Our research is directed towards the understanding, modeling, simulation, and quantitative prediction of complex mechanical systems, with special application to geomechanics. We are particularly interested in modeling instabilities in multi-phase porous media under static and dynamic loading by developing robust constitutive models and efficient techniques in computational inelasticity and finite element procedures.


2018 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize-Professor Jose Andrade

Professor Jose Andrade has been selected by the Committee on Technical Advancement to receive the 2018 Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize “for revolutionizing the field of granular geo-materials by replacing heuristic methodologies with rigorous multiscale modeling approaches based on scientific understanding of the mechanics and physics across scales and for defining new frontiers for the civil engineering profession including planetary exploration.”


2017 Thomas J.R.Hughes Young Investigator Award- Professor Jose Andrade

The Executive Committee of the ASME Applied Mechanics Division is pleased to announce and congratulate Professor José Andrade, George W. Housner Professor of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, as the recipient of the 2017 Thomas J. R. Hughes Young Investigator Award.  This award, which includes a medal, a plaque, and an honorarium, will be presented at the AMD Honors and Awards Banquet, tentatively scheduled on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, during the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, to be held in Tampa, Florida, November 3-9, 2017.

The Young Investigator Award was established in 1998 and renamed the Thomas J.R. Hughes Young Investigator Award in 2008. The Award recognizes special achievements in Applied Mechanics for researchers under the age of 41.

Professor Andrade received this award for seminar research contributing to the development of fundamental understanding of the multiscale and multiphysics behavior of porous media, with special

Geomechanics Group co-authored two new papers

Members of the Geomechanics Group co-authored two new papers as part of the Special Issue of Space Science Reviews dedicated to the InSight Mission to Mars https://link.springer.com/journal/11214/211/1/page/1

The papers co-authored by the Geomechanics Group are:

Experimental Investigation of InSight HP3 Mole Interaction with Martian Regolith Simulant; and Analysis of Regolith Properties Using Seismic Signals Generated by InSight’s HP3 Penetrator

For more information on these publications, visit our Featured Downloadable Publications http://www.geomechanics.caltech.edu/publications/featured.html


Geomechanics SURF Students

Our SURF Students are presenting their summer research Thursday, August 24 at 1:40pm in Baxter 25.


Landslides and Mudslides

José E. Andrade Speaks to Caltech social media outlets to explain the basic mechanics of landslides and mudslides.


Andrade named Housner Professor

José E. Andrade has been named the George W. Housner Professor of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at Caltech. The named professorship is in honor of the late George W. Housner, a professor at Caltech, an eminent authority in Earthquake and Civil Engineering, and a recipient of the National Medal of Science.

Professor Andrade Receives Thomas J.R. Hughes Young Investigator Award

José E. Andrade, Professor of Civil and Mechanical Engineering; Executive Officer for Mechanical and Civil Engineering, has been selected by the ASME Applied Mechanics Division to receive the 2017 Thomas J.R. Hughes Young Investigator Award. The award recognizes special achievements in Applied Mechanics for researchers under the age of 40.

Synopsis: Hidden Forces in a Pile of Sand

On August 24, 2016, Computational Geomechanics group was featured on Physics.APS.org. Check out the full article here.

Zero Gravity

On July 29, Caltech produced a video showcasing our work on mechanics of soils under zero gravity and extreme environments.



Geomechanics Attend EMI Conference in Nashville

In May 2016, the Computational Geomechanics group presented some of their most recent work at the annual Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference. Some of the highlights included talks from the group:

"Blurry boundary between science & art--our beautiful experiments showing force on opaque grains for first time ever!"

"Introducing the most accurate discrete element calculation ever! LS-DEM will change the way we study granular matter "

"My PhD student Liuchi Li presents his work on the effect of shape in granular avalanches at EMI. #ProudAdvisor " 05.22.16


Geomechanics Research in Microgravity Environments

On November 19th, four researchers affiliated with the Computational Geomechanics Group flew on a microgravity flight out of Melbourne, FL. The microgravity environments are achieved by flying a series of parabolas, where an increased gravity state is immediately followed by a decreased state with the specific gravity levels controlled by the shape of the parabolas.11.23.15 [Read more]



Professor Andrade Elected to Engineering Mechanics’ Board of Governors


José E. Andrade, Professor of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, has been elected as a member of the Board of Governors for the Engineering Mechanics Institute (EMI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). 9.25.14 [Read more]

Latest Paper


Check out our latest paper "On the contact treatment of non-convex particles in the granular element method", DOI: 10.1007/s40571-014-0019-2. [Read more]