an Enhanced Geothermal System at the NJIT campus

 

Jas Ahuja

Undergraduate researcher

Research: Visual analyses and interpretation of hydraulic fracturing tests in rocks

 

Elisee Doh

Undergraduate Researcher

Research: Specimen preparation and thermal testing of concrete sections

 

​Josue Deidan

Undergraduate researcher

Research: Analysis and interpretation of acoustic emission data from hydraulic fracturing tests

 

Edisberto Cardona, Jr

Undergraduate researcher

Research: Visual analyses and interpretation of hydraulic fracturing tests in rocks

 

Marco Fernandez

Undergraduate Researcher

Research: Estimation of roughness of lab-scale hydraulic fractures in granite using micro-CT scan and SEM observations

Karina Tapia

BSc Civil and Environmental Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology (currently at Neglia Engineering Associates)

Undergraduate researcher

 

Research: Effect of fractures, fracture filling and rock saturation in the attenuation and speed of propagation of P- and S-waves

 

Inderdeep Grewal

BSc Civil and Environmental Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology (currently at Advantage Engineering Associates P.C.)

Undergraduate researcher

 

Research: Development of a MATLAB code to automatically identify the development of hydraulic fractures based on visual data

Ricardo Ayala

BSc Civil and Environmental Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology (currently at AECOM )

Undergraduate researcher

 

Research: Experimental evaluation of the effect of injection rate in the hydraulic fracturing pressures in granite

Former undergraduate members

 

Current undergraduate members

 

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