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Main Ongoing Projects and Grants

  • Oct. 2018 to Oct. 2021. ‘Impact of coupled gas migration and thermo-hydro-mechanical processes on the performance of repositories for high level nuclear waste’. Total around $ 610K. Pro-rated amount: $610K. Competitive. Principal Investigator (PI): M. Sanchez. Sponsor: NEUP-DOE (Department of Energy, US).
  • Sep. 2018 to Aug. 2020. “Facing Expansive Soils in Engineering Projects”. Total $20K. Pro-rated amount: $ 10K. Competitive. PI: M. Sanchez. CoPI: F. Marinho (Univ. Sao Paulo, Brazil). Sponsor: FAPESP (Brazil) - TAMU (USA).
  • May 2018 to Abr. 2021. “Geomechancial and Geochemical Study on Couplings Processes in Carbonates Reservoirs”. Total ~$225K. PI: L. Guimarães (Federal University of Pernambuco, UFPE, Brazil). Invited expert from UFPE. Sponsor: Petrobras, Brazilian Oil Company.
  • Apr. 2018 to Mar. 2021. “Numerical HydroMechanical Modeling of Naturally Fractured and Karstic Reservoirs via the Mesh Fragmentation Technique”. Total ~$260K. PI: O. Manzoli (Universidade Estadual Paulista, UNESP Brazil). Invited expert from UNESP. Sponsor: Petrobras, Brazilian Oil Company.
  • Feb. 2018 to Mar. 2021. “Modeling, Numerical Simulation & Optimization for Petroleum Engineering – MCOPE”. Project CAPES-PRINT. Competitive. The project funds exchange research stays to the CoPIs of the following academic network: University of Swansea (UK), Texas A&M University, University of Toronto (Canada), University of Arizona (USA), Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain) and Universität Bochum (Germany). TAMU CoPI: M. Sanchez. Sponsor: CAPES (Brazilian Higher-Education Agency).
  • Jul. 2016 to Jul. 2019. “A multi-scale approach to investigate desiccation cracking in clayey soils”. Total ~$250K. Competitive. PI: Dr. H. Bui (Monash Univ.); CoPIs: M. Sanchez (TAMU) and J. Kodikara (Monash Univ.). Sponsor ARC Discovery Project (DP160100775); Australia.
  • Oct. 2013 to Oct. 2017. ‘THCM Coupled Model for Hydrate-Bearing Sediments: Data Analysis and Design of New Field Experiments (Marine and Permafrost Settings)’. Total around $ 486K. Pro-rated amount: $332K. Competitive. PI: M. Sanchez. CoPI: J.C. Santamarina. Sponsor: DOE (Department of Energy, US).
  • May 201 5 to Dec. 2016. ‘Geothermal Foundations to Reduce Utility Cost for New Buildings’. Total around $25K. Pro-rated amount 8K. PI: J-L. Briaud; CoPIs: M. Sanchez. Sponsor. Area 41 Challenge Grant program - TAMU.
  • Jan. 2016 to Jan 2017 . ‘Collaborative PUC-TAMU research to advance current understanding on geomaterials behavior subjected to environmental actions’. Total around $33K. Pro-rated amount 16.7K. Competitive. PI: M. Sanchez. CoPI: E. Saez (Pontifical Univ. of Chile, PUC). Sponsor. SEED FUND 2016 – TAMU & PUC.
  • Jan. 2015 to Jan 2017. ‘FEBEX-DP Full-Scale Engineered Barrier Experiment – Dismantling Project’. PI: A. Gens (UPC, Spain). Invited expert from UPC. Sponsor NAGRA Switzerland.
  • Jun. 2016 to Dec. 2016. ‘Geothermal Foundations to Reduce Utility Cost for New Buildings II’. Total around $30K. Pro-rated amount 10K. Competitive. Sponsor Energy Institute - TAMU
  • Jun. 2016 . Travel Grant to attend the “Invited to participate as a speaker (sponsored) at the NSF Workshop on ‘Geotechnical Fundamentals in the Face of New World Challenges’. NSF Headquarters, Arlington, Virginia. 17th to 19th Jul; 2016. Sponsor NSF. Total $ 1.2K. Pro-rated amount: $1.2K
  • Jan. 2013 to Dec. 2015. “Rails on Shrink Swell Soils: Problems and Possible Solutions”. Total around $ 69K. Pro-rated amount: $62K. Competitive. PI: M. Sanchez. Sponsor: Association of American Railroads (AAR).
  • Aug. 2012 to Jul. 2015.Creep Behavior of Soil Nail Walls in High Plasticity Index (PI) Soils’. Total around $ 350K. Pro-rated amount: $253K. Competitive. PI: M. Sanchez. CoPI: J-L Briaud. Sponsor: Texas Department of Transportation.
  • Sep. 2011 to Jul. 2015.Interaction Between Drilled Shafts and Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) Walls’. Total around $ 410K. Pro-rated amount: $205K. Competitive. PI: J-L Briaud. CoPI: M. Sanchez. Sponsor: Texas Department of Transportation.
  • Apr. 2013 to Dec. 2014. ‘Study of Large and Continuous Settlements Observed at Giddings Subdivision’. Total $ 100K. Pro-rated amount: $95K. PI: M. Sanchez. Sponsor: Union Pacific (UP).
  • Jul. 2011 to Jun. 2014. “RISMAC Project”. Total around $275K; Pro-rated amount: $125K. Competitive. PI from US. Funded by the European Commission C/Marie Curie IOF. Marie Curie Fellow: Dr. Marcin Zielinski.
  • Jun. 2012 to Sep. 2013. ‘ Modeling clay materials behavior incorporating coupled chemo-mechanical phenomena’. Total around $ 131K. Pro-rated amount: $131K. PI: M. Sanchez. Sponsor: Sandia National Laboratories, DOE. USA.
  • Mar. 2013 . Travel Grant to attend the “International Workshop on Thermoactive Geotechnical Systems for Near-Surface Geothermal Energy: from Research to Practice”, hold at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland. 25th to 27th Marc. 2013. Sponsor NSF. Total $ 2K. Pro-rated amount: $2K
  • Sep. 2011 to Jul. 2013. ‘ Rapid Field Detection of Moisture Content for Base and Subgrades’. Total around $ 315K. Pro-rated amount: $10K. Competitive. Researcher. Sponsor: Texas Department of Transportation.
  • Jan. 2009 to Dec. 2013. “Biogeochemical Applications in Nuclear Decommissioning and Waste Disposal”. Consortium of UK Universities, PI Dr. Lunn (USTRAT). Assessor Work-Package 2.3. Total $ 3M. Four years project, funded by EPSRC UK, reference EP/F055617/1.
  • May 2009 to May 2013. Project “GEO-EXCEL” (GEO-engineering EXChanges between Europe and Latin-America). Funded by EC/FP7 Marie Curie IRSES. PI while at Strathclyde, invited academic afterwards. Total around $ 600 K Sponsor: European Commission. The project involves 4 Universities from Europe (Strathclyde Univ.; Politecnico de Milan; UPC, Spain and Ecole Nacionale du Ponts et Chauses, Paris) and four Latin-American Universities (Univ. of Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil; UNAM, Mexico; Univ. of San Juan, Argentina; and Univ. of Brasilia, Brazil.
  • Oct. 2006 to Dec. 2010. “Numerical Modeling of Coupled Behavior in Unsaturated Soils”. Project leader. PhD student Mr. Marti Lloret. Funded by Synergy scholarship funding (UK).
  • Nov. 2007 to Nov. 2009. Project “MADUS”. (Modeling Anisotropy and Destructuration in Unsaturated Soils). Role: PI. Project funded one postdoctoral research fellow for 3 years, Dr Cordao Neto Total $ 375K from the EC. Contract: EC/FP6 MIF1-CT-2006-040375.
  • Dec. 2004 to Nov. 2008. Project “MUSE” (Mechanics of Unsaturated Soils for Engineering). Role: Member of the academic staff . Marie Curie Research Training Network, EC. Total $ 1.45M from the EC. Contact: MRTN-CT-2004-506861.
  • Feb. 2005 to Jan. 2009. Project “AMGISS” (Advanced Modeling of Ground Improvement on Soft Soils). Role: Member of the academic staff. Marie Curie Research Training Network, EC. Total $ 1.55M from the EC. Contact: MRTN-CT-2004-512120.
  • Feb. 2004 to Dec. 2007. Project “NF_PRO” (Understanding and physical and numerical modeling of the process in the near-field, and their coupling, for different host rocks and repository strategies). Role: Researcher. WP3. Integrated Project under the 6th Framework Program of the EC. Main partners: ENRESA (Spain); CIEMAT (Spain); UPC-CIMNE (Spain), BGR (Germany); SKB (Sweden); NIRAS/ONDRAF (Belgium); University of Wales (UK); POSIVA (Finland); SCK•CEN (Belgium); VTT (Finland); NAGRA (Switzerland), NERC-BGS (UK). Contact: FI6W-CT-2003-02389.
  • Jan. 2000 to Dec. 2004. Project “FEBEX II” (Full-scale Engineered Barriers EXperiment for a deep geological repository for high level radioactive waste in crystalline host rock). Continuation of FEBEX I. Role: Researcher. Multi-disciplinary project funded by the EC and ENRESA (Spanish national company for radioactive waste management). Main partners: ENRESA (Spain); CIMNE (Spain); SKB (Sweden); POSIVA (Finland); Czech Technical University in Prague (Czech); AITEMIN (Spain); Institute of geologic and mining research, BRGM (France); ANDRA (France); BGR (Germany), NAGRA (Switzerland); Clay Technology (Sweden); VBB VIAK (Sweden); NIRAS/ONDRAF (Belgium). Contract: FIKW-CT-2000-00016.
  • Jan. 1998 to Jan. 2000 Project “FEBEX I” (Full-scale Engineered Barriers EXperiment for a deep geological repository for high level radioactive waste in crystalline host rock). Role: Researcher. Funded by the EC and ENRESA. Contract: FI4WCT950006
  • Jan. 1998 to Dec. 1999. Project “GEOCODE” (Development of friendly interfaces for numerical codes oriented to the simulation of geotechnical and environmental problems). Role: Researcher. Funded by Ministry of Industry and Energy, Spain.

Awards, Prizes and Other Recognitions

  • International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE) ‘Outstanding Technical Committee Award’ period 2013-2107. Technical Committee: ‘TC308 on Energy Geotechnics’. TC308 Chair: Dr. Marcelo Sánchez
  • Outstanding Reviewer 2015. Journal “Computers and Geotechnics
  • Invited Professor, École Polytechnique Federal Lausanne (EPFL). Lausanne, Switzerland, Aug. 2015.
  • Outstanding Reviewer 2014. Journal “Computers and Geotechnics
  • ‘Impact on Research 2014’ Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University.
  • Appointed by the National Accreditation Board of Colombia to evaluate the graduate program in geotechnical engineering of the National University of Colombia, Bogota. Activities to be performed during Aug. and Sep. 2014.
  • Outstanding Reviewer 2013. Journal “Computers and Geotechnics”.
  • NRC, Canadian Geotechnical Journal, paper recognition with an “Editor’s Choice” for 2012; distinction granted to papers of particularly high caliber and topical importance. Paper: “Thermal–hydraulic–mechanical (THM) behaviour of a large-scale in situ heating experiment during cooling and dismantling” Can. Geotech. Jnl., 2012, 49:(10) 1169–1195, 10.1139/t2012-076
  • “George Stephenson Medal 2012”. Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE, UK) Prestigious award for outstanding papers published across all ICE Journals in 2011. Paper: Hydromechanical behaviour of a heterogeneous compacted soil: experimental observations and modeling”. Géotechnique 2011. Volume 61(5): 367 –386. DOI: 10.1680/geot.SIP11.P.015
  • Prize ‘Best Doctoral Thesis Session 2004-2005’. ‘School of Civil Engineering’. UPC, Barcelona, Spain. September 2006.
  • Awarded medal for outstanding research paper at the International Workshop 3x4: Constitutive Modelling and Analysis of Boundary Value Problems in Geotechnical Engineering, Naples, Italy. June 2003. Paper title: “Coupled thermo-mechanics and beyond”.

Fellowships

  • GIAN (Global Initiative Academic Network, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India) fellowship to visit National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India, 17th to 21st Dec 2018.
  • FAPESP (Sao Paulo Research Agency, Brazil) fellowship to visit the Universidade Estadual Paulista, Bauru, Brazil for two months (Feb. and Mar. 2017).
  • ASCE ExCEEd Fellow. The ASCE’s (American Society of Civil Engineering) Committee on Faculty Development selected Dr. Sánchez to attend the six-day 2014 ASCE ExCEEd (Excellence in Civil Engineering Education) Teaching Workshop at the Florida Gulf Coast University, Jun. 22nd -27 th, 2014.
  • Research fellowship CIMNE (UPC). January 2001 – May 2005.
  • Doctoral scholarship MUTIS program, AECI (Spanish Agency of International Cooperation). January 1998 – December 2000.
  • FOMEC program, Ministry of Education, Argentina. Scholarship to undertake the Master Course at UPC, Barcelona, Spain. January-December 1996.
  • Scholarship to attend the “XII International Course of Soil Mechanics and Engineering in Foundations”. Madrid, Spain. January-May 1994. ICI program (AECI, Spain).
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