People (winter semester 2019)


René Iribarren


With over 10 years experience in the field of hydraulics, Don René is the technician at the Laboratory of Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering, supporting our teaching, research and consulting with the best developments of laboratory and field measuring techniques.

Esteban Flores

Civil Engineer, MSc

He is interested in the field of Socio-hydrology, focusing in the interactions between rivers and rural communities. Our current study area is the Carampangue river and the communities at Arauco, Carampangue and Ramadillas. 

José Ignacio Aliaga

Civil Engineer

He is interested in the field of fluvial sediment transport. Currently, Nacho focus on the effects of river temperature on sediment motion.

PhD Students

Alonso Pizarro

Civil Engineer, MSc

Alonso is PhD candidate at the University of la Basilicata, Potenza, under supervision of Prof. Salvatore Manfreda.   He works on bridge pier scour.

Pedro Arriagada

Civil Engineer, MSc

Pedro is interested in hydropower plants, with focus in sustainability of hydropower.  

Laura Pérez


Laura is interested in the optimization of energy production through hydropower plants.   

Anita Laborde

Civil Engineer, MSc

Anita is developing a fishway for Chilean freshwater fish species.

MSc Students

Geraldine Alvarez

Civil Engineer

Gigi focus on the effects of gravel and sand minning on Panamericana bridges.

Pedro Yañez

Civil Engineer

Pedro focus on the scalability of sediments for physical modelling of sediment transport processes.

Nicolás Gatica

Civil Engineer

Nicolás is developing lab experiments and advanced numerical simulations to enhance our understanding of the hydrodynamics of an open channel flow.

Rubén Alarcón

Civil Engineer

Rubén is developing electronics for sensoring and control the flow dynamics in laboratory flumes.

Diploma thesis in Civil Engineering

Fabian Hellwig

Riparian vegetation effects on sediment transport processes

Carlos García

Advanced numerical simulations of riverflows under extreme hydrologic scenarios (draughts).

Katherine Hidalgo

Debris flow deviating structures: Laboratory experiments

Andrés Araneda

Physical modelling of reservoir sedimentation 

Jordan Flores

Numerical modelling of reservoir sedimentation

Edgar Fuentealba

Reservoir sedimentation: A study case in Central Chile

Constanza Veloso

Socio-hydrology of floods: the co-evolution of humans and rivers. Her case study is the lower reach of river Carampangue.

Carolina Ruiz

Numerical modelling of floods

Joaquín Peña

Field scour: measurement and modelling

José Vidal

Swimming of native fishes through videoing for fishway design

International Collaboration

Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal



U. Southampton