Jorge-Luis Barrera Cruz


Portrait of  Jorge-Luis Barrera Cruz
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    Staff Researcher Scientist
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    (925) 423-1881
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Dr. Barrera is a research scientist specializing in the efficient translation of continuum theory of multi-physics models into large-scale object-oriented finite element and gradient-based shape and topology optimization computational frameworks. With a solid background in design optimization, finite element analysis, computational structural mechanics, and multiphysics modeling, Dr. Barrera strives to optimize the performance of engineering systems and materials through advanced optimization techniques. His research contributions aim to advance scientific knowledge in automating design optimization processes and hold promising practical applications across various industries.

Dr. Barrera is a research scientist with a diverse educational background and expertise in multiple fields. He began his academic journey by completing a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering at ESPOL in Ecuador. Building upon this solid educational foundation, he furthered his studies and obtained a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University. Driven by a desire to explore design automation, he pursued a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado, Boulder. During his doctoral studies, Dr. Barrera conducted pioneering research on level set topology optimization using the eXtended Finite Element Method (XFEM), making significant contributions to the field. His work has been recognized and published in prestigious scientific journals, showcasing the profound influence of his research on the wider research community. Beyond his academic achievements, Dr. Barrera actively engages in conferences and collaborates with leading experts. Through these interactions, he fosters knowledge exchange, promotes collaboration, and drives progress in the fields of systematic design optimization methods and nonlinear analysis of sentient materials. Dr. Barrera's dedication to advancing these areas of study has established him as a valued contributor to the scientific community.

In addition to his research pursuits, Dr. Barrera is deeply committed to mentoring and nurturing the next generation of scientists and engineers. He has successfully supervised and mentored undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students, guiding them towards successful research endeavors. Outside of academia, Dr. Barrera finds joy in long hikes, playing tennis, and exploring outdoor activities in the mountains. He also takes pleasure in cooking and experimenting with new cuisines and ingredients.

Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado at Boulder

M.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University