Euclides De Mesquita Neto

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I was born in Curitiba, Paraná, where I went to high school and to an undergraduate course in Mechanical Engineering at the Federal University of Paraná, from 1974 to 1978. From 1979 to 1981 I took a Master of Science (MSc) program at the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Campinas, Unicamp. In 1979 I was hired as an instructor at Unicamp. From 1983 to 1989 I went for a PhD program in mechanical engineering at the Institut fuer Mechanik at the University of Hannover, with a Scholarship from DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). My PhD was supervised by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karl Popp and co-supervised by Prof. Dr.-Ing Lothar Gaul. In 1992 and 2005 I went for two short research stays at the Institut fuer Angewandte Mechanik (Institut for Applied Mechanics) at the University of Braunschweig, Germany. My host at the 2 occasions was Prof. Rer.-nat. Heinz Antes. Since 2004 I am professor at the Departamento de Mecânica Computacional (Dept. of Computational Mechanics) at the School of Mechanical Engineering at Unicamp. My research interests have been linked to the development of analytical and numerical tools to model the propagation of waves in unbounded domains. The development of Green’s functions, their implementation within the Boundary Element Method aiming applications in dynamic soil-structure interaction problems are at the center of my research activities. We have developed Green’s functions for layered geomechanical profiles including the effects of anisotropy and viscoelasticity. We have also implemented these solutions in direct and indirect versions of the Boundary Element Method. Throughout the years I have been able to gather a group of students and colleagues to keep on working together on the mentioned research topics. I have supervised many undergraduate Initiation to Science projects (ICs) as well as MSc dissertations, PhD Thesis and Post-Doctoral research projects. Parallel to my research activities, I have been committed to representative and administrative work. I have been head of the Department of Computational Mechanics for two terms. I did coordinate the Graduate Programs at the Unicamp’s School of Mechanical Engineering for one term. I had been advisor to the vice-president for research at Unicamp (Pró-reitor de Pesquisa) for 3 years (1996-1998). From 2001 to 2009 I have regularly been elected member of the University Council (the governing board at Unicamp). From 2009 to 2013, during the administration of Prof. Fernando Costa, I was vice-president for graduate affairs (Pró-reitor de Pós-graduação). I am member of the ASCE-EMI (American Society of Civil Engineers – Engineering Mechanics Institute) Elasticity Committee, starting in 2000. I will be chairing the ASCE Elasticity Committee form August 2014 to August 2015. Since 2008 I am member of the Engineering Coordination at Fapesp (the São Paulo Research Foundation). I have been recently re-elected member of the University Council for the term 2013-2015.

 

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