I am currently a doctoral candidate at the Geo-Energy Lab of EPFL. I am interested in coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical processes in the earth's crust, particularly in faults and its surroundings. My doctoral research focus on the development of physics-based computational simulations to characterize and understand fundamental physical processes involved in natural and human-induced earthquakes.
I obtained my master in earthquake engineering and my civil engineer title at the University of Chile in the year 2014. Prior to joining EPFL, I worked in the mining industry in Chile and I also travelled around the world for two beautiful years.
Currently, I am developing a three-dimensional fully-coupled hydro-mechanical solver to simulate earthquake nucleation, propagation and arrest in arbitrary-shaped faults and fault networks when subjected to fluid injection/diffusion. With the help of the numerical solver and making use of theoretical principles of continuum mechanics, I am trying to answer some fundamental questions in injection-induced earthquake mechanics.