Awards, Grants and others


  • Best Reviewer Award - Journal of Hydraulic Research, Awarded  at the world congress of the International Association of Hydraulic Research (IAHR),  (2015)
  • Faculty of Engineering Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, The University of Sheffield. United Kingdom. 2012/13.
  • Sochid Prize of Hydraulics, given every two years by the Chilean Society of Hydraulic Engineering to the best graduate in Hydraulic Engineering from Chilean universities, 2003.
  • Manuel Mondrus Award, for best student in the Engineering courses of the graduates in 2001, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Concepción, Chile.
  • CONYCIT Scholarship for Ph.D. Studies, National Commission of Scientific and Technological research, Chile, 2004-2007.
  • Integrated DAAD/CONICYT scholarship for joint research studies at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, 2007.


  • Quantification of the influence of geometry on the flow developed over and through fractal and non-fractal groups of obstacles. EP/L026457/1. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). $ 209014 (£ 124,949). PI
  • Experimental and numerical investigation of pluvial flood flows and pollutant transport at and between system interface points. EP/K040405/1. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). (£ 654996). CO-I, PI: Dr James Shucksmith.
  • Instrumentation Grant for Small scale equipment, Cross-Disciplinary Image Processing in Civil and Structural Engineering, Funded by the Engineering and Physical Research Council, PI, £ 49660. 2011
  • Instrumentation Grant for small scale equipment, Sheffield Fluid Mechanics Group, Funded by the Engineering and Physical Research Council, Pi: Chris Keylock,  £ 50000. 2011
  • Yorkshire Water . £ 27098. Project 132296-11, 2011.
  • Shallow Dead Zone Dynamics, German National Science Foundations (Deutsche ForschungsGemeinschaft, DFG), Grant JI 18/18-1, together with GH Jirka, 2008-2010.

          International Research Collaborations

  • Bridge pier scour under flood waves. Fondecyt, Chile, Project 1150997. PI: Dr Oscar Link. University of Concepcion. 2014

Seminars and Lectures

  • International Scientific Committee member, Ninth International Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics, Riverflow 2018, Lyon-Villeurbanne, France. Organised by the International Association of Hydraulics Research.
  • Keynote lecture at the “VIII Simposio regional de hidráulica de ríos”, 8-10 November 2017. International Association of Hydraulics Research, organised by the National University of Cordoba, Argentina.
  • Organizer of  the Ercoftac's SIG 44-42: "Multiscale-forced Turbulent Flows: fundamentals and applications". September 2015. More information here.
  • Invited seminar: " On the spectral characteristics of multi scale forced wakes" School of Engineering, University of Leeds. January 2016
  • Invited seminar: "On the flow characteristics of multi-scale porous bluff bodies". Turbulence, mixing and flow control group, Imperial College London, December, 2015
  • Invited speaker at the Ercoftac update day 2015: "“Fundamentals and Applications of Fractal Turbulence"", Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS), Bristol, November 2015
  • Invited seminar: "Obstacles forcing in Environmental Flows". Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics group, University of Southampton, May 2015.
  • Invited speaker at the 10th Conference on Synthetic Turbulence Models. 4th and 5th September 2014, Erlangen, Germany
  • Invited speaker at the 2nd Workshop of the Special Interest  Group SIG-44 “ Turbulent flows: fundamentals and applications”, European Community of Flow Turbulence and Combustion, Poitiers, France. 2013 .
  • Invited seminar at the Aerospace Engineering Department, University Carlos III, Madrid, February 2013.
    • Invited  short course at the University of Parana, Curitiba, Brazil; Image-based experimental methods, 17-21 September 2012.
    • Invited Presentation at the IAHR UK Section, Sheffield 2012.

    Contributions to peer review process 
    • Journal Reviewer
      • Experiments in Fluids (Springer)
      • Journal of Fluid Mechanics (Cambridge)
      • International Journal of Multiphase flows
      • Environmental Fluid Mechanics (Springer)
      • Journal of Hydraulics Research (International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research)
      • Water Resources Research (American Geophysical Union)
      • Journal of Hydro-environment research (Asia-Pacific division International Association of Hydraulics Research)
      • Water Management (Institution of Civil Engineers, United Kingdom)
      • European Journal of Environmental and Civil Engineering

    • Conferences
      • Member of Scientific Committee, XXVI Latin-American Conference of Hydraulics, IAHR (International Association of Hydraulics Research)
      • Reviewer 37th IAHR World Congress, 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    • Associate Editor
      • Revista Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Fisicas y naturales, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina.


    • Member of the European Mechanics Society (Euromech)
    • Member of the International Association of Hydro-environmental Engineering and Research, IAHR.
    • Former Member of the UK-IAHR leadership committee.