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Alba Yerro-Colom

Assistant Professor
Alba Yerro-Colom, Assistant Professor
111-A Patton Hall
Blacksburg, VA, USA 24061
Mail Code: (0105)

Program Area : Geotechnical Engineering

Area of Interest

Numerical methods in geotechnical engineering; Material Point Method, Slope stability, Failure initiation and run-out prediction; Soil-water-structure interaction

  • Ph.D., Geotechnical Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain), 2015
  • M.Sc., Civil Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain), 2009
  • Construction manager assistant, Cots i Claret (Spain), June 2007 - September 2007
  • Research Assistant, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Department of Geotechnical Engineering (Spain), Sep 2008 - Sep 2015
  • Research Visitor, Deltares (The Netherlands) Feb 2011 - July 2011, Sep 2011- Oct 2011
  • Research Assistant, International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering (Spain), Jan 2015 - Nov 2015
  • Postdoc, University of Cambridge, Engineering Department (United kingdom) Dec 2015 - May2017
  • Telford Gold Medal, 2015, Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Extraordinary Ph.D. Award, 2017, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
  • CEE 3514 : Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering
  • CEE 5984 : (Fall 2018) Modeling with MPM
  • CEE 5500 : Numerical Methods in Geotechnics
  • Yerro A, Rohe A, Soga, K. (2017) Modelling internal erosion with the Material Point Method. Proc. 1st International Conference on the Material Point Method. 10th -13th January, Delft, The Netherlands.
  • Parera F, Pinyol N, Alvarado M, Yerro A. (2017) Novel procedure to validate MPM results with PIV measurements. Proc. 1st International Conference on the Material Point Method. 10th -13th January, Delft, The Netherlands.
  • Yerro A, Alonso E, Pinyol N. (2016) Run-out of landslides in brittle soils. Computers and Geotechnics 80: 427-439.
  • Yerro A, Pinyol N, Alonso E. (2016) Internal progressive failure in deep seated landslides. Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering 49(6):2317-2332.
  • Soga K, Alonso E, Yerro A, Kumar K, Bandara S. (2016) Trends in large-deformation analysis of landslide mass movements with particular emphasis on the material point method. Géotechnique 66(3): 248-273.
  • Yerro A, Alonso E, Pinyol N. (2015) The material point method for unsaturated soils. Géotechnique 65(3): 201-217.
  • Alonso EE, Pinyol NM, Yerro A. (2014) Mathematical modelling of slopes. Procedia Earth and Planetary Science 9: 64-73.
  • Yerro A, Alonso E, Pinyol N. (2014) Modelling progressive failure in MPM. In: Proc. 8th European Conference on Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering (NUMGE), Delft, The Netherlands. pp. 319-323
  • Yerro A, Corominas J, Monells D, Mallorquí JJ. (2014) Analysis of the evolution of ground movements in a low densely urban area by means of DInSAR technique. Engineering Geology 170: 52-65.