David Fernández Gutiérrez

Welcome, and thank you for stopping by!

During the past years I have been a PhD student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of California (UC) Berkeley, under the supervision of Prof. Tarek I. Zohdi in the Computational Manufacturing and Materials Lab. My PhD work focuses on establishing the basis for a new coupled method that combines smoothed particle hydrodynamics (SPH) with Voronoi diagrams. My ultimate intention is applying this numerical scheme to analyze the fluid-structure interaction of complex moving geometries.

Before coming to Berkeley, I worked for an Offshore Engineering firm, Seaplace. I was fully involved in a series of projects linked with the conceptual design and experimental tests of innovative ocean energy technologies for offshore power generation. Also, I played a key role in the product design, development, and subsequent sea trials of a dynamic positioning system for offshore operations.

If you have any further questions, you can reach me at dfg82[at]berkeley[dot]edu or fill the contact form.

Thank you!

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Fluid dynamics
  • Hydrodynamic & Aerodynamic optimization
  • Structural analysis
  • Control systems design

Computer Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

Star-CCM+, ANSYS Fluent

 

Programming Languages

MATLAB, C/C++, NI LabVIEW, F77

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

FEDEASLab, BV Mars 2000

 

CAD/CAM Modelling

AutoCAD, Rhinoceros, FORAN

MY BACKGROUND

2018   Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering
University of California at Berkeley

Thesis: Delta Voronoi Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics, δ-VSPH
Advisor: Prof. Tarek I. Zohdi

 

2014   M.S. in Mechanical Engineering
University of California at Berkeley
Report: Implementation of a Panel Method to Predict the Hydrodynamic Performance of Horizontal-Axis Marine Current Turbines
Advisor: Prof. Ronald W. Yeung

 

2008   Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Degree (Master's equivalent, international)
Technical University of Madrid
Capstone Project: Conceptual design of a cruise ship for 650 passengers

HONORS & AWARDS

  1. Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor (GSI) Award, granted to the top 10% GSI at UC Berkeley, 2016.
  2. Anselmo Macchi Fellowship for Engineering Graduate Students from UC Berkeley, 2015.
  3. Best professional trajectory for under 35 years old, awarded by the Spanish Association of Naval Engineers, 2013.
  4. Rafael del Pino Fellowship, awarded by the Rafael del Pino Foundation to the top 17 Spanish candidates for international graduate programs (from approximately 300 applicants), 2012.
  5. National Award for the Excellence in Academic Achievement, awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Education to the top 71 undergraduate Spanish students (from approximately 200.000), 2008.
  6. Highest GPA of all Naval Engineers who graduated from the Technical University of Madrid since 1974, 2008.
  7. Best Capstone Project Award by the School of Naval Engineering of the Technical University of Madrid,  selected between 50 projects, 2008.
  8. Academic Performance Award, granted to less than 0.5% of the students at the Technical University of Madrid, 2003.

WORK EXPERIENCE

2016   LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY (LBNL), Berkeley, USA  [ link ]
Graduate Student Research Assistant
(summer position)

 

2006 - 2012   SEAPLACE, Madrid, SPAIN  [ link ]
Naval Architect, Dynamic Positioning & Ship dynamics analyst

 

2003 - 2006   Model Basin of the Naval Engineering School at the Technical University of Madrid, SPAIN  [ link ]
Research Group Member

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  1. Graduate Student Instructor of ME 163 and ME107 (Engineering Aerodynamics and Wind Tunnel Lab) at UC Berkeley.
  2. Substitute lecturer in offshore engineering at the Technical University of Madrid.
  3. Capstone project co-advisor of one student from the Technical University of Madrid, who's project was titled Design of a Floating Platform for an Offshore Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT).

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