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Professional Service

  1. Chairman of the Technical Committee TC308 “Energy Geotechnics”. International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical (ISSMGE). Sep. 2013 to present.
  2. Member of the Unsaturated Soils Committee. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Jan. 2010 to present.
  3. Member of the Soil Properties and Modeling Committee. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Mar. 2011 to present.
  4. Member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Jul. 2010 to present.
  5. Member of the American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA). May 2013 to present.
  6. Invited instructor by “Plaxis bv” (http://www.plaxis.nl/) for the “Summer Plaxis Advanced Course on Computational Geotechnics”. New York, 27 th to 29 th Jun, 2012.
  7. Invited instructor by “Plaxis bv” (http://www.plaxis.nl/) for the “Plaxis Advanced Course on Computational Geotechnics”. Houston, Texas, 7 th to 8 th October, 2014

Conference Organizer, Committee Service and Session Chair

  • Conference/Symposium organizer
    1. Symposium on “ Energy Geotechnics ”, SEG2015. Barcelona, Spain, 1 st to 3 rd 2015. Co-organizer in collaboration with Professors Enrique Romero, Antonio Gens and Sebastia Olivella.
    2. 1 st International Conference on Geo-Energy & Geo-Environment (GeGe2015). 4 th to 5 th December 2015, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Member of the Organizing Committee.

