Carlos Molina Hutt joined the Civil Engineering Department at UBC as Assistant Professor in January 2018. He earned his PhD degree in Structural and Earthquake Engineering in 2017 from University College London (UCL) in the United Kingdom, where he also worked full time teaching graduate and undergraduate courses. During his PhD studies, Carlos was a visiting scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China (2015-2016). From 2009 to 2013, Carlos worked as a structural engineer for Arup in New York. He is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of California in the United States and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). He is also a Chartered Engineer Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (CEng MICE) in the United Kingdom. Carlos obtained his MSc in Structural Engineering (2009) and BSc in Civil Engineering (2007) in the United States, from Stanford University and Villanova University, respectively. Carlos has experience as an independent consultant and has worked for civil engineering design firms, the humanitarian sector and the insurance sector (catastrophe modelling). He also provides structural engineering expertise to the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism and has deployment experience as a technical expert following damaging earthquakes, including Mexico in 2017 and Ecuador in 2016.
Carlos’ research encompasses computational methods emphasizing nonlinear simulation of structural performance in tall buildings, characterization of structural material and component behavior, performance-based earthquake engineering and resilience-based design. More recently, his research has focused on the innovation of structural systems that provide enhanced resistance to damage from earthquakes and other extreme loads.