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Nicolas Guarin Zapata

Department:

Civil Engineering

Advisor:

Dr. Pablo Zavattieri

Research Title:

Modeling of the dynamic behavior of naturally-occuring high performance composite materials


Research Description:

Computational Mechanics, Wave Propagation, Acoustics, Design of Materials, Applied Mathematics.

About Me:

Nicolás Guarín Zapata was born in Medellín-Colombia. He received his degree in 2009 in Engineering Physics in Universidad EAFIT in Colombia, writing his undergraduate thesis in the Design of a Digital Chess Board. In 2012 received a Master Degree in Engineering with emphasis in Computational Mechanics in the same university, his thesis was related with the Numerical Simulation of Wave Propagation Problems. From 2010 to 2013 he lecture some undergrad engineering courses (Electricity and Magnetism, Linear Algebra, Introduction to Continuum Mechanics). During 2011 and 2012 he worked in Grupo de Mecánica Aplicada at Universidad EAFIT (Applied Mechanics Group) applying the FEM and the BEM to seismic wave propagation and phononic crystals, as part of the Young Researcher and Innovators Program "Virginia Gutiérrez de Pineda" supported by Colciencias (Colombian Department of Science, Technology and Innovation).


Awards:

  • First Place, EAFIT University Mathematics and Physics Contest, 2003. Awarded full scholarship for first undergraduate semester.
  • Best High School Graduate Scholarship. Awarded by the Mayor of Medellín/Colombia to the 100 top students from the city for the ICFES test for high school graduates. Received full scholarship covering tuition expenses for the duration of undergraduate studies.
  • Young Researcher Scholarship "Virginia Gutiérrez de Posada". Awarded a monthly stipend to work for a year in a research group as a research assistant. Provided for Colciencias in 2011.
  • "Beca de Investigación". Awarded a scholarship for the MSc semester. Provided for Universidad EAFIT in 2012.
  • Young Researcher Scholarship "Virginia Gutiérrez de Posada". Awarded a monthly stipend to work for a year in a research group as a research assistant. Provided for Colciencias in 2012.

Publications:

  • "Caracterización de Imanes para aplicación en sistemas de sensado de posición". Revista Colombiana de Física Issue 1, Volume 42 pp.804 -808 ,2010 ISSN 0120-2650.
  • "Analytical Solutions for Confined Aquifers with non-constant Pumping using Computer Algebra" WSEAS TRANSACTIONS on FLUID MECHANICS Issue 3, Volume 1, March 2006 ISSN 1790-5087.
  • "Analytical Solution of a Spatial SIR Epidemic Model with Memory Inside a Circular Habitat with Endemic Memory using CAS" CSREA 2006 International Conference on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, June 2006. CSREA Press, pages 410–413.
  • "Introducción a la acústica de la bandola andina colombiana". Ricercare, Issue 1, Volume 1, December 2013.

Leadership:

  • Advertisement Chair of SIAM Purdue Student Chapter

Personal Page:

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