The UCLA Civil and Environmental Engineering Department is excited to welcome our newest faculty member, Professor Enrique López Droguett!

López Droguett focuses on optimization, Bayesian inference and artificial intelligence supported digital twins and prognostics and health management based on physics informed deep learning for reliability, risk and safety assessment of structural and mechanical systems. His most recent focus has been on quantum computing and quantum machine learning for developing solutions for risk and reliability quantification and energy efficiency of complex systems, particularly those involved in renewable energy production. He has led many major studies on these topics for a broad range of industries, including oil and gas, nuclear energy, defense, civil aviation, mining, renewable and hydro energy production and distribution networks. López Droguett has authored more than 250 papers in archival journals and conference proceedings and serves as the associate editor for both the Journal of Risk and Reliability, and the International Journal of Reliability and Safety. He also serves in the Board of Directors of the International Association for Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management (IAPSAM).

In addition to his position at the engineering school, he will also hold an appointment at UCLA’s B. John Garrick Institute for the Risk Sciences. López Droguett will join UCLA Samueli in July 2021, following nearly six years at the University of Chile, where he was a professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Previously, López Droguett was a faculty member in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Maryland, where he received his Ph.D. in reliability engineering.

Read more on the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering website!