People

Assistant professor
Ingrid Tomac

I am an Assistant Professor of geomechanics and geotechnical engineering at the Department of Structural Engineering, University of California San Diego. My research interests revolve around soil and rock mechanics, energy geotechnics and hazards such as are devastating post-wildfire mudflows. I wish to dedicate my research efforts towards creating a better world through exploration and development of civil engineering infrastructure for supporting renewable and sustainable energy resources. 

PhD student
Brian Yamashiro ORCID ID https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8105-7724

Brian Yamashiro is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Structural Engineering at University of California, San Diego. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University and Master of Science in Civil Engineering with an emphasis on Geotechnical Engineering from California State University, Fullerton. His research is focused on particle-fluid, two-phase flow behavior relating to use in fractured rock systems. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., he worked for more than eight years in the civil and construction industry.

Dejian Zhou
Mahta Movasat

Mahta Movasat is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Structural Engineering at University of California, San Diego. Her main research interest centers on the mudflow initiation mechanism in areas which have experienced wildfires. She is also interested in visiting and collecting soil from recently burned areas and characterizing it. 

Wenpei Ma ORCID ID https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6397-529X

I am a Ph.D Student within Professor Tomac's research group in the Department of Structural Engineering at University of California - San Diego. I obtained my B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering from University of Wisconsin - Madison. During my M.S. study at UCSD, I worked with Professor Tomac on proppant transport behavior in fractures. I am currently working on properties and behaviors of postfire mudflow as my doctoral research.

Masters student
Jonathon Chavez De Rosas

I am a graduate student working towards an M.S. in Structural Engineering. Having grown up watching my father make home renovations with a construction company, it is now my dream to aid in the design of multi-story buildings and bridges as a licensed structural engineer.

Skye Yang