Faculty Profile for Dr. Wilson F Espinoza Chavez

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Dr. Wilson F Espinoza Chavez
Assistant Professor — Department of Engineering Technology
RFM 2240
phone: (512) 245-2137

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Ph.D. Civil Engineering
- Georgia Institute of Technology

M.S. Civil Engineering
- Purdue University

MDI - Real Estate and Project Management
- Universidad San Francisco de Quito

B.S. Civil Engineering
- Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador

Teaching Interests

Geotechnical Engineering, Civil Engineering Materials, Statics, Residential Construction

Research Interests

Geotechnical engineering, resilient and sustainable energy extraction technologies, energy storage systems, multi-physical subsurface processes, smart materials for a resilient built environment, and connections among multiscale geotechnics.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Espinoza Chavez, W. F., Pereira, J.-M., Kneafsey, T., & Dai, S. (2023). Mechanical and creep properties of granitic minerals of albite, biotite, and quartz at elevated temperature. Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gete.2023.100465
  • Espinoza Chavez, W. F. (2022, October). Lessons Learned from GEOLEGENDS, John R. Wolosick, PE, SE, D. GE, F.ASCE.
  • Espinoza Chavez, W. F. (2022). Engineering Research Visioning Alliance. 2022. The Role of Engineering to Address Climate Change: A Visioning Report.
  • Espinoza Chavez, W. F., Zhang, F., & Dai, S. (2022). Impacts of temperature on the mechanical properties of Longmaxi shale outcrops using instrumented nanoindentation. Geomechanics for Energy and the Environment. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gete.2022.100348

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Future Faculty Fellows, Georgia Institute of Technology. 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: CEE Gateways to France, Georgia Institute of Technology. 2019
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Outstanding Graduate Fundamental Research Award, Georgia Institute of Technology. 2018
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Scholarship for Advanced Education in Science, Technology and Innovation. 2016

Selected Grants

  • Moro, Carlos (Principal), Torres, Anthony S (Co-Principal), Espinoza Chavez, Wilson F (Co-Principal). Refinement of Reinforced Concrete Box Culvert Installation Guidelines, South Dakota Department of Transportation, Federal, $125000. (Funded: March 2024 - September 2025). Grant.
  • Torres, Anthony (Principal), Aguayo, Federico (Co-Principal), Shi, Xijun (Co-Principal), Moro, Carlos (Co-Principal), Espinoza, Wilson (Co-Principal). Developing a Performance-Based Concrete Overlay Mix Design for Improved Resistance to Early-Age Cracking and Increased Durability, Texas Department of Transportation, State, $700370. (Funded: September 2023 - August 2026). Grant.
  • Espinoza Chavez, Wilson F (Principal). TEXO award for equipment and student education, TEXO, $20000. (Submitted: November 2022, Funded: September 1, 2023 - Present). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

MSEC Dissertation proposal (Ph.D. Student: Aamar Danish)
November 21, 2023-Present
Postdoctoral Development Working Group
February 2023-Present
(Youth council/Member)
Ecuadorian Association of Georgia and the Southeast of the United States
Ecuadorian Association of Scholars and Practitioners (EASP)
Ecuadorians at Tech