  • Session organizer
    1. Co-organizer of the Technical Session#19 on Energy Geotechnics”. XVI Pan-American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (XVI PCSMGE), 17 th to 20 th Nov. 2019, Cancun, Mexico. Session Co-Chairs: Norma Patricia Lopez-Acosta (National University of Mexico) and Marcelo Sanchez .
    2. Co-organizer of the Mini-Symposium: “Multiphysics Analysis of Geo-energy Problems involving Non-isothermal Processes”. Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference 2019 (EMI 2019). California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA, June 19 th to 21 st 2019. Organizers: Tugce Baser (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign), and Marcelo Sanchez.
    3. Co-organizer of the Mini-Symposium: “Current advances and challenges associated with geological disposal for high level nuclear waste: from laboratory to field scale tests and modeling”. International Symposium on Energy Geotechnics (SEG-2018) . Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. 26 th to 28 th Sep. 2018. Organizers: Maria Victoria Villar (CIEMAT, Madrid, Spain), and Marcelo Sanchez.
    4. Co-organizer of the Panel Discussion on “Modeling and Analysis of Desiccation Cracking in Soils”. Second Pan-Am Unsaturated Soils Conference, Dallas, TX, Nov. 12-15, 2017. Organizers: Marcelo Sanchez and Gerry Miller (University of Oklahoma) .
    5. Co-organizer of the Technical Session: “Clay barriers performance in the long-term isolation of waste: thermal, hydro-mechanical and chemical interactions”. 16 th International Clay Conference (ICC), Granada, Spain. Granada 16 th to 21 st Jul 2017. Organizers: Jaime Cuevas (Autonomous Univ. of Madrid, Spain), Maria Victoria Villar (CIEMAT, Madrid, Spain), and Marcelo Sanchez.
    6. Co-convener of the session: “Session ID 12884: Hydrate bearing sediments:  characterization, modeling, and thermal, hydrological, and geomechanical behavior”. American Geophysical Union Fall 2016 Meeting , Dec. 2016, San Francisco, California. Conveners: Jeen-Shang Lin (Univ. of Pittsburgh), Yongkoo Seol (NETL, DOE), Marcelo Sanchez and Steve Phillips (The Univ. of Texas, Austin).
    7. Co-organizer of the Mini-Symposium: “Geomechanical characterization and modeling of hydrate bearing sediments”. 1 st International Conference on Energy Geotechnics . Kiel, Germany. 29 th to 31 st 2016. Organizers Marcelo Sanchez and Christian Deusner.
    8. Co-organizer of the Technical Session B21: “Energy Geotechnics”. 2016 Geo-Chicago: Sustainability, Energy, and the Geoenvironment . August 14 th to 18 th , 2016. Organizers: Marcelo Sanchez Xinbao Yu (Univ. of Texas at Arlington).
    9. Co-organizer of the Technical Session: “Effect of Desiccation Cracking on Geo-structures”, 2016 ASCE Geotechnical and Structural Engineering Conference . Phoenix, Arizona. 14 th to 17 th 2016. Organizers: Marcelo Sanchez , Gerald Miller (Univ. of Oklahoma).
    10. Co-organizer of the Technical Session: “Soil-structure Interaction for Energy Geo-structures”, ASCE Geotechnical and Structural Engineering Conference . Phoenix, Arizona. 14 th to 17 th 2016. Organizers: Sherif Abdelaziz (Stony Brook Univ.). Marcelo Sanchez .
    11. Co-convener of the session: “Session ID 7432: Hydrate bearing sediments: characterization, modeling and implications on geohazard and gas production”. American Geophysical Union Fall 2015 Meeting , Dec. 2015, San Francisco, California. Conveners: Jeen-Shang Lin (Univ. of Pittsburgh), Yongkoo Seol (NETL, DOE), Timothy Kneafsey (Berkeley National Lab), and Marcelo Sanchez .
    12. Co-organizer of the Minisymposium: “Multiphysical Modeling of Geomaterials”. 13 th US National Congress on Computation Mechanics . San Diego, California, 26 th to 30 th 2015. Session organized in collaboration with Drs. WaiChing Sun, Qiushi, Chen and Craig Foster.
    13. Co-organizer of the Track: “Geo-Engineering for Energy and Sustainability”. XV Pan-American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering . Buenos Aires, Argentina. 15 th to 18 th 2015. Track Coordinator. Track consists of three components: a Keynote Lecture, a Panel Session and two Technical Sessions. Organizers: Marcelo Sanchez , Guillermo Narsilio (The Univ. of Melbourne, Australia), Jose Alvarellos (Repsol Oil Company, Spain) and Leonardo Guimarães (Univ. Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil).
    14. Co-convener of the session: “Session ID 1457: Hydrate bearing soils: characterization, modeling and geomechanical implications”. American Geophysical Union Fall 2014 Meeting , Dec. 2014, San Francisco, California. Conveners: Jeen-Shang Lin (University of Pittsburgh), Yongkoo Seol (NETL, DOE), Timothy Kneafsey (Berkeley National Lab), and Marcelo Sanchez
    15. Co-organizer of the Session: “Modeling Coupled Hydro-Mechanical-Thermal-Chemical Processes” 20 th International Conference on Computational Methods in Water Resources (CMWR 2014) Stuttgart, Germany (9 th to 13 th , 2014). Organizers: Marcelo Sanchez and Carl Steefel (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.)
    16. Co-convener of the session: “MR012: Mudstone Multiphysics: Matrix to Fractures and Back Again”. American Geophysical Union Fall 2012 Meeting , Dec. 2012, San Francisco, California. Conveners: Thomas Dewers (Sandia National Lab.), Jason Heath (Sandia National Lab.) Dr. Peter Eichhubl (Bureau of Economic Geology, Texas University), and Marcelo Sanchez .
    17. Co-organizer of the Panel Session: “Impact of Desiccation Cracking and Tensile Strength on the Stability and Performance of Slopes and Embankments”. 2013 Geo-Congress: Stability and Performance of Slopes and Embankments III . San Diego, California. 3 rd to 6 th 2013. Organizers: Marcelo Sanchez , Louis Ge (National Taiwan Univ. of Science and Technology), Kuo-Hsin Yang (National Taiwan Univ. of Science and Technology) and Lyesse Laloui (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology).
    18. Co-organizer of two Technical Sessions on “Impact of Desiccation Cracking and Tensile Strength on the Stability and Performance of Slopes and Embankments”. 2013 Geo-Congress: Stability and Performance of Slopes and Embankments III . San Diego, California 3 rd to 6 th 2013. Organizers: Marcelo Sanchez , Louis Ge (National Taiwan Univ. of Science and Technology), Kuo-Hsin Yang (National Taiwan Univ. of Science and Technology) and Lyesse Laloui (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology).

