Group

Post-doctoral Researchers

JIBRIL B. COULIBALY

DEEPANSHU SHIROLE

Ph.D. Students

ANDONY LANDIVAR MACIAS

YIZE PAN

ANN MARIAM THOMAS

Master Students

LISA CASSINA

NICOLAS RICHARD

THOMAS WÜTHRICH

MANLU ZHANG

LEIMIN BU

Bachelor Students

NATHAN FRIEDLE

Past Members

STHEPHANE HARTMANN

MANAN SHAH

MATTHIAS WOJNAROWICZ

Descriptions

JIBRIL B. COULIBALY

Dr. Jibril B. Coulibaly is a post-doctoral fellow at Northwestern University and a qualified scholar in Mechanics and Civil Engineering of the French National Council of Universities. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanics from the University of Grenoble-Alpes, France and a dual M.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and the French National Institute of Applied Sciences of Lyon. His research interests span the mechanics of deformable structures, as well as soft and granular matter with an emphasis on both theoretical and computational problems. His most active area of interest focuses on scientific computing of multiphysical problems using particulate techniques. Dr. Coulibaly is the author of several peer-reviewed publications addressing non-linear engineering mechanics problems. He contributed to national projects in natural hazards mitigation for which he led the development of the Generock simulation software for flexible rockfall barriers. He is also involved in outreach programs for underrepresented communities in STEM.

DEEPANSHU SHIROLE

Dr. Deepanshu Shirole is a post-doctoral scholar at Northwestern University. His areas of specialization are geomechanics, applied geophysics, material characterization, damage evaluation, and non-destructive evaluation. He received his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 2019. His research primarily focused on the experimental assessment of the trans-scale mechanics associated with the progressive damage processes in intact rocks, and the non-destructive (ultrasonic-based) identification of the scale of rock damage. He also evaluated the coupled processes between rock damage and ultrasonic signatures. Dr. Shirole has several peer-reviewed publications on the subject of ultrasonics and rock deformational behavior. Dr. Shirole is also a recipient of the DAAD fellowship, and spent 7 months at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, working on the landslide runout mechanics.

ANDONY LANDIVAR MACIAS

Mr. Andony Landivar Macias is a Ph.D. candidate in Civil Engineering (Geomechanics) at Northwestern University. He obtained his B.Sc. in Civil and Environmental Engineering (with Honors) from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) and his M.Sc. in Geomechanics from Stanford University. His research areas of interest are geomechanics and engineering mechanics in a context of engineered materials. Andony is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and in UIUC he was an Edmund James Scholar. He has been recipient of multiple awards and fellowships in UIUC and Stanford University for excellent academic achievement.

YIZE PAN

Mr. Yize Pan is a Ph.D. candidate in Civil Engineering (Geomechanics) at Northwestern University. He obtained double M.Sc. degrees in Geotechnics from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, and Northwestern University in Evanston, USA, while his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Zhejiang University. He has been a recipient of multiple awards and fellowships in Zhejiang University for excellent academic achievement.

ANN MARIAM THOMAS

Ms. Ann Mariam Thomas is a PhD student in Civil Engineering (Geomechanics) at Northwestern University. She received her Bachelor of Arts at Colby College in Maine, where she studied Physics and Environmental Studies. At Colby, she was a Presidential Scholar and was involved in outreach programs for women in STEM. She is interested in studying new systems that mitigate environmental hazards and promote energy sustainability.

LISA CASSINA

Ms. Lisa Cassina will be doing her master thesis at Northwestern University on energy geostructures from September 2020. She obtained her bachelor’s degree at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), where she is continuing her education path with a master’s degree in geotechnics. Her areas of interest are geomechanics and structural mechanics in the context of energy production and storage applications.

NICOLAS RICHARD

Mr. Nicolas Richard will be doing his master thesis at Northwestern University on energy geostructures from February 2020. He obtained his bachelor’s degree at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), he then worked for a year abroad (France, South-Africa) to gain experience before continuing his education path with a master’s degree in geotechnics at EPFL. His areas of interest are geomechanics and computational science in the context of energy production including analytical descriptions of thermo-mechanical behaviour.

THOMAS WÜTHRICH

Mr. Thomas Wüthrich will be doing his master thesis at Northwestern University on energy geostructures from February 2020. He obtained his bachelor’s degree at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), where he is continuing his education path with a master’s degree in geotechnics. His areas of interest are geomechanics and structural mechanics in the context of energy production and storage applications.

MANLU ZHANG 

Ms. Manlu Zhang is currently pursuing her master’s degree at Northwestern University. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Exploration Technology and Engineering at Hefei University of Technology, China. She has been recipient of several awards and scholarships in Hefei University of Technology. Her area of interest is energy geostructures. 

NATHAN FRIEDLE

Mr. Nathan Friedle is currently a second-year undergraduate pursuing majors in Civil Engineering and Economics. He transferred to Northwestern in 2018 from DePaul University, where he studied Cinematography and Film Production. He originates from the Chicago area.