Technical University of Catalonia-BarcelonaTech (UPC)

Short name: UPC
Full name: Technical University of Catalonia-BarcelonaTech
Address: Carrer Jordi Girona, 31, 08034 Barcelona, Spain
Principal investigator/contact: Dr. Marino Arroyo

The UPC is the top technical university in Spain, and is a major hub in mathematical modelling and computational mechanics (with 7 ERC grants by faculty members of the UPC in these fields). It nurtures a stimulating environment and specialized educational initiatives, such as the Erasmus Mundus Master in Computational Mechanics. The UPC is located at the Barcelona Knowledge Campus (BKC), together with the Universitat de Barcelona and various international research centers including IBEC, the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre and CIMNE, where Dr. Arroyo is affiliated.

Team Leader, Dr. Marino Arroyo graduated in civil engineering at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), and then obtained a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University in 2003. After a postdoctoral stay at Caltech with Prof. Michael Ortiz, he joined the UPC in 2005 where he is now an associate professor. He was also a long-term visitor at the Institute for the Mathematics and its Applications in Minnesota in 2005 in a thematic year on multiscale modeling in materials and macromolecules. His research combines mathematical modeling, theory, and computations to understand the small-scale mechanics of materials and biological systems. He has published 55 SCI-indexed publications in diverse fields including scientific computing, solid mechanics, soft matter, biomechanics or molecular simulation, and in journals such as Phys Rev Lett, PNAS, Nature Materials, or J Mech Phys Solids. He has an h-index of 19, and 1435 citations (according to Web of Science). He has received the ASME/BOEING Structures and Materials Award, the Zienkiewicz Young Scientist Award by ECCOMAS, and was the Timoshenko Visiting Scholar in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford. He was awarded a ERC-Starting grant in 2009 and a Consolidator grant in 2016. He has advised 7 PhD theses and 5 postdoctoral researchers.