  • International conferences and other events. Committee service
    1. 1 st International Conference on Sustainability in Geotechnical Engineering , Lisbon, Portugal, 27 th to 30 th 2021. Member of the International Advisory Committee
    2. 3 rd Pan American Conference on Unsaturated Soils , Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 25 th to 28 th 2021. Member of the Advisory Committee.
    3. 16 th International Conference of the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (16IACMAG), Torino, Italy. 29 th to 3 rd Jul. 2020. Member of the International Scientific Committee.
    4. 4 th European Conference on Unsaturated Soils (E-UNSAT 2020). Lisbon, Portugal, from 24 th to 26 th June 2020. Member of the Scientific Committee.
    5. 7 th Asia-Pacific Conference on Unsaturated Soils : ‘AP-UNSAT2019’. Nagoya, Japan. 23 rd to 25 th 2019. Member of the International Technical Committee.
    6. 7 th International Symposium on Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials - IS-Glasgow2019 . Glasgow, Scotland, 26 th -28 th 2019. Member of the Technical Committee for the ‘Laboratory Stress Strain Strength Testing of Geomaterials.
    7. Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference 2019 (EMI 2019). California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA, June 19 th to 21 st Co-Track Leader: Multiscale and Multiphysics.
    8. First International Offshore Geotechnics Symposium : VSOE2018’. Hanoi Vietnam 1 st to 3 rd 2018. Members of the International Scientific Committee
    9. The Second Pan American Conference on Unsaturated Soils . Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, USA. Geo-Institute - ASCE. Nov. 2017. Local Chair.
    10. Second International Symposium on Coupled Phenomena in Environmental Geotechnics ( CPEG2 ). University of Leeds, UK. September 6 th and 7 th , 2017. Member of the Symposium’s Technical Advisory Committee.
    11. 2 nd International Conference on Geo-Energy and Geo-Environment (GeGe2017). 5 th to 7 th July, 2017. Zhejiang University Hangzhou, China. Member of the International Advisory Committee.
    12. 5 th International Conference on Geotechnical Engineering & Soil Mechanics . Teheran. Iran 15 th to 17 th November 2016. Member of the Conference’s Scientific Committee.
    13. 1 st International Conference on Energy Geotechnics. Kiel, Germany. 29 th to 31 st 2016. Member of the international advisory committee.
    14. 16 th European Conference on Unsaturated Soils, E-UNSAT'16, Paris, France, 12 th to 14 th September 2016
    15. XV Pan-American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering . Buenos Aires. 15 th to 18 th 2015. Member of the international advisory committee.
    16. 4 th Unsaturated Soils: Research & Applications . Sydney, Australia. 2 nd to 4 th 2014. Member of the international advisory committee
    17. 1 st Pan-American Conference on Unsaturated Soils . Cartagena, Colombia, 20 th to 22 nd 2013. Member of the international advisory committee.
    18. 2 nd European Conference on Unsaturated Soils . Naples, Italy. 20 th to 22 nd 2012. Member of the international advisory committee.
    19. 5 th International Conference on Unsaturated Soils . Barcelona, Spain. 6 th to 8 th 2010. Member of the international advisory committee.
    20. 5 th Workshop New Frontiers on Computational Geotechnics. Brisbane, Australia. 26 th to 27 th 2010. Member of the international advisory committee.
    21. 4 th Asian Pacific Conference on Unsaturated Soils . Newcastle, Australia. 23 rd to 25 th 2009. Member of the international advisory committee.
    22. 2 nd International Workshop on Geotechnics of Soft Soils . Glasgow UK. 3 rd to 5 th 2008. Member of the local organizing committee.
    23. 1 st European Conference on Unsaturated Soils . Durham United Kingdom. 30 th - 4 th Jul. 2008. Member of the scientific committee.
    24. International Conference on Geotechnical and Highway Engineering , GEOTROPIKA 2008. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 25 th to 28 th May 2008. Member of the international advisory committee.

