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Our Research Group

The Smart Structures research group is a multidisciplinary research lab at the University of Kentucky. One application of this research work shows how bio-inspired concepts for protection of civil infrastructure provides additional reliability even during extreme events where energy is a limited resource. This research lies in intersection of agent-based modeling, vibration control and evolutionary game theory which is a solid foundation for cross- and multi-disciplinary research.

Meet the Team

" One cannot discover new oceans unless one has the courage to lose sight of shore" - Andre Gide'

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Mariantonieta Gutierrez Soto, Ph.D.

Director and Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at University of Kentucky. Currently investigating multi-disciplinary research in smart civil engineering infrastructure.

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Amanda Bellamy

Graduate Researcher

 M.A. Architecture and M.S. Civil Engineering graduate student. Currently investigating dynamic building envelope.

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Amanda Melendez

Graduate Researcher

M.S. Civil Engineering graduate student.

Currently investigating community resilience

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Alejandro Palacio Betancur

Graduate Researcher

M.S. Civil Engineering.

Currently investigating smart structures.

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Laura Letellier

Graduate Researcher

Ph.D. Civil Engineering graduate student. Currently investigating vibration control of reinforced concrete structures subjected to multi-hazard events

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Phillip Antonio Thompson

PhD student

Ph.D. Family Science graduate student. Currently investigating family resilience analysis models

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Brandon Enbody

Undergraduate Researcher

B.S. Civil Engineering student. Currently investigating biomimicry of marine movements for community wind storm design

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Caylee Marshall

Undergraduate Researcher

B.S. Chemical Engineering student. Currently investigating bio-inspired structures

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Alex Nguyen

Undergraduate Researcher

B.S. Computer Engineering student. Currently investigating bio-inspired structures

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Chris Addington

Undergraduate Researcher

B.S. Civil Engineering student. Currently investigating bio-inspired structures

Meet the Alumni from this Research Group

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Daniel Gallutia

Former Undergraduate Researcher

B.S. Civil Engineering

Involved in investigating energy harvesting of wave energy converters and their performance in an array.

Now, works as a civil engineer at the Naval Sea Systems Command for the U.S. Navy

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Pablo Velasquez

Former Undergraduate Researcher

B.S. Electrical Engineering

Involved in investigating structural health monitoring using the IoT approach

Currently pursuing his M.S. Electrical Engineering at Grand Valley State University

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