- Civil and Environmental Engineering
Associate Professor Martinez’s research aims to further the understanding of soil behavior and soil-structure interaction to develop efficient solutions for geotechnical and infrastructure challenges. The research performed by Granular Materials Laboratory uses experimental (i.e. laboratory, centrifuge, and field) and numerical (i.e. DEM) techniques to link behaviors at the macro-and particle-scales. Martinez strongly encourage collaboration, often engaging in interdisciplinary research such as bio-inspired engineering design. This research is currently being implemented into geotechnical applications such as deep foundations, site characterization, earth retaining structures, and geosynthetics.
Awards & Honors
- 75th Géotechnique Anniversary Early Career Award, 2023
- ASCE Geo-Institute Arthur Casagrande Professional Development Award, 2022
- DFI Young Professor Paper Competition for paper titled “Skin friction directionality in monotonically- and cyclically-loaded bio-inspired piles in sand”, 2020
- NSF Career Award, 2020
- 2018-2019 UC Davis Hellman Fellow
- Goizueta Fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Tech
- Jean-Lou Chameau Research Excellence Award, Georgia Tech
- George F. Sowers Distinguished Ph.D. Student Award, Georgia Tech
- International Student Leadership Award, Georgia Tech.