Alejandro Ortiz-Bernardin, Ph.D.

CAMLab Director / Assistant Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Chile
Av. Beauchef 851, Santiago, Chile

Office: 403 (Edificio Poniente)
Phone: +56 (2) 29784664
Fax: +56 (2) 26896057
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Take a look at my Rock Band Project


2011 Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Davis (USA)
Major: Structural Engineering & Structural Mechanics
Minor: Scientific Computing
2006 M.E., Numerical Methods, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (Spain)
2002 B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (Chile)


Positions Held

2011 – present Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Chile
2011 – present Consultant in mechanical and structural engineering at Tenova-Delkor, Outotec (Chile) S.A.; private mining sector
2007 – 2010 Research Assistant, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of California, Davis
2006 – present Engineering Director/Owner, Comecsa Ltda.; private engineering sector
2005 – 2007 Chief Engineer, Engineering and Drawing Office, Tenova-Delkor, Chile Office; private engineering/mining sector
2003 – 2005 Structural Engineer, Department of Engineering, Tersainox S.A.; private manufacturing/engineering sector


Honors and Awards

2010 Finalist, 22nd Annual Robert J. Melosh Medal Competition for the Best Student Paper on Finite Element Analysis, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
2009 Travel fellowship, 10th U.S. National Congress on Computational Mechanics, Columbus, Ohio, USA
2007 – 2010 Graduate Research Assistantship, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,University of California, Davis, USA


Research Interests

My primary research interests are related to the formulation of numerical methods and their implementation for computational modeling and simulation of engineering solids and structures and for applications in real-time structural health monitoring. Current research work is on:
– Low-order discretization methods for large deformation problems in solid mechanics
– Implicit theory of elasticity
– Nonlinear continuum theory of dislocations
– Supervised learning methods for real-time structural health monitoring
– Meshfree and Finite Element Methods
– Virtual Element Methods


Research Grants

2016 – present  Co-Investigator, Fondecyt Grant Nº 1160030, “On the use of implicit constitutive relations to model the behaviour of elastic and inelastic deformations in continua: Applications to the mathematical modelling of rock”
2012 – 2015  Co-Investigator, Fondecyt Grant Nº 1120011, “Study of Some New Constitutive Laws for Elastic Bodies
2011 – 2014 Principal Investigator, Fondecyt Grant Nº 11110389, “Development and Assessment of An Efficient Numerical Method for Simulation of Nearly Incompressible Large Deformations Problems in Solid Mechanics


Professional Society Affiliations

Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Member, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)

Sport Affiliations

Member, International Tennis Federation, Senior Circuit

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