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.

Graduate Students

 

Undergraduate Students

 

Gayani Gunarathna

PhD candidate, MS Structural Design, Kingston University, UK; BSc Civil and Environmental Engineering, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand.

 

Research: Effect of the state of stress in the fracturing processes and induced seismicity due to hydraulic fracturing.

Catarina Baptista Pereira

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

 

Research: Influence of injection rate and fluid diffusivity in 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

 

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

 

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

 

Former Members

 

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 Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers)

Undergraduate researcher

 

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

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