Dr. Zenon Medina-Cetina

Society for Underwater Technology in the U.S.

Dr. Medina-Cetina is Associate Professor in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering and in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering (Joint Appointment) at Texas A&M University, where he leads the Stochastic Geomechanics Laboratory @SGLtamu (2008 - Present). He is a Civil Engineer from the Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan UADY Mexico (Soil Dynamics, 1994), and a Master of Engineering from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico UNAM (Geostatistics, 1996). Dr. Medina-Cetina obtained a Masters of Science and a Philosophy Doctorate at The Johns Hopkins University (Stochastic Mechanics, 2001- 2006). He held a dual appointment at the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute NGI in Oslo Norway (2006 - 2008), in the International Centre for Geohazards ICG and in the Computational Geomechanics Division CGD. His research and consulting interests in Offshore Site Investigation and Geotechnics include System s Mapping of Risk, Reliability and Sensibility Analysis; Probabilistic Site Characterization; and Uncertainty Quantification of Multi-Physics Geomechanical Processes. He was elected twice Chair of the SUT's Offshore Site Investigation and Geotechnics committee (OSIG), where under his leadership set OSIG's Vision and Mission, while working together with the most recognized leaders in Geology, Geophysics, Geotechnical Engineering, Geomatics, Metocean, and Marine Archaeology in the USA.

Current Position at SUT
Hon Chairman & President, SUT Houston Branch
Member, Short-Courses, Communications, Student/Faculty Research, and Mentoring and Innovation OSIG Subcommittees

Bachelors of Science, Civil Engineering (Highest Honors), Autonomous University of Yucatan UADY, Yucatan Mexico, 1994
Masters of Engineering, Soil Mechanics, National Autonomous University of Mexico UNAM, Mexico City Mexico, 1996
Masters of Science, Stochastic Mechanics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD, 2005
PhD, Stochastic Mechanics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD, 2006

Professional Interests
His research interests are stochastic geomechanics, stochastic processes: spatio-temporal simulation (3D-T), risk, reliability and sensibility analysis, uncertainty identification, characterization, and propagation, inverse problems: bayesian and extended logic, photomechanics: identification of localization phenomena, geostatistics: probabilistic site characterization, optimal modeling and simulation of structures and processes, stochastic design of early warning systems, causal analysis through influence diagrams: bayesian networks, scientific computing: paralellization of Monte-Carlo methods, integrated site characterization: geologic, geophysical, and geotechnical.

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