Alejandro M. Aragón

Assistant Professor

Alejandro Marcos Aragón started working December 1st 2014 as an Assistant Professor in the Precision and Microsystems Engineering department of the Faculty of 3mE at TU Delft. Alejandro was born on November 10th, 1977, in San Juan, Argentina.

Alejandro obtained the degree of “Ingeniero Civil” from the Universidad Nacional de San Juan in 2001. He worked as a structural engineer for two years before he was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to pursue a M.Sc. degree in USA. He received his M.Sc. in 2006 and his Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). His doctoral dissertation focused on the computational design of microvascular biomimetic materials. During his Ph.D. program, Alejandro received the Mavis Memorial Scholarship Award in 2009 for academic excellence and research accomplishments. After obtaining his Ph.D., Alejandro held two postdoctorate appointments, where he conducted research on the computational modeling of heterogeneous materials (UIUC) and computational contact mechanics (EPFL, Switzerland).

His Ph.D. program and postdoctorate positions shaped Alejandro's research profile strongly on numerical methods. He has always worked at the boundary between computer science and engineering. Alejandro's research focuses on the creation of new enriched finite element technology and its application for solving complex engineering problems. He has worked on the design of novel materials and (origami) structures, the damage response of complex microstructures, the analysis and design of metamaterials—and phononic crystals in particular. Alejandro's latest research efforts revolve on the creation of new enriched finite element methods for the mesh-independent analysis of problems with discontinuities (for example material interfaces and cracks). His knowledge on enriched finite element methods is also taught in his own course "Advanced Finite Element Methods (ME46050)," which is taught in quarters 3 and 4. This course not only contains theory on enriched finite element formulations, but also benefits from the actual computer implementation to solve real engineering problems.

Alejandro M. Aragón