Pablo Tarazaga

Pablo Tarazaga

Speaker 2016

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department; Principal Faculty in the Myers-Lawson School of Construction

Pablo A. Tarazaga currently holds the position of Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech in the Mechanical Engineering Department and is a Principal Faculty in the Myers-Lawson School of Construction. He currently directs the Virginia Tech Smart Infrastructure Laboratory (VTSIL) (http://vtsil.weebly.com ) and the Vibrations, Adaptive Structures and Testing (VAST) Laboratory (http://vastlab.weebly.com). His research focuses on the development of novel and fundamental insights that harness, measure, mitigate and analyze vibrations using complex multi physics modeling, innovative experimental testing and real-world implementations. Applications include large scale building instrumentation for human localization and tracking, security and threat detection, emergency response an evacuation, and smart material applications for fluid structure interaction in drag reduction and non-contact fluid mixing. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Alpha Foundation, Virginia Space Grant Consortium, National Institute of Standard and Technologies, Association of American Railroads, Army, and Engineering Research and Development Center.

He was awarded the 2014 Dean’s award for Outstanding New Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech and received the prestigious 2015 Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program Award.
Pablo holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA) and a B.S. from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayag├╝ez in Mechanical Engineering. He also carried out his post-doctoral studies at the University of Bristol, England.