  • Session chairman and panelist
    1. Chairman of the “Technical Session#19 on Energy Geotechnics”. XVI Pan-American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (XVI PCSMGE), 19 th to 20 th 2019, Cancun, Mexico.
    2. Chairman of the “Plenary Lecture 2” at the “ 3 rd Br Interpore Conference in Porous Media ”. National Laboratory for Scientific Computation. Petropolis, Brazil. 5 th to 8 th Aug 2019.
    3. Chairman of the “PS 2.5: Constitutive Modelling Session” 2 at the 7 th International Symposium on Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials, Glasgow, 26 th to 28 th Jun 2019.
    4. Co-Chairman of a Plenary Session at the 8 th International Congress on Environmental Geotechnics (ICEG). Hangzhou, China, 28 th to 1 st Nov. 2018.
    5. Co-Chairman of the Mini-Symposium: “Current Advances and Challenges Associated with Geological Disposal. International Symposium on Energy Geotechnics (SEG-2018) . Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), 26 th to 28 th Sep. 2018.
    6. Chairman of the Technical Session: “Modeling of Cracked Soils and Effects of Cracking”. Second Pan-Am Unsaturated Soils Conference, Dallas, TX, Nov. 12 to 15, 2017.
    7. Panelist of the Panel Discussion on “Modeling and Analysis of Desiccation Cracking in Soils”. Second Pan-Am Unsaturated Soils Conference, Dallas, TX, Nov. 12 to 15, 2017.
    8. Chairman of the TC308 Workshop: “Energy Geotechnics: Current and Future Challenges”. 19 th International Conference for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. (ICSMGE). Seoul, Korea, 20 st 2017.
    9. Chairman of the Technical Session on “Energy Geotechnics”.19 th Seoul, Korea, 21 st Sep. 2017.
    10. Chairman of the Keynote Lecture “Analysis of the vertical deformation of energy pile groups” delivered by Prof. Lyesse Laloui. Kiel, Germany. 29 th to 31 st 2016.
    11. Chairman of the Keynote Lecture “Subsurface energy storage: determining impacts of heat or gas storage in the subsurface” delivered by Prof. y Sebastian Bauer. Kiel, Germany. 29 th to 31 st 2016.
    12. Co-moderator Technical Session: “Effect of Desiccation Cracking on Geo-structures”, 2016 ASCE Geotechnical and Structural Engineering Conference. Phoenix, Arizona. 14 th to 17 th 2016.
    13. Co-moderator Technical Session: “Soil-structure Interaction for Energy Geo-structures”, ASCE Geotechnical and Structural Engineering Conference. Phoenix, Arizona. 14 th to 17 th 2016.
    14. Chairman “Session 1 on Energy Geotechnics”. 1 st International Conference on Geo-Energy and Geo-Environment (GeGe2015). 4 th and 5 th December, Hong Kong.
    15. Chairman of the Panel Session: “Geo-Engineering for Energy and Sustainability”. XV Pan-American Conference on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 15 th to 18 th 2015.
    16. Invited Panelist, Research Workshop: ‘Fossil-based Technologies for Energy’. Texas A&M Energy Institute. College Station, USA. 12 th 2015
    17. Moderator of the Panel Session 4 on “Gas Hydrate Sediments” Symposium on Energy Geotechnics”, SEG2015. Barcelona, Spain, 1 st to 3 rd 2015.
    18. Chairman of the “Joint Session TC215-TC308 on Session Energy Geoenvironmental Technology” at the 7 th International Congress on Environmental Geotechnics (7ICEG). Melbourne, Australia (7 th to 10 th 2014).
    19. Chairman of the Plenary Session on “Measuring stiffness of soils in situ”. 14 th International Conference of the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (14IACMAG), Kyoto, Japan (22 nd to 25 th 2014).
    20. Invited Panelist at the mini-symposium on “Soil-Atmosphere Interaction”. 14 th International Conference of the International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (14IACMAG), Kyoto, Japan (22 nd to 25 th 2014).
    21. Chairman of the three sessions on “Modeling Coupled Hydro-Mechanical-Thermal-Chemical Processes” (Sessions 19). 20 th International Conference on Computational Methods in Water Resources (CMWR 2014) Stuttgart, Germany (9 th to 13 th , 2014).
    22. Invited Panelist at the “Energy Geotechnique panel” hold during the PGS Workshop on Energy Geotechnics . Purdue University. 6 th 2014.
    23. Chairman of the Panel Session: “Impact of Desiccation Cracking and Tensile Strength on the Stability and Performance of Slopes and Embankments”, which took place during the 2013 Geo-Congress: Stability and Performance of Slopes and Embankments III . San Diego, California. 3 rd to 6 th 2013.
    24. Chairman of a Technical Sessions on “Impact of Desiccation Cracking and Tensile Strength on the Stability and Performance of Slopes and Embankments”; which took place during the 2013 Geo-Congress: Stability and Performance of Slopes and Embankments III . San Diego, California 3 rd to 6 th 2013.
    25. Chairman of Session: “Coupled hydro-mechanical and chemical analysis of saturated and unsaturated soils and rock”. 1 st Pan-American Conference on Unsaturated Soils . Cartagena, Colombia. Feb. 2013
    26. Chairman of Session: “Environmental Geotechnics”. 2 nd European Conference on Unsaturated Soils , Naples, Italy. Jul. 2012.
    27. Chairman of Session: ‘Mechanical Characterization’. 4 th Asian Pacific Conference on Unsaturated Soils’ . Newcastle, Australia. Nov. 2009.
    28. Chairman of Session ‘Constitutive Modelling I’. 1 st European Conference on Unsaturated Soils . Durham Unites Kingdom, July 2008.
    29. Co-Chairman of Session 03B: ‘Hydration/Dehydration’. ANDRA Symposium: Using Natural and Engineered Clay-based Barriers for the Containment of Radioactive Waste . Tours, France, 2005.
    30. Secretary of Session 6: ‘Stability Analysis and Tunnels’. Discussion Leader: Prof. G.N. Pande. International Workshop of Young Doctors in Geomechanics 2002 . Paris, France. Dec. 2002.

