Graduate Research Assistant
Florida International University
Francisco Chitty is a Ph.D student at FIU with a focus on structural engineering. He received his M.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering from Florida International University in 2016 and B.Sc. from Andres Bello Catholic University in 2014. As part of his Bachelor's research, he developed and published a structural retrofit scheme of a typical school's concrete structure in Venezuela to decrease its seismic vulnerability. As part of his Master's research, he worked on simulation of evacuation environments based on collected data by integrating three types of analysis: social behavior, architectural analysis, and structural analysis in one single simulation step during emergency scenarios. The study of evacuation scenarios was based on multi-scale methods for agent-based simulations. Currently, he is working on the FDOT-FIU research project "Florida Slab Beam Bridge with Ultra-High Performance Concrete Joint Connections".
Saturday, April 27
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM