Faculty Profile

BIOGRAPHY

  • Ph.D., Geoengineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2017
  • M.S., Geoengineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2014
  • M.S., Geotechnical Engineering, National University of Engineering, Peru, 2011
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, National University of Engineering, Peru, 2007

Jorge Macedo, Ph.D., P.E. is an Assistant Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Dr. Macedo received B.S (2007) and M.S (2011) degrees in civil engineering and soil mechanics, respectively, from the Peruvian National University of Engineering and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Geoengineering in 2014 and 2017 from the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of California Berkeley. Before joining UC Berkeley, Dr. Macedo practiced 5 years as a geotechnical engineer at Golder Associates, a global consultant firm, working on a range of challenging geotechnical and geo-environmental multi-disciplinary projects for the infrastructure, mining, and oil & gas sectors. He worked on major projects in Peru, Argentina, and Brazil from conception to detailed engineering design.

Dr. Macedo has expertise in the areas of Geotechnical earthquake engineering, advanced numerical modeling of geotechnical systems, performance-based design and risk assessment, assessment and mitigation of seismically-induced hazards, and mining geotechnics. Dr. Macedo’s research combines performance-based engineering and reliability tools with advance numerical modeling (e.g. FEM, FDM, MPM) to support the implementation of risk and hazard assessment in geo-hazards engineering, which can lead to a more sustainable design of geotechnical systems.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Geotechnical earthquake engineering
  • Advance numerical modelling in geotechnics (FEM, FDM, MPM, DEM)
  • Performance-based engineering, Risk and Reliability
  • Mining Geotechnics
  • Soil liquefaction
  • Machine learning
  • Resilient infrastructure design and smart cities

HONORS & AWARDS

  • Outstanding graduate student instructor award, University of California Berkeley, 2017.
  • ITASCA FLAC 3D mentorship and educational pattern award, 2016.
  • Travel grant award, University of California Berkeley, 2015.
  • Excellence Award for doctoral studies, Peruvian Government, 2014.
  • CEE Fellowship, University of California Berkeley, 2014.
  • CEE Fellowship, University of California Berkeley, 2013.
  • “CONEIC” best paper award, Peruvian committee of Civil Engineers, 2008.
  • “Eduardo de Habich” best undergrad student award, UNI, 2007.
  • “Student of the year award,” Huaraz mayor, 2001.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

ARTICLES
  • J. Macedo, J. Bray (2018). “Key trends in assessment of Liquefaction-Induced building settlement from numerical analyses”. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE JGGE) Journal. https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0001951.
  • J. Macedo, J. Bray, N. Abrahamson, T. Travasarou (2018). “Performance-based probabilistic seismic slope displacement procedure”. May 2018, Vol. 34, No. 2, pp. 673-695. https://doi.org/10.1193/122516EQS251M.
  • J. Bray, J. Macedo, T. Travasarou (2018). “Simplified Procedure for Estimating Seismic Slope Displacements for Subduction Zone Earthquakes”. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE JGGE) Journal. Vol. 144, Issue 3 (March 2018). https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)GT.1943-5606.0001833.
  • J. Bray, J. Macedo. (2017). “6th Ishihara lecture: Simplified procedure for estimating liquefaction-induced building settlement”, 6th Ishihara Lecture at the 19th ICSMGE. Soil dynamics and earthquake engineering Journal. Volume 102, November 2017, pages 215-231. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soildyn.2017.08.026.
  • C. Markham, J. Bray, J. Macedo, R. Luque (2016). “Evaluating nonlinear effective stress site response analyses using records from the Canterbury earthquake sequence”. Soil dynamics and earthquake engineering Journal. Volume 82, March 2016, pages 84–98. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soildyn.2015.12.007.
PROCEEDINGS
  • J. Bray, J. Macedo (2018). “Simplified evaluation of liquefaction-induced building settlements”. Geotechnical earthquake engineering and soil dynamics V. Austin, June 2018.
  • G. Candia, J. Macedo, C. Magna (2018). “An integrated platform for seismic hazard assessment in subduction zones”.11th National conference on earthquake engineering, June 2018.
  • J. Macedo, J. Bray, N. Abrahamson, T. Travasarou (2017). “Probabilistic simplified seismic performance assessment of earth slopes and geotechnical structures”. 3rd International Conference on Performance-based Design in Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering. Vancouver, July 2017
  • M. Riemer, J. Macedo, O. Roman, S. Paihua (2017). “Effects of stress state on the cyclic response of mine tailings and its impact on expanding a tailings impoundment”. 3rd International Conference on Performance-based Design in Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering. Vancouver, July 2017.
  • J. Macedo, J. Zuta, Z. Aguilar (2015). “Numerical seismic analysis of an instrumented earth dam in terms of the variability of the response design spectra”. 6th International Conference on Earthquake Geotechnical Engineering. Christchurch, New Zealand, November 2015.
REPORTS
  • C. Markham, J. Macedo, J. Bray, (2014). “Evaluating fully nonlinear effective stress site response analyses using records from the Canterbury earthquake sequence”. Final Technical report for U.S.G.S. Award Number: G13AP00029 Project Dates: 06/01/13 – 05/31/14
PRESENTATIONS
  • ASCE Golden Gate Branch October Dinner. San Francisco, California, October 2017
  • FLAC/FLAC3D Itasca advanced seismic numerical modeling short course. San Francisco, California, October 2017
  • Research seminar presentation. Imperial College London. August 2017
  • TECHSUYO conference, Invited speaker for the science section. Stanford University. August 2017
  • International conference on seismology and geotechnical earthquake engineering. Arequipa, Peru. May 2017