Department and University Service at Texas A&M University - USA

  1. Dean of Faculties and Associate Provost Search Committee (College of Engineering delegate). Nov. 2018.
  2. Graduate Advisor Geotechnical Program. Set. 2017 to present.
  3. Search Committee Faculty in Construction Engineering.
  4. Faculty Advisor of the Texas A&M University Geo-Institute of ASCE. Aug. 2013 – present.
  5. CEOB Reorganization Committee. Zachry Department of Civil Eng. Sep. 2016 – Jan. 2017.
  6. Curriculum Committee. Zachry Department of Civil Engineering. Mar. 2015 -2018.
  7. Curriculum Transformation Team. Zachry Department of Civil Eng. Mar. 2015 – present.
  8. Member of the search committee. Faculty Position in Construction Engineering. 2015-2016
  9. Member of the search committee. Faculty Position in Geotechnical Engineering. 2014-2015
  10. Center for Tectonophysics, TAMU. Associated faculty. Sep. 2011 to present.
  11. Texas A&M Energy Institute. Faculty member. Oct. 2011 to present.

Department and University Service at Strathclyde University - UK

  1. Session 2008/2009: PhD Program Manager (Civil and Environmental Engineering).
  2. Session 2007/2008: Program Leader for the MSc in ‘Geotechnics in Partnership with the Industry’.
  3. Sessions 2005/2006 and 2006/2007: 2 nd Year Coordinator. Undergraduate program, Civil Engineering.

International Journal Editorial Board Member and Guest Editor

  1. Editorial Board Member of the journal Computers and Geotechnics (2014 to present).
  2. Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (2014 to present).
  3. Editorial Board Member of the Journal Soils and Foundations (2014 - 2017).
  4. Editorial Board Member of the journal Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering ASCE’ (2015 to present).
  5. Editorial Board Member of the journal Journal of Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment (2015 to present).
  6. Editorial Board Member of the journal Canadian Geotechnical Journal (2017 to present).
  7. Editorial Board Member of the Journal Environmental Geotechnics’ (2108 to present).
  8. Editor for North America, Bulletin ISSMGE . International Society for Soils Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (2015 to present).
  9. Guest Editor: ‘ Journal of Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment’ . ‘SEG-2015-Part I’. Selected papers submitted to the SEG-2015, Barcelona, Spain, June 2 nd to 4 th https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gete.2016.05.002
  10. Guest Editor: Journal of Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment . ‘SEG-2015-Part II’ Continuation of ‘SEG-2015-Part I’. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2352-3808(16)30111-3
  11. Guest Editor Journal ‘ Environmental Geotechnics’ . Themed issue ‘XV Pan-American Conference Selected papers on Energy Geotechnics’. https://doi.org/10.1680/jenge.2017.4.2.67 .
  12. Guest Editor: ‘Journal of Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment’. Themed Issue ‘Position Papers on Energy Geotechnics’ (in progress).
  13. Guest Editor: ‘Journal of Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment’. Themed Issue ‘Methane Gas Hydrates Sediments’ (in progress).
  14. Guest Editor: Journal ‘Renewable Energy Journal’, Special Issue on ‘ Shallow Geothermal Energy ’ (in progress).

Reviewer for Technical Journals and Research Proposals

  • Journals
    1. International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics.
    2. Géotechnique.
    3. Water Resources Research.
    4. Computer and Geotechnics.
    5. Canadian Geotechnical Journal.
    6. Engineering Geology.
    7. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth.
    8. Applied Clay Science.
    9. Annals of the Brazilian. Academy of Sciences.
    10. Journal of Hydrology.
    11. Journal of Structural Geology.
    12. Boletín Geológico y Minero (Spain)
    13. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology.
    14. Geotechnical Testing Journal
    15. Soils and Foundations
    16. Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering
    17. Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering
    18. Proceeding of the Royal Society (UK)
    19. Journal of Testing and Evaluation
    20. Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities
    21. International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences.
    22. Géotechnique Letters.
    23. Environmental Geotechnics.
    24. Computers & Geosciences.
    25. Journal of Engineering Mechanics.
    26. Journal of Geotechnical and Geological Engineering.
    27. International Journal of Geomechanics.
    28. The Journal of Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources.
    29. Geotextiles & Geomembranes
    30. Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering
    31. Acta Geotechnica
    32. Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment
    33. Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth - AGU
    34. Marine Structures
    35. Journal of Mechanics of Materials and Structures
    36. Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering
    37. G-Cubed Geochemistry, Geophysics and Geosystems - AGU
    38. Journal of Cleaner Production

  • Proposals
    1. NSF (National Science Foundation, USA), Geomechanics and Geomaterials Program. Panelist: 2013, 2018.
    2. NSF, Geomechanics and Geomaterials Program. Proposal reviewer: 2012, 2013, 2015.
    3. NSF, Geophysicss Program. Proposal reviewer: 2018.
    4. NSF, Hydrologic Sciences Program. Proposal reviewer: 2014.
    5. NSF, Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Panelist: 2012.
    6. DoE (Department of Energy, USA), Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP). Proposal reviewer: 2011, 2013, 2015, 2018, 2019.
    7. Office of Basic Energy Sciences. Geosciences Research Program. Proposal Reviewer: 2011.
    8. DoD (Department of Defense, USA) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP). Proposal reviewer: 2018.
    9. The Leverhulme Trust (UK). Proposal reviewer: 2011.
    10. Dutch Technology Foundation (STW, The Netherlands). Proposal reviewer: 2010.

External Examiner/Reviewer of PhD Theses Abroad

  1. Yanling Li . PhD thesis title: ‘On the impact of temperature perturbations on the creep of sensitive clay’. Chalmers University of Technology , Sweden, 26 th 2019.
  2. Octavio E. Cardenas-Diaz , PhD thesis title: ‘Collapse Behavior upon Wetting of a Clayed-Sand Subjected to a Generalized Stress State’. Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) , Spain. Oct. 2018
  3. Benjamin Michael Shannon, PhD thesis title: ‘Fracture propagation of cohesive soils under tensile loading and desiccation’. External examiner. Monash University. Nov. 2013.
  4. Khaled Khalil Altarawne, PhD thesis title: ‘Experimental and Numerical Studies of Diffusion in Geomaterials’. External examiner. The University of Newcastle. Jul. 2011.
  5. Annan Zhou, PhD thesis title: ‘Constitutive Modelling of Hydromechanical Behaviour of Unsaturated Soils’. External examiner. The University of Newcastle. Jun. 2011.
  6. Abel Jacinto, PhD thesis title: ‘Numerical modeling of clay barrier for nuclear waste disposal at high temperature’. External examiner. School of Civil Engineering, Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) . Barcelona, Spain. Sep. 2010.
  7. Lakshmikantha, M. R. PhD thesis title: ‘Experimental and theoretical analysis of cracking in drying soils’. External examiner. School of Civil Engineering Technical, University of Catalonia (UPC ). Barcelona, Spain. Apr. 2009.
  8. Francesco Cecinato . PhD thesis title: ‘Thermo-poro-mechanical modelling of large-scale landslides’. External examiner. School of Civil Engineering, University of Southampton UK . Marc. 2009.
  9. Sérgio Lourenço PhD thesis title: ‘Suction measurements and water retention in unsaturated soils’. External examiner. Durham University, Durham , UK . 2008.
  10. Iván Rafael Berdugo De Moya. PhD thesis title: ‘Tunnelling in sulphate-bearing rocks – expansive phenomena’. External reviewer. Technical University of Catalonia, Spain. Dec. 2007.
  11. Salvatore Castagna. PhD thesis title: ‘Thermo Hydraulic Behaviour of Unsaturated Salt Aggregates’, External examiner. School of Civil Engineering, Technical University of Catalonia (UPC ). Barcelona, Spain. May 2007.
  12. Liange Zheng. PhD thesis title: ‘Coupled Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical-Geochemical modes for deformed structured porous media’. External examiner. University of La Coruña, A Coruña, Spain. Nov. 2006.
  13. Dorival Pedroso. PhD thesis title: ‘Mathematical representation of the mechanical cyclic behaviour of saturated and unsaturated soils’. University of Brasilia , Brasilia, Brazil. Sep. 2006.

Other Activities

  • Instructor of Pre-Congress Courses
  1. XVI Pan-American Conf. on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering Title: ‘Shallow Geothermal Energy: from the basics to the practice’. Cancun, Mexico. 17 th 2019. Instructors: Marcelo Sánchez & Norma P. Lopez (upcoming)
  2. Pan-American Conference eon Unsaturated Soils (UNSAT 2017). Pre-conference course. Title: ‘Simple methods to characterize and model unsaturated soil behavior’. Nov. 12 th Intercontinental Dallas, Dallas, Texas USA. Instructors: Xiong Zhang, Laureano Hoyos & Marcelo Sánchez
  3. XV Pan-American Conf. on Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering Title: ‘Advance course on coupled multiphysics analysis in geo-engineering’. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 15 th 2015.
  • Guest Lectures
  1. Guangzhou University, Guangzhou, China (12/02/2019).
  2. China University of Geoscience, Wuhan, China, (10/21/2019).
  3. Universidade do Sao Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil (08/14/2019).
  4. National University of San Juan, Argentina (07/26/2019).
  5. Chalmers University, Gothenburg, Sweden (03/28/2019).
  6. WSP Headquarter Office, New York, USA (06/24/2109).
  7. Universidade de Sao Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil. (08/14/2019).
  8. Auburn University, Alabama, USA (02/07/2019).
  9. Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China (10/26/2018).
  10. University de Houston, Houston, USA (10/5/2018).
  11. Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain (06/24/2018).
  12. Imperial College, London, UK (07/20/2017).
  13. Monash University, Victoria, Australia (05/11/2017).
  14. Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (03/20/2017).
  15. Universidade Estadual Paulista. Bauru, Brazil (03/14/2017).
  16. Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil (03/09/2017).
  17. Universidade Federal de Campina Grande. Campina Grande, Brazil (03/08/2017).
  18. Universidade de São Paulo, Escola de Engenharia de São Carlos, Brazil (02/17/2017).
  19. "Corky" Frank '58 Graduate Seminar Series, Petroleum Eng. TAMU (10/18/2016).
  20. National University of San Juan, Argentina (08/18/2016).
  21. Pontifical University of Chile, Chile (08/10/2016).
  22. Australian Geomechanics Society, Melbourne, Australia (06/07/2016).
  23. King Saud University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (11/02/2016).
  24. National University of San Juan, Argentina (11/13/2015).
  25. The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, USA (10/30/2015)
  26. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland (08/13/2015) and (08/27/2015).
  27. Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK (10/09/2015).
  28. Northwestern University, Evanston, USA (12/2014).
  29. Australian Geomechanics Society, Melbourne, Australia (07/2014).
  30. Monash University, Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia (07/2014)
  31. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA. (01/24/2014)
  32. Universidade Federal de Pernanbuco, Recife-Brazil (05/2013)
  33. Universidade Estadual Paulista. Bauru, Brazil. (05/2013)
  34. Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque-US (01/2012) and (10/2012)
  35. University of Texas at San Antonio (02/2011)
  36. Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque-US (01/2011)
  37. Universidade Federal de Pernanbuco, Recife-Brazil (08/2010)
  38. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, San Francisco-US (06/2010)
  39. The University of Western Australia, Perth-Australia (11/2009)
  40. University of Glasgow, Glasgow-UK (11/08)
  41. Universidade Federal de Pernanbuco, Recife-Brazil (07/2008)
  42. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston-US (03/2008)
  43. Universidade Federal de Pernanbuco, Recife-Brazil (08/2007)
  44. Universidade de Brasilia, Brazilia-Brazil (06/2007)
  45. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow (02/2007)
  46. Durham University, Durham-UK (11/2006)
  47. National Univ. of Tucuman, Tucuman- Argentina (10/07/2006)
  48. Tongji University, Shanghai-China (05/26/2006)
  49. University Teknologi Malaysa, Johor Darul Ta’Zim- Malaysia (03/17/2006).
  50. Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS), Surabaya-Indonesia (03/14/2006).
  • Short Courses
  1. “Modeling Soil Behavior Using Critical State Concepts . Instituto de Geociências, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Mar. 13 th
  2. “Coupled Unsaturated and THM Behavior of Soils and Rocks. Applications to Geo-Energy and Geo-Environmental Problems”. GIAN Course. National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India, Dec. 17 th to 21 st 2018
  3. “Numerical and experimental investigation on thermo-hydro-mechanical behavior of unsaturated soils and rocks”. Universidade Estadual Paulista, Bauru, Brazil. Mar 13 th to 17 th . 2017.
  4. “Introduction to the Mechanical and Flow Behavior of Porous Media”. Universidade Estadual Paulista, Bauru, Brazil. Jun, 29 th and 30 th . 2016.
  5. “Modeling of coupled Thermo-Hydro-Mechanical problems”. Georgia Institute of Technology. Nov. 12 th to 15 th Apr 2